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The Czar’s New Clothes

Obama Drug Control Policy: Gets Called Out For Not Meeting Its Own Standards

Excellent article by Mayura Iyer at PolicyMic discusses the recent GAO report that found that the government has made no progress towards its drug policy goals, and also talks about the disconnect in the newest strategy.

Despite hailing his plan as a “Drug Policy for the 21st Century,” Kerlikowske’s reforms are incomplete, as it completely neglects the issues surrounding marijuana use. The administration has yet to take a stance on medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, arguably its most complex drug issue to tackle within the problem. The report doesn’t even mention marijuana once, despite the fact that the number of states that have legalized marijuana is approaching 40%. Additionally, while the approach the White House has taken claims to be “science-based,” the amount of bureaucratic red tape scientists must go through to perform research on the medicinal qualities of marijuana prevents any effective research from being performed, an issue the report also failed to address.

Moreover, the National Drug Control Budget for 2014 released by the White House seems to value drug punishment over treatment for addiction, as 58% of the resources allocated for its drug policies are used for punishment and interdiction, while 42% is allocated for treatment and prevention. While this is a slight improvement from the ratio presented in the 2013 budget (62% to 38%), it’s nowhere near enough for the nation’s drug control policy to be headed towards substantial improvement.

The drug czar is fooling a number of people in the media with his latest PR blitz claiming to be leading a huge shift in policy (which is nothing more than talking about treatment while keeping the same old prohibition), but it’s good to see that it’s not swallowed whole by everyone.

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32 comments to The Czar’s New Clothes

  • “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

    – Joseph Goebbels – Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945

  • claygooding

    Old kerli is taking a beating,,but all he will get from me is a well placed kick in the nuts,,fucketh him and the horse he rode in on and anyone that rides a horse that looks like his horse!
    I will be making the march in Dallas next Sat,,get to walk by the book depository.

  • Servetus

    Kerlikowske doesn’t have the political authority to end a wrestling match between two kittens, much less end a drug war. So besides changing the cover and frontispiece of the annual ONDCP report, what could Kerlikowske do to make things better? He could start by keeping his mouth shut if all that’s coming out of it is a puke-fest of lies.

  • Tony Aroma

    Of course the official drug control policy doesn’t mention the legalization of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. Their strategy in that regard will never be made public.

    My prediction: The Feds will not make any official policy announcement about WA and CO. Ever. They might release another “Ogden Memo,” but nothing that clarifies their position or is legally binding. They will continue as they have — with smash and grabs, threats to landlords and property seizures, threats to banks and credit card companies, calling in the IRS, etc. However, I’d bet they rarely if ever actually arrest or charge anybody in WA or CO. That’s because they’ll no longer get any help from local LEO, and it will become increasingly difficult to get a marijuana conviction from a jury in those states. Instead, they’ll stick with doing things that bypass the criminal justice system (to avoid a showdown in court), and hope that Congress does something about the situation so the administration doesn’t have to make any actual decisions. When the administration says they’ll have an official response “soon,” what they mean by “soon” is “don’t hold your breath.”

    • darkcycle

      You nailed it. Grey market, here we come. I am expecting the same sort of thing. Their policy is more of the same.

    • Rick Steeb

      The government is truly hooked on their M.O. of theft under color of authority. To give up that [purported] “authority” is just too painful for them.

  • curmudgeon

    Kerl’s “Drug Policy for the 21st century” fails to mention that it is a policy for the 21st century B.C.

    • claygooding

      It wouldn’t have worked then either,,mary jane has this sultry appearance and demure caress that attracts,captures and enhances life so much it can’t be controlled or ignored.

      Man can no more “control” hemp than he can copy it or destroy it,,so get a str8 high today!

    • divadab

      Well – in the 21st century BC hemp was the fabric of choice among the Scythians and Tocharians, and hemp flower medicine was used for spiritual and health reasons from the Black Sea to SOutheast Asia. They would have laughed Kerli out of the place! As are we………what a flipping joke of a job, a sick oppressive lie of a joke, and what a self-serving hypocrite occupies the job. How can you respect a government that presents this guy as some kind of leader?

