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Eliminate the Drug Czar’s office

The House is currently debating H.R. 1, which would fund the government for the rest of the current fiscal year. As part of this debate, Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Ron Paul (R-TX) are introducing an amendment to eliminate funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, commonly known as the Drug Czar’s office.

Apparently this is going on right now.

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21 comments to Eliminate the Drug Czar’s office

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  • denmark

    Of course we should eliminate the Drug Czar office and everything connected with it. Will it happen in my lifetime? I’m getting old and wondering.
    Sent. MPP, well … not my cup of tea.
    NORML rules, always has.

    Sent off to Sensible Washington for my petitions.
    Sensible Washington learned that its recently filed marijuana legalization initiative has been assigned I-1135 by the Washington Office of the Secretary of State.

  • Jake

    What would be the reality of getting rid of the ONDCP? Someone would have to take up the prohibitionists mantle/corporate face.. I don’t want to play devils advocate but I’m sure someone/thing like the DEA would relish the chance (and have the funds to hire ‘spokesmen’) to spout their even harder-line anti-drug BS..? Or will it be like we hope – another nail in their coffin?

  • kant

    I think jake is onto something. would it really be a good thing to get rid of the drug czar?

    Without the drug czar, for lack of a better phrase, who do we blame? blaming an idea requires lots of addendums and explanations. Blaming an agency is hard because with the drug war isn’t not just DEA but many agencies federal and local. Both of these targets are non-specific and harder to talk about with the average joe.

    The drug czar is a consolidated, easily identifiable target. We can easily take what he says, show how it is pointless/damaging/counter-intuitive and say this is the person leading our nations drug policy. We can say “well last year he said that violence in mexico was a sign of us winning, now he says that we need more?” & “he says we’re switching to a more balanced approach yet we spend twice as much on Law enforcement than rehabs. That’s balanced?” Or that he’s required by law to lie.

    When we point out that the nations top drug cop (and director of all our federal drug law enforcement) is lying through his teeth, it’s easier to question the integrity of the system.

    these could just be paranoid ramblings though so take it with a brick of salt (before they ban salt).

  • Paul

    Oh my, no. Eliminate the office. One less opponent, one less media mouthpiece. Out with them.

  • claygooding

    Without the drug czar we can start blaming the congress,the inventors and supporters of the w.o.d.
    Without their support and ready checkbook too continue revving up the wod,the drug czar is their scapegoat when America finds out that they are ultimately the ones to blame for wasting a trillion dollars and still counting,with no results.

  • vicky vampire

    Hey if they close the Drug Czar offices, can we here have all the old and new Furniture, Pete will make a burning man out near a big field and have wonderful bonfire this Spring,Of course will get fire permits,GOD I THINK I have spring fever that’s all these crazy thoughts taking over, can’t you just see old Gil’s face while his office furniture and old Drug war files Burn too. Oh what a nice dream.

  • Bailey

    It’s difficult to unmake bureaucracy. I say good luck to them! If people would bug their congresspersons enough publicly, it might get debated. Uhh, the abysmally slow pace of government…

  • Ned

    Elimination happens to the least powerful first. The constituency that supports the ONDC isn’t poor or unemployed. It’s other bureaucrats and various Law Enforcement agencies.As government “insiders”, well entrenched in the status quo, eliminating the ONDC will be similar to trying to eliminate the ATF, at least from a beltway point of view.

  • kaptinemo

    Given that things are, as predicted, becoming even worse economically, it’s not such a far reach to aim for eliminating the ONDCP.

    Very soon, it will become evident to the dimmest bulbs in the American box that we need to cut government spending. It’s already being talked about in Congress. A lot. But as usual, the biggest ‘sacred cows’ (Defense, Congress itself, etc.) have lots of lard on them, enough to deflect most budgetary butcher knives.

    But when it comes to the ONDCP? Well, consider this: since 1994, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has repeatedly given ONDCP very low marks with regards to their efficacy as an agency.

