I found a very interesting proposal regarding a comprehensive scheme for legalizing and regulating drugs. While I’m not sure I agree with every particular, it’s really not bad at all.
What do you think? Does North have what it takes to be Drug Czar?
Of course, it wouldn’t do any good. The problem, as I noted over at StoptheDrugWar.org, is that the ONDCP’s authorization from Congress prevents, by law, having a drug czar that is reform-minded (unless they want to break the law and just try to destroy the agency).
For example, this part of the job requirement of the Drug Czar:
(12) shall ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 812 of this title and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) thatÖ
(A) is listed in schedule I of section 812 of this title; and
(B) has not been approved for use for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration;
The ONDCP needs to be eliminated or changed. Otherwise merely appointing a new drug czar (even the blogger referenced above) won’t help.