The Kinder, Gentler Drug Czar Still Wants to Lock You Up for Pot

Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske has a new article on The Huffington Post where he once again attempts to fulfill his statutory duty to scare the bejeezus out of Americans who might be considering the legalization of marijuana in three states and the medicalization of marijuana in a dozen others.

This time he cites stats from something called ADAM, warning that over half of arrestees in ten surveyed metro areas tested positive for drugs! You need to be afraid, very afraid, of the crime-seeking drug junkies!

He opens by setting the “Kinder Gentler Drug Warrior” frame established by his former adviser, Kevin Sabet, Ph.D. — the idea that both legalization and prohibition are ideological extremes. Gateway Gil has even begun using our terminology (“we can’t arrest our way out of this problem”) to pretend that the Obama Administration presents a rational, compassionate third approach:

One month ago today, we released the Obama Administration’s 2012 National Drug Control Strategy, a drug policy grounded in sound research from the world’s preeminent drug abuse researchers. This policy marks a departure from the debate I’ve seen develop during the past few years, which has lurched between two extreme views. On one side are those who suggest that drug legalization is the “silver bullet” solution to our nation’s drug problem. On the other are those who still believe that the “War on Drugs,” law-enforcement-only strategy is the way forward. Our policies reject both these extremes in favor of a “third way” to approach drug control.

How does that “third way” work? Well, instead of busting you for smoking pot and putting you in a cage, the kinder gentler drug warrior will bust you for smoking pot and put you before a judge in a drug court who lets you “choose” between rehab and a cage. Then in rehab, they’ll force you to swallow and regurgitate lies about your “problem” marijuana use, require you to pee in a cup and, should that turn up positive, put you in a cage for smoking pot for a longer time than if you’d just chosen the cage in the first place. See, in the old “War on Drugs” paradigm, we only created jobs and revenue for cops, judges, lawyers, and prison guards. With the “Kinder Gentler War on Drugs,” we add jobs for rehabs, pee testers, and probation officers, too.

– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.

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  1. Johnnyseed on

    I have posted many times and spred that patent number when ever faced with non belief that its more than pain relief. But still not one listens. I guess just keep spreading that Patent buddy good post

  2. Anonymous on

    legal document public domain U.S. Patent # 6630507 stops the “medical marijuana is a myth”

    Sure enough, patent number 6,630,507 states unequivocally that cannabinoids are useful in the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of diseases including auto-immune disorders, stroke, trauma, Parkinson’s, Alzeheimer’s and HIV dementia. The patent, awarded in 2003, is based on research done by the National Institute of Health, and is assigned to the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.

    So, why is this important? Here is a legal document, in the public domain, which flies in the face of the US Government’s stated position with regard to the classification of cannabis as a Schedule I substance having no “currently accepted medical use”. Believe me, citing this patent stops the “medical marijuana is a myth” advocates dead in their tracks. They simply cannot argue with it. The forces that would keep cannabis illegal are vocal and well funded, but they are not impervious to persistent effort. The lynch pin in the War on Drugs is cannabis. Without the suppression and interdiction of this popular and widely used substance, there simply would not be enough “illegal drug use” going on to justify the huge amount of money and resources spent on “fighting drugs.”

    Update ~ Dreher’s research has hit mainstream media. See Fox news report. An excerpt 3.20.2012:

    Melanie Dreher, who is the dean of nursing at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, did a study in Jamaica. It was actually published in the American Journal of Pediatricsin 1994, but now it’s re-circulating because of all the interest in the neuroprotective properties.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC20965/

    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1998 July 7; 95(14): 8268–8273.

    PMCID: PMC20965

    Medical Sciences

    Cannabidiol and (?)?9-tetrahydrocannabinol are neuroprotective antioxidants

    A. J. Hampson,*† M. Grimaldi,‡ J. Axelrod,* and D. Wink§

  3. Paul Pot on

    Drug Vader will save us from the evil druggie rebels.

    Notice how they always talk about criminals and drug abusers but they never talk about people.