The Message That Continuing Marijuana Prohibition Sends to Young People

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 7:55 am

A frequent attack used against marijuana legalization that it sends a bad message to young people. For example on NPR the new Drug Czar Michael Botticelli again used this trope to criticize the new legalization laws in Colorado and Washington saying, “I think that the movement toward legalization, I think, sends the wrong message, particularly [...]

Former Drug Czar’s Insane Rant About Drug Addicted Zombies Ruining Democracy

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 1:03 pm

I originally planned to fact check this Politico op-ed by former Bush-era Drug Czar John P. Walters, but it quickly became apparent his arguments were beyond logical refutation. The piece gets progressively more bizarre and disconnected from reality until it ends with Walter warning Libertarians that drug legalization could lead to a dystopic future where [...]

Rep. Cohen Wants to Make the Drug Czar Office Less Stupid

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 9:01 am

Currently the Office of National Drug Control Policy, known popularly as the Drug Czar office, is required by law to ignore the science surrounding schedule I drugs, like marijuana. Congress has expressly prohibited it from studying whether marijuana has any medical value and to oppose rescheduling even if that would be the right decision based [...]

No, Obama Didn’t End the War on Drugs

By: Wednesday April 24, 2013 8:43 am

The Obama administration comically thinks they deserve credit for ending the “war on drugs” simply because Obama has stopped calling their policies a “war on drugs.” This is despite the fact that the administration has done very little to change their war-style policies. For example, the Drug Czar’s communications director tweeted this. Ending the war on [...]

White House Offers Dismissive Response to Marijuana Petitions

By: Monday October 31, 2011 9:44 am

Since the Obama White House started the We the People petition site, the petition system has been dominated by requests related to marijuana legalization and medical marijuana. The Obama administration promised to formally respond to petitions with enough signatures — 25,000, raised from 5,000.  So last week as part of the late Friday news dump [...]

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