I can’t help myself. These pieces are comedy gold. And now Cliff has turned out his third in a relatively short time on drug policy, and this one is amazing.
This time, he’s gleefully reacting to the recent Christian Science Monitor piece that strangely lauds Drug Czar Kerlikowske for his speech to a Police Chiefs Association.
Here’s what’s hilarious. Because the Drug Czar, when talking to Police Chiefs, said he opposed legalization, this is somehow a bold and courageous step by Kerlikowske, putting him “on a collision course with Holder and perhaps Obama himself” and providing “a tremendous setback” to us drug policy reformers.
This has to be perceived as a tremendous setback for Nadelmann and the rich liberals, led by George Soros and Peter Lewis, who have financed the drug legalization and “medical marijuana” movements. The Kerlikowske speech constitutes belated recognition that the drug wars south of the border are inexorably linked to the growing use of marijuana in California, where some of the same Mexican drug gangs are planting and harvesting their crop.
Um… Any argument that the drug wars south of the border are linked to marijuana sales in the States is a clear argument for legalization.
Oh, wait, I think he’s going to call us rich again.
Despite the wake-up call from Obama’s own Drug Czar, the well-financed movement to legalize dope continues on many fronts. On Thursday, March 18, Joyce Nalepka, former President of Nancy Reagan’s favorite charity, the National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth, will testify in hearings before the Maryland State Legislature in Annapolis. She says that Maryland Senate Bill SB 627 would allow use of marijuana under the guise of “medicine.”
It’s a medical marijuana bill. It would allow the use of marijuana as medicine, which it is.
Thursday will mark the ninth time Nalepka has testified on this issue in Maryland. “There is nothing new to say, except the marijuana that kids are using today is so much more potent, they refer to it as ‘Skunk.’ Eighteen nations, including the U.S., now link ‘Skunk’ marijuana to depression, psychosis and schizophrenia,” she says.
Who calls it skunk here? I thought that was a British thing.
Now here’s where Kincaid’s prose becomes a thing of beauty. Note the heightened drama, the detachment from reality.
On the national level, supported by Soros and Lewis, then-candidate Barack Obama adopted the soft-on-drugs approach. As President, his Attorney General Eric Holder decided to withhold federal resources from the war on drugs in California, at least as they apply to the growing “medical marijuana” program. But that was before a psychotic pothead named John Patrick Bedell came all the way from California with a “medical marijuana” card and opened fire on the entrance to the Pentagon, wounding two guards before getting killed himself.
Ironically, on the same day that Bedell was preparing his assault, Kerlikowske was getting ready to speak to the California Police Chiefs Association Conference in San Jose, California. His topic: “Why Marijuana Legalization Would Compromise Public Health and Public Safety.” The speech was so powerful, in terms of the facts he presented about the problems associated with marijuana, including “medical marijuana,” that it is somewhat shocking to consider that he has a job in the Obama Administration.
Shocking, I tell you! Of course, in fact, Kerlikowske’s speech was nothing special â€” the re-hash of the same stuff that’s been said a million times before, and is mostly wrong or irrelevant.
Predictably, Kerlikowske is being attacked by the illegal drug lobby. The Peter Lewis-funded Marijuana Policy Project called his speech “supremely uneducated.”
Like John Patrick Bedell, the potheads won’t rest until society recognizes their right to smoke, grow and even worship pot. Do they have an ally in President Obama? “Yes we Cannabis!” they say.
But the public, concerned about a generation literally going to pot under a President who inhaled and liked it, may have something to say about that.
With all the criticism of Obama’s various “Czars,” at least one of them, Gil Kerlikowske, has taken a bold stand that is out of step with what Obama’s “progressive” base has been demanding. It will be interesting to see how long he lasts.