    Because it was politically (and economically) cheap at the time to ignore such (well earned) criticisms, nothing was ever done.

    But now? With tens of millions out of work, and those who’ve been unemployed the longest becoming ever more restive and angry at the government for their plight, the time is ripe for some ‘enterprising’ (translation: opportunistic) pol facing re-election to find him or herself a useful means of showing their constituency that they’re on the job, in cutting government waste.

    And what would be a perfect target? One already condemned by the OMB numerous times for being exactly that, a proven giant, ineffectual waste of taxpayer’s dollars.

    ONDCP is a sitting duck for any pol with the stones to take them on. Their record of horrendously expensive failure after horrendously expensive failure, like blowing a billion dollars on an ad campaign and then finding out they’ve been taken for suckers when the company they contracted overcharged them and got caught, doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in their ability to efficiently steward the taxpayer’s money they’ve been given.

    A mountain of malfeasance is covered by the ONDCP rug. If a pol were to really take them on, ONDCP would be consigned to the history books as another failure at something that in a saner country would have never been attempted.

  • Jake

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/16/congressmans-budget-cuts-target-the-war-on-drugs/

    Another amendment, No. 427, would prohibit funds being made available for the investigation or criminal prosecution of any person for the possession, manufacture or distribution of marijuana.

    Although some pretty bad right wing amendments also being proposed..

  • ezrydn

    So, how’d the vote go?? I watched for a while but nothing came up that caught my attention.

  • noah

    vicky vampire
    yeah i like that lets get his Furniture, but instead of burning it at burning man let’s piss of old gil a little more.. by using the furniture for Pete’s New Couch.

  • noah

    vicky vampire
    yeah i like that lets get his Furniture, but instead of burning it at burning man let’s piss of old gil a little more.. by using the furniture for Pete’s New Couch.

  • This is not my America

    Wholly nut cutting Batman! Could this be the end of our arch enemy?!

    No Robin. Evil always finds a way to survive but, dont worry, we’ll be watching and waiting.

  • vicky vampire

    HEY,Noah depending on quality of wood we can make a bunch of decorative Cannabis Stash boxes too for everyone that posts here.

  • DdC

    Congressman Targets Federal Funding for the War on Drugs
    Colorado Congressman Jared Polis has offered two amendments to the House continuing resolution that would eliminate much of the federal funding for the war on drugs in the United States. full story

    Colombian President Open to Drug Decriminalization
    CANNABIS CULTURE – In an interview with the magazine Semana published Sunday, Conservative Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he was open to decriminalizing drug possession. full story

    Activist Boot Camp
    Posted by Don Duncan February 17th, 2011
    This weekend, patients and advocates in more than twenty cities and nine different states will participate in ASA’s National Call to Action: Activist Boot Camp, the nation’s first virtual skills-building conference for medical cannabis activists. The Activist Boot Camp is a part of ASA’s commitment to educating, training, and empowering a powerful grassroots base nationwide. full story

    New Medical Marijuana Farmers Market Opens In Seattle On Feb 27, 2011

  • noah

    oh I love that idea Vicky and we could sell them for donations!! to help,with the upcoming state ballots for marijuana legaliztion,like washington and the likes.. now that that’ll be a big old penis slap in the face of old gil..and if you listen very closely.. you’ll hear John Walters in the back ground mumbling.it wouldnt have happend if i was there.. lol

  • warren

    If every drug on the face of the planet disappeared this office would exist for years. To get rid of garbage like this good old fashion violence is needed. Like what happens with any significant change to this country. So therefore since mj brings about nonviolent feelings and actions we are doomed to be controlled by the large smelly orifices [located below the belt]that have the upper hand in this foolish drug war.

  • ezrydn

    They ran through the amendments, voting on each one for 2 minutes. Does anyone know how that vote went on what we’re discussing here???

  • joshdean

    they refused to hear it.they told them to quit being stupid a american agent just lost his life called them selfish,and americans dont believe in firing their drug advisors.we just need to amp up the war for em they’ll get the message sooner or later.