Friday, August 14, 2009

What does the War on Drugs Mean? Ask the Drug Czar!

"Drug Czar" Gil Kerlikowske said it himself this spring and repeated it in El Paso this week at the 6th Annual Border Security Conference: the phrase "War on Drugs" is inaccurate.

He told El Paso independent media The Newspaper Tree that there is no evidence legalizing marijuana would reduce the Drug War violence.

In a brief interview he repeated his stand that neither he nor President Barack Obama believe legalizing any drugs is worth talking about or discussing.

The Newspaper Tree notes that by law, the drug czar must opose any attempt to legalize the use (in any form) of illicit drugs. "The statute says we have to absolutely resist (legalization)," it quotes Kerlikowske as saying.

Kerlikowski also said that the administration intends to turn the focus of the War on Drugs to a public health problem: "We brought a group of prevention specialists together not long after I became the director. And the prevention specialists felt that their voices in quality prevention programs have not been heard."

When asked whether there is a difference between marijuana and hard drugs like cocaine, he deferred the matter to the attorney general.

And medical marijuana? "I think the medical marijuana, we're reserving that question for the medical community. The decision on whether marijuana actually has a medicinal benefit within its chemical compound is a question we're going to let science answer."

Did the end of Prohibition reduce violence in Chicago, and is that a possible model for legalizing marijuana? "I'm not sure I'd liken what we're talking about to Prohibition, but I don't think anybody thought after Prohibition was lifted crime ended as a result," Kerlikowske said.


One Fly said...

And the insanity will continue forever it seems.

thailandchani said...

They always fail to address the real issue which is why so many people feel the need to use drugs to cope with their lives.


an average patriot said...

Billie it is getting bad and it will get much worse. They are dragging people back to Mexico and killing them.

Rewards of $30 million pesos ($2.1 million) were offered for information leading to the arrest of:

The Gulf-Zetas Cartel: Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano
Pacific Cartel: Joaquin Guzman Loera or Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, alias “El Chapo”
Beltran Leyva Cartel: Arturo Beltran Leyva
Carrillo Fuentes Cartel: Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, alias “El Viceroy”
“La Familia” Cartel: Nazario Moreno Gonzalez

That does not include the worst but I forgot the name, oh well!

afeatheradrift said...

Sounds like we are still dancing around the issues. I see no change on the horizon. It's the war that never worked and everybody just ignores. We solve nothing, and we pay a good price for our nothing I'm sure.

Dave Dubya said...

This is America. Violence and war are the only answers we have to every problem. And the great unwritten law is basically "the US Government is NEVER wrong".

There's the sick rationale for spying on peace groups as potential enemies in our War OF Terror. Peace and justice are contrary to American ideals.

Shoot first and don't ask questions later. It is the American Way.