The Drug Czar’s Office Doesn’t Know What to Say about Marijuana Legalization

‘It’s safe to say that ONDCP as we know it has been completely destroyed’.

I’ve previously noted the reluctance of the current administration to actually debate marijuana legalization. When cornered, they’ll say they’re against it, but they won’t say why or offer any interesting observations about our marijuana laws.

Another great example appeared in this superb MSN piece on the merits of legalizing and taxing marijuana. The article goes on and on about the economic benefits of legalization, to which the drug czar’s office replied with a shrug:

A spokesman for the drug policy office declined to comment, saying the office wanted to wait until the Senate has confirmed Obama’s drug czar nominee, Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske.

This wait-and-see response may sound reasonable enough, but it’s totally nuts when you consider that opposing legalization is literally one of the fundamental purposes of the this office as defined by law:

Responsibilities. –The Director– […](12) shall ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) that–

1. is listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812); and
2. has not been approved for use for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration;

That is all perfectly straightforward, and yet the office currently has no talking points prepared when a reporter calls for a quote about marijuana legalization? ONDCP has never been anything other than a clearinghouse for unhinged drug war propaganda. It is literally a factory for designing crazy arguments against legalizing drugs. So if they can’t answer a simple pot policy question without the help of a guy who doesn’t even work there yet, then it’s safe to say that ONDCP as we know it has been completely destroyed.

Once the new drug czar arrives, the office will no doubt regroup and formulate some kind of response to the thunderous cries for reform that presently surround them. I’m sure whatever they present will be deeply problematic. But it is simply delicious to witness even a temporary collapse of the once-great government drug war propaganda machine.

– Article from Stop the Drug War (DRCNet).

Comments

15 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    They are on the run!Yes We Cannabis!

  2. Anonymous on

    I guess ignorance is bliss. Yet another brainwashed prohibitionist who resorts to name calling, fails to support their views with evidence, and utilizes the legal status of cannabis as their sole argument. Do some research into TRUE reasons why the 1937 marijuana tax act came into effect and you will discover that the American Medical Association was strongly opposed to this act. In addition, support for this act came from corrupt politicians, law enforcement, business men who viewed hemp as a threat to their profits [paper and textiles (Dupont)]. You repeatedly use the term “stoners” in derogatory fashion. I also take offence to your generalization that all cannabis users are uneducated and noncontributing members of society. Many cannabis users have PhD’s, MD’s, Master’s degrees. I personally have degree (Registered Nurse). You are right about one thing the DEA just enforce existing (unjust)laws.

  3. Sarah Palin's Pimp on

    You’re hilarious! Seriously…have you ever tried stand-up, or?

  4. Ron Pauls Bastard Son on

    Not one of you stoner activists bothers to counter argue, provide facts or experiences- you just dismiss contrary view and move onto gay weddings, racial slurs or lame pop culture platitudes. None of you have acrually left the starting gate.. so no wonder the real runners knock you over from behind on a regular basis

    Maybe thats why after 70 years of prohibition, 50 years of repeal activism you have achieved none of your goals, won no yards but instead, have become gold medal whiners and obtuse demanding crybabies

    opinion polls of of little value = they are opinions, nothing else
    One person one vote actually does count,
    and so far, after four generations of lawbreaking,
    the party stoners and their platform, finish dead last in the vote

    even Obama has stiffed you- all of your champions have pooped out
    Marc Emery skipper of the 420 Titantic is your strongest swimmer ?? whew

    who’s left to plead your case to Washington?
    maybe try the Olson twins

  5. Adimus on

    umm are blinders the first thing you put on in the morning when you get up? i’ve seen you posting on this site all the time. you know this isnt the only agency we talk to. we talk to everyone so that everyone at every level knows this is an issue that isnt going to go away. the entire point of bringing the issue to everyone including the enforcement agencies is to make it impossible for us to be viewed as an invisible minority. because we’re not. people do write and talk to their political reps. it just doesnt always change anything. also in some states polls show more people supporting marijuana legalization then gay marriages (which i also support even though im not gay). notice there are gay marriage laws but no marijuana legalization. they arent listening. check california’s approval polls. lately they approach 50%. so more and more citizen’s are agreeing with us. a true majority may not be long in coming. not to mention the pleading from external country leaders to end the prohibition so that they can pick up the shambles of their countries and rebuild what has been destroyed by drugs being illegal.

