gil kerlikowske drug czar
The position of drug czar was meant to coordinate and improve U.S. drug policy, but traditionally drug czars have been little more than propagandists for the failed drug war -- ignoring science, opposing reform, and stifling debate.
Marijuana Majority spokesman Tom Angell doesn't buy it. He told HuffPost in a statement earlier this month: "The administration
White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske rolled out the latest annual federal drug control strategy this week. But his office has fallen well short of 2010 goals, a report released by the Government Accountability Office on Thursday found. Ryan Grim and Matt Sledge join Abby to discuss.
Marijuana may represent the federal government's most complicated drug policy challenge. Voters in Colorado and Washington
Read Kerlikowske's entire interview with Maclean's here. But while Kerlikowske may be expected to have some influence over
Nearly 758,600 Americans were arrested in 2010 for simple possession. That was about 88 percent of all marijuana arrests
Sure, we all worry about the meth tweekers stealing cable off bridges, the coke fiends committing petty crimes, the heroin junkies trespassing and loitering, and the alcoholics crashing their cars and getting into fights, but does anybody really think smoking weed is leading people to harm others?
"They're coming right out of our medicine cabinets, and yet these drugs are as addictive and dangerous as any other drug
On March 19th, community advocates, service providers, public safety personnel and public health professionals will come together to chart a new course in drug policy.
I understand, from firsthand experience, that we cannot arrest or incarcerate our way out of a problem as complex as drug use, and that a "War on Drugs" mentality is too simplistic an approach to be effective.