      • curmudgeon

        Divadab; slightly ot, but I’ve wondered why the archeologists who find braziers with charred hemp seeds seem to believe that shows that the users were using hemp seeds to get high. It seems to me that the seeds were leftovers from the flowers and leaves they were burning to get high.

        • allan

          curmudgeon…

          I suspect you’re right on. In the Scythians’ old sweatlodge sites they’ve found charred cannabis seeds. And if anyone has been in a native sweat a lot of folks brush the rocks, whether they use sage, cedar or sweetgrass… I can see a kind consemilla sticky bud being used (one of these days when I have both a sweatlodge and a nice cola I havta try that combo) to greet and brush the ash from the red hot rocks.

  • O/T

    Our good friend David Frum is back. How Drugs Ruined This Small Town

    Many people can experiment with drugs, then quit without excessive trouble. Some people can use drugs for years and remain more or less functional. But more of us – most of us – can’t. I haven’t seen Oxyana [the town of Oceana, which has an oxy problem] yet myself. But I’m looking forward to seeing somebody speak up for those who need their ability to “say no” to be supported by the law, not undermined by it.

    And how exactly is the law helping those people say no? Last I checked oxy was illegal for recreational use or self-medication. And “more of us- most of us” can’t use drugs while remaining functional? On what basis does Frum make that assertion? Frum has just insulted the millions of people who rely on opiates to treat their pain specifically so that they may remain functional, as well as the numerous functional addicts who work and then have to spend enormous amounts of their hard earned money on the black (or in this case grey) market opiates.

    An entire generation has been wiped out, and addiction touches everyone’s lives.

    Really, an entire generation? They’re just pills, not weapons of mass destruction.

    (accidently posted this on the last thread, re-posting here)

    • primus

      On what basis is he making this claim that an entire generation has been wiped out, especially since he hasn’t ever been to that town? On what basis is he making the claim that ‘many or most’ people can’t handle drugs without becoming hopeless addicts? Unmitigated hogwash is what it is.

  • Mike Parent

    Gil is a well paid Dupe. He knows all he has on his side is propaganda and lies!

    • claygooding

      2How much is your credibility and honor worth is the question that screams to be asked at the next press conference,,asked of a man that took a job knowing lies,hysterical rhetoric and false science would be required,,,fuck him and every drug czar that ever took the office.

  • allan

    well heck if it’s Kick-Gil-It’s-Monday day:

    (PDF) Brookings Institute Government Study Report – Marijuana Policy and Presidential Leadership: How to Avoid a Federal-State Train Wreck, by Stuart Tayor, Jr., April 2013

    And I missed this one, but it’s interesting, compelling to think that just the mmj side in AZ could directly create 1500 jobs and another 5,000 peripheral positions. Anybody here in a state NOT needing jobs?

    Study: Medical marijuana will create 1,500 jobs

    PHOENIX – Medical marijuana will create about 1,500 jobs in Arizona, says a new industry-sponsored study.

    Tim Hogan, an Arizona State University research associate who authored the study, used information from Oregon’s established medical marijuana industry to estimate the size of Arizona’s fledgling market.

    “It’s a pretty simple industry,” he said. “There’s not too much nuance. The main driving mechanism is how many patients.”

    Hogan found that the industry had the potential to create not only 1,500 direct jobs for marijuana growers and dispensary employees but up to 5,000 indirect jobs at places like grocery stores.

    Arizona has approximately 38,000 medical marijuana cardholders and is allowed 126 dispensaries, a percentage of the state’s operating pharmacies.

    • Tony Aroma

      Very well-done and thorough report.

      any future Justice Department attacks on the pervasively state-regulated marijuana industries to be set up under the new Washington and Colorado laws would be front-page news all over the country, and Holder and Obama would be held accountable for their subordinates’ actions.

      I hadn’t thought about that. They won’t be able to keep a low profile like they have been.

    • Duncan20903

      It’s much more accurate to say that the law is going to create 1500 new taxpayers.

  • allan

    More Kick-Gil-It’s-Monday stuff:

    Obama’s New War on Drugs Is the Old War on Drugs

    Don’t be fooled by the Obama administration’s recently revised drug policy.

