PORTLAND, Ore. - A Portland DEA agent has left his position to join a Seattle firm that invests in the marijuana industry, joining a small but emerging industry that projects to keep growing with legal pot in Colorado and Washington state.

The Oregonian reports ( ) 10-year DEA veteran Patrick Moen made the jump to Privateer Holdings last month.

The 36-year-old lawyer spent his career busting up trafficking rings for drugs like meth and ecstasy. And he acknowledges that some of his former DEA colleagues are less than enthusiastic about his career choice.

But Moen says the opportunity was too good to pass on. He will assist the firm with state and federal compliance issues.

Moen also says the medical marijuana system in Oregon needs a complete overhaul to prevent abuse.

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