DEA Agent Quits Job To Work in Washington Cannabis Industry

By John Vibes

A DEA agent left his job kidnapping cannabis users so he can work in Washington’s new legal cannabis industry

SEATTLE (INTELLIHUB) —  Ten-year DEA veteran Patrick Moen quit his job so he could work for a Seattle  based company involved in the marijuana industry.

According to The Oregonian, the former narcotics agent will now be tracking cannabis-related investment opportunities for investors with a company called Privateer Holdings.[1]

“It wasn’t an easy decision, it’s not one I took lightly. I talked with friends, family and coworkers. I sought out opinions. “When it comes down to it, this is an incredible opportunity for me professionally and personally,” Moen said.

Moen is the second Oregon DEA agent to take a position within the marijuana industry.Paul Schmidt, who was the highest-ranking DEA agent in Oregon until 2010, now also works as a medical marijuana business consultant.

“I think it was surprising to me that Pat would want to do what he is doing,” said John Deits, an assistant U.S. Attorney in Oregon who oversaw federal drug prosecutions in the state until his recent retirement. “I think it was surprising to a lot of people within his own agency. But obviously they are the ones that know a lot about the laws and a lot about marijuana.” Deits said.

Bringing ex-DEA agents into the industry is “politically savvy,” according to marijuana lobbyist Steve Fox, but he doesn’t really see the move as necessarily a positive one in general. “This industry now is about producing and marketing a product and the people who work for the DEA have experience in a different industry, which is arresting and prosecuting people for marijuana,” Fox said. [2]

Privateer Holdings CEO Brendan Kennedy, who has a background in venture capital, said Moen helps the company manage risk associated with the cannabis industry.

“Patrick’s role is to help us navigate a very complicated environment, to help us be in compliance with all of the local, state and federal regulations,” said Kennedy, whose company gets about five pitches daily for marijuana-related businesses.


[1] DEA agents finding greener jobs in lucrative legal marijuana industry – Oregon Live

[2] Oregon: Portland DEA Agent Leaves Job To Enter Washington Marijuana Industry –


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