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.
"It's the largest increase in treatment funding requests in two decades," he said of the new budget. Indeed, the White House
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.
Rafael Lemaitre, a spokesman for Kerlikowske's office, said in an email that illegal drug use was declining, with the exception
Read Kerlikowske's entire interview with Maclean's here. But while Kerlikowske may be expected to have some influence over
White House Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske shot down a question Monday about softening views on marijuana
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?
Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel on Sunday along with multiple prescription drugs, though the official cause
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.
The US fuels Mexico's drug earnings, which represent a full 10 percent of the country's economy. Each year, a whopping $25 billion in drug proceeds is smuggled into Mexico from the US.
The predominant role that criminalization and the criminal justice system play in dealing with particular drugs and drug use in this country is unsustainable in both fiscal and human terms.
I have been the director of media relations at the Drug Policy Alliance for ten years and this is one of the hardest hitting indictments against the drug war I've ever seen.
It's clear that if the administration really wants to continue -- and win -- a War on Drugs, the fastest, cleanest, best way to do so is to cut off the cartels' bloodstream by legalizing marijuana.
National polls now indicate that an estimated one out of two Americans nationwide support legalization.
Though the White House's new National Drug Control Strategy embraces specific policy options counter to those of the past thirty years, it differs little from its predecessor on fundamental issues of budget and drug policy paradigm.
President Obama spoke for millions when he said drug use should be treated as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue. He has failed, however, to change the drug war budget in a meaningful way.
It was not long ago when President Barack Obama's new drug czar, former Seattle police chief Gil Kerlikowske, swept into
2009 will go down as the beginning of the end of the United States drug war. There was more debate and movement toward sensible drug policies this year than in the last nine years combined.
Obama is not committed enough to drug policy reform to incur the symbolism taking any steps towards liberalization would send.