“It’s time to use science and common sense to direct our efforts — not ideology, not positions of the past, but a fresh look at what the data tells us. We also need the willingness to rethink old positions and particularly to change direction when the science says it’s time to change direction”
That’s from a recent keynote address on drug policy. Who said it?
Update: Billy Bob gets a point for being the first to guess that it was by “Deputy Director of the US Office of National Drug Control Policy, A. Thomas McLellan. Gil Kerlikowskeâ€™s #2 guy.” It was delivered to the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD 46) of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday in Miami, Florida.
Of course, McLellan works for Kerlikowske, for whom changes of direction are not even in his vocabulary, so it’s not likely that the ONDCP or the administration are going to actually, in any significant way, follow those words.
But hearing them said can embolden others, and open up the minds of individuals who otherwise have been closed by government propaganda. And that’s where the real battles are that we’ll win â€” with the people, not the bureaucracy.
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