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.
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.
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?
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.