    Essentially, we’re looking at a shift from forcing substance users into an overburdened prison system to forcing substance users (a.k.a. “people”) into soon-to-be-overburdened drug-abuse programs. And that’s required treatment that the convicted must pay for.

    What’s worse, there even seems to be lip service to the lip service. As much as the new drug policy touts an approach centered on treatment and prevention, there’s no doubt that enforcement and interdiction will remain a huge force in the newly rebranded Drug War. In fact, the Obama administration is allocating $9.5 billion for those purposes alone—up from $9.3 billion this year and $9.4 billion in 2012.

    • allan

      my bad, that’s only one headline (w/ a subhead) I linked, I shouldn’t have spaced it like that

    • allan

      and she’s still a one-note Harpie, screeching the same painful song, (found this email if anyone wants to invite her to dinner, lindataylor101(at)hotmail.com the caveat here is it may not be her but who else would use a hotmail addie same as their user name?)

      she once posted her email on the modestobee site and then yelped when she started getting tons of email… and blamed outing her email on us. It’s true. She once also off-handedly admitted on one site we owned that she was making several thousands of dollars a year for her activism.

    • Duncan20903

      What the heck? Isn’t she required by law to display a “wide load” sign on that rump?

  • DdC

    The Heartlessness of Dying for Prohibition
    in September of 2010, Mr. Smith was notified that he was eligible for a liver transplant and was placed on the liver transplant list. Mr. Smith continued his treatment and submitted to drug testing per the hospital’s transplant list policy. After testing positive for THC (one of the active chemicals in marijuana), Mr. Smith was taken off the transplant list and denied a life saving procedure. Mr. Smith died because of this. It did not matter to the hospital that Mr. Smith’s marijuana use was non-recreational, and was approved by his oncologist as a way to treat his chemotherapy side effects.

    When leaders act contrary to conscience
    “We must act contrary to leaders.”
    ~ Veterans Fast for Life

    “All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it. Therefore, the intellectual level of the propaganda must be lower the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it.”
    Benito Mussolini,
    “London Sunday Express,” December 8, 1935

    Just Say No…

  • firwerwonna

    Parasole ogrodowe to najczęściej spotkane na tarasach metody osłaniania się zanim prażącym nazbyt słońcem. Należy aliści pokazać, iż rozdysponowują one zaledwie gardę miejscową, oraz i odwiedzają ździebko potężne zaś ćpają nagromadzania ich w przypadku ustąpienia większych podmuchów wiatru. Producenci parasoli starają się wydarzenie wstać na wysokości żądania a także wyroby ów stają się ostatnio raz po raz solidniejsze. Powinno się wtrącić, że im deszczochron jest większy tym chętniej obszerna a także cięższa może przebywać jego postument. Najbieglej, gdyby pozostanie płeć piękna spowodowana z granitu bądź betonu. Znacząco wyższym, atoli podobnie jeno sezonowym wydaniem znajduje się zakwaterowanie nad tarasem markizy o zgodnym kawałku. Odpowiednie usytuowanie a układ roślin ogrodowych jest w stanie wykreować świetlane zadaszenie przydomowego tarasu. Najprawidłowiej oddają się notabene wszelkiego modelu pnącza plus winorośle. Nie wcześniej trzeba parasole ogrodowe niemniej jednak zadbać o to, iżby sążniste i sztywne pędy miały się, na czymże wesprzeć. Podporą gwoli roślin względny trejaż to znaczy pergola ogrodowa. Drewniane innymi słowy wypełnione spośród giętego żelaza konstrukcje ustalają roślinności wybór klasyfikowania zapędów i dodatkowo później kreowania rozpoznawczego, nigdy uczciwego zadaszenia. Z całą gwarancją takie tarasy powalą w najwyższym stopniu zdumiewające, trzeba lecz mieć znaczenie z ów, iż zadaszenie rozpocznie zostawać coraz parasole ogrodowe bardziej przeźroczysty co do jednego spośród nadejściem godziny jesiennej. Do sprokurowania powierzchni tarasu można posługiwać się różnorodne fizyczny. Najpopularniejsze przewalą tarasy zmontowane z płytek gresowych, klinkieru bądź mrozoodpornej terakoty. Aż do pokrycia tak zwane. tarasów ziemnych, to znaczy przyjętych bez ogródek na podparciu dają się doskonale kostki ewentualnie niedbały z betonu również naturalny kamień. Owe owszem te tarasy ciekną wewnątrz najbardziej długowieczne natomiast sprawiające użytkownikom najmniej zagrożeń. Elegancko na tarasie prezentuje się także powolne drzewo. Na tarasowe deski powinno się lecz podawać gatunki o wielgachnej stabilności a także twardości. Gatunki szczupłe powinni parasole ogrodowe stać się poddane ciśnieniowemu impregnowaniu. W zastępstwie drewna jest dozwolone zaważyć się na panele tarasowe przyrządzone z tworzyw kłamliwych. Artykuł ów wydaje się nieco niezrażony na poczynania mrozu i słońca, nie odkształca się jak i również nie pęka. Przegłosowanie zgodnych mebli aż do skweru istnieje nadzwyczaj określające, dlatego że narażone pozwolą one na podgrywanie różnych zjawisk pogodowych. Zarówno słońce, natłok, promienie UV, albo wahania temperatury są szczery autorytet na odporność naszych mebli, toteż pożądane byłoby kupić kąsa spośród wytrzymałych materiałów. W dziedzinie zgrabne powalą meble z rattanu, plastiku, glin, mineralnego rattanu, drzewa czy metalu i dodatkowo żeliwa. Do ogrodów nie wysyłamy mebli rattanowych ani drewnianych, dlatego, że psotne usuwają połączenie z wodą zaś słońcem i bardzo szybko ulegną zniszczeniu. Rewelacyjnie przeznaczają się atoli na altanki oznacza to zadaszone tarasy. Pozostałe warianty sprzętów damy radę odważnie uciec się w ogrodzie, ponieważ nie straszne sankcjonują im zatrucia, wilgotność, wielość jednakowoż palące słońce.

