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ONDCP’s Scott Burns has very tiny joints

Scott Morgan takes it to the drug czar’s office with A False and Embarrassing Press Release from the Deputy Drug Czar
Deputy Drug Czar Scott Burns tries to go after the decriminalization bill in New Hampshire and ends up getting it wrong big time, so much so that apparently lawmakers are passing it around for laughs.
Burns claims that the law would decriminalize “the manufacturing, possession, and/or distribution of 1.25 ounces or — over 90 marijuana joints.” The law would, in fact, only decriminalize possession of 0.25 ounces. And even in Burns’ deluded world, he’d still have to be rolling 2.5 joints per gram (and under the actual law, he’d have to be rolling 13 joints per gram). Now it’s true that people do have different sized joints, but generally one gram is average.
Be sure to read Scott Morgan’s full response, but here is the press release:

Press Release
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

STATEMENT FROM DEPUTY “DRUG CZAR”
SCOTT M. BURNS ON MARIJUANA
DECRIMINALIZATION EFFORTS IN
NEW HAMPSHIRE

(Washington, D.C.) — Today, Scott M. Burns, Deputy Director for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), made the following statement regarding marijuana decriminalization legislation, which is currently being debated in New Hampshire.

“Decriminalizing the illegal and highly addictive drug — marijuana — sends the wrong message to New Hampshire’s youth, students, parents, public health officials, and the law-enforcement community.

“The supporters of decriminalizing marijuana are fooling themselves if they believe the manufacturing, possession, and/or distribution of 1.25 ounces or — over 90 marijuana joints — is good public policy.

“Decriminalizing marijuana — the drug which sends the most of America’s youth into substance abuse treatment and recovery — is a dangerous first step towards complete drug legalization. In fact, marijuana sends the highest percentage of New Hampshire residents into drug treatment than any other illicit drug.

“The last thing New Hampshire need is more drugs, drug users, and drug dealers on their streets and communities — further straining limited law enforcement manpower and resources.

I strongly urge responsible leaders in New Hampshire to stop any effort to decriminalize or legalize the highly addictive drug marijuana.”

To learn more about the dangers of marijuana use, please visit:
http://www.ondcp.gov/drugfact/marijuana

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