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David Harsanyi has a good read in the Denver Post: The government’s sorta-kinda-maybe logic

It could be argued that the most useless job in Washington, D.C., is held by John Walters, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He’s otherwise known as the country’s Drug Czar.
And when you consider the spectacular number of useless jobs in Washington, that’s quite an accomplishment.
No one is saying, of course, that it’s easy being a figurehead of a cost-inefficient organization charged with implementing the biggest domestic policy disaster since Prohibition.

Ouch.
He goes on to attack the latest nonsense from Walters about teens, marijuana and mental health:

“Adolescent marijuana use may be a factor that triggers psychosis, depression, and other mental illness,” explains Walters, who admits “research about causality is still ongoing.”
Ongoing, doubtlessly, until Walters unearths the answer he’s looking for.
It’s not often you see half-baked phrases like “Could Actually” in the title of a study. You’ll also notice Walters also says it “may be a factor.” Because, in other words, “it may not” be a factor at all.

And then he really nails it:

And in the end, it is also irrelevant. Children shouldn’t use drugs, and even if drugs were legalized, no one is advocating children should be able to use them.

Read the whole thing — it’s a really excellent OpEd.

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