  • kaptinemo

    It never ceases to amaze. An entire generation has been lost to the prohibs because of their lying, not just about drugs but so much else, and when they still lie, they get that hurt look on their faces when nobody but the most ‘mentally disadvantaged’ believe them.

    Even the prohib’s rhetoric is aimed at the wrong generation. The one they could influence is literally dying off. The one they want to influence…knows they’re pathological liars and won’t give them the time of day. And that generation is the generation that is now paying the bills, tax-wise.

    They want legal cannabis…and don’t want their hard-earned tax dollars to pay for organizations like the ONDCP that stand in their way of accomplishing that.

    The fiscal ‘push’ will come to ‘shove’, and Kerli should keep a low profile if he wants to hang onto his little bureaucratic fiefdom longer. Calling this kind of attention to himself and ONDCP with such a social dynamic rising is not a good idea.

    • claygooding

      It is a great idea,,he is becoming the proof we need that everything he and his fellow drug czars were all willing to lie to the people that pay their wages and asked to do so by just as dishonest legislators.

  • allan

    I like this new calendar, there’s even a Kick-The-Drug-War-It’s-Tuesday day!

    Conor Friedersdorf – Mexico Is Ready to End Failed Drug-War Policies—Why Isn’t the U.S.?

    -snip-

    Given that Mexicans are the ones dealing with the dead bodies in the current arrangement, little wonder that they’re able to appreciate the irrationality more than America’s mystifyingly persistent drug warriors. Drugs can have awful affects all on their own. What’s even worse are black markets in drugs. There’s only one way to end them in a free country. And policymakers aren’t open to it, despite the fact that ending prohibition would weaken the cartels more than anything.

    So the carnage continues.

  • thelbert

    the war continues apace in the southwest corner. one easy to find dispensary is shut down, and 10 adults and 6 chilren have been tricked into selling various drugs to police officers posing as high school students. sheriff bill gore was surprised that cocaine and heroin were on sale to high schoolers. he expressed confidence in the outcome of the war, however. back in the thirties the only problem high schools had with drugs was the widespread marihuana use amongst teenagers. now the kids can get anything they want. it took a year and untold funding to root out these sixteen perps.