  6. RonPaulsBastardSonsDaddy on

    “this is why they are winning the drug war and the stoners are losing. Stoners are a minority, an invisible minority – a lawbreaking invisible minority who routinely cheat their taxman…”

    If that were the case, you wouldn’t be here. Tens-of-millions of responsible “stoners” are making positive changes – and that kills you inside. Keep talking loud and saying nothing.

  7. Ron Pauls bastard Son on

    They DO NOT seek the “GREATER GOOD” they seek to line thier pockets at tax payers expense!
    ——————–

    this is why they are winning the drug war and the stoners are losing. Stoners are a minority, an invisible minority – a lawbreaking invisible minority who routinely cheat their taxman..failure to pay the US marijuana tax-
    Now add annoying to invisible lawbreaking minority – not much left

    ‘Til you wise up, grow up and straighten up, nobody will listen to these sorts of retarded accusations that go nowhere.

    the ban of using tax money to legalize any dru not approved by FDA is mostly aimed at big Pharma who have 1001 “legalize my product” schemes- Don’t tell me you expected the DEA to promote the stoner cause because you don’t know how to do it ? No stoner has enough money, time,brains or motovation to get to first base.

  8. crispy on

    420 :)

  9. Pfarthing6 on

    It’s and excellent point made in “Honor Bound?”

    Why is anyone even bothing to approach an “enforcement only” agency on this topic? AFAIK, they have no ability to change cannabis from a Schedule 1 and further, are required to do their utmost to see that “nothing changes” in that regard.

    What should be done, is to point this out to all, like this article clearly does, and keep doing it until people get what these folks are all about: Enforcement with inpunity and without thought. Just like police.

    We need to draw the line where “they” are on the other side, and focus on pestering the people who can make the change.

    Well, that and also keep showing how the DEA, drug war, and ONDCP are all detriments to our free society. That’s good too.

  10. Anonymous on

    Now is the best time to hammer them on the issue. While their in dysfunction. Flood their offices with requests on the subject or whatever.

  11. Anonymous on

    Responsibilities. –The Director– […](12) shall ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) that–

    1. is listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812);
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    2. has not been approved for use for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration;
    That being said it seems as if they are just an enforcement agency maybe they should be told oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance. That puts them in a situation where, instead of seeking whats best for the people, they only pay attention to whats best for them.
    If they are “just enforcement” then as an agency they should not have a say in if it is legalized or not.
    They DO NOT seek the “GREATER GOOD” they seek to line thier pockets at tax payers expense!

  12. Ron Pauls' Bastard Son on

    Its clear what the duties of the ONDCP are- and thats set policy that will control the activities of druglawbreakers. They do not have to explain themselves over the phone to a reporter.Same for the DEA- they are the agency that enforces the drug laws.. they don’t have to explain themselves. That they declined to comment says more about their level of professionalism than that of the stoner reporter.

    If the stoners want change in the International Drug Laws, then they might well contact their elected representatives who actually _can make changes the stoner community desire in policy and law if the majority of your fellow citizens agree, So far they don’t agree with the wishes of the stoner minority :so good luck in your big job ahead- .

    The above agencies cannot make the changes some stoners seek: they are merely drug policy & enforcement offices. Call your elected representatives and set up a meeting to discuss your stoner community concerns.– the new Drug Czar will not likely play footsie with the stoners so keep your shoes on. The only way he can make changes the stoners seek is only after he has been ordered to do so by Congress and thy don’t seem to be interested .

    The new Drug Czar is honor bound to obey the dictates of Congress/
    not to serve the transient demands of special interest groups

    Footnote_ stoner reporter was stiffed out by the _receptionist- not the boss,

  13. Anonymous on

    so it looks like our next move should be to move cannabis to schedule 2 or w/e and get a study done homies

  14. kingfisher420 on

    what a suprise they have no anser. All they can do is think tank ways to keep saying no to change.I need pot just to keep my stomach calm becouse the governments make me sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!