To me that seems to imply that the Attorney General acts according to the POTUS' will in these matters. This is the person who is holding it up:
Michele Marie Leonhart
is an American
career law enforcement officer
and the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA). Since the resignation of Administrator Karen P. Tandy
in the fall of 2007, Leonhart also served as Acting Administrator of the DEA. On 2 February 2010, President Barack Obama
nominated Leonhart for the position of DEA Administrator;
the nomination was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration (nomination no. PN1430-111).
Leonhart has consistently turned down research into the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of marijuana, and has a track record of undermining state law with regard to legal medical marijuana. On July 21, 2010, several pro-legalisation groups called on President Obama to withdraw his support of Leonhart, including SSDP
, and DPA
In 2011, the Washington Post
reported that "994 people younger than 18 were killed in drug-related violence between late 2006 and late 2010" and that "[i]n 2009, the last year for which there is data, 1,180 children were killed, half in shootings."
In response to these statistics, Leonhart declared that while it "may seem contradictory, the unfortunate level of violence is a sign of success in the fight against drugs
In 2012, Leonhart testified before Congress and refused to say that marijuana is less addictive or harmful than methamphetamine, heroin, or crack-cocaine