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 â€œDrug Policy for the 21st Century,â€ Kerlikowskeâ€™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 doesnâ€™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 â€œscience-based,â€ 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%), itâ€™s nowhere near enough for the nationâ€™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.
â€œIf 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.â€
â€œThink of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.â€
– Joseph Goebbels – Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945
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.
Kerlikowske doesnâ€™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 thatâ€™s coming out of it is a puke-fest of lies.
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.”
You nailed it. Grey market, here we come. I am expecting the same sort of thing. Their policy is more of the same.
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.
Kerl’s “Drug Policy for the 21st century” fails to mention that it is a policy for the 21st century B.C.
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!
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?
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.
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.
Our good friend David Frum is back. How Drugs Ruined This Small Town
And how exactly is the law helping those people say no? Last I checked oxy was illegal for recreational use or self-medication. And â€œmore of us- most of usâ€ canâ€™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.
Really, an entire generation? Theyâ€™re just pills, not weapons of mass destruction.
(accidently posted this on the last thread, re-posting here)
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.
Gil is a well paid Dupe. He knows all he has on his side is propaganda and lies!
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.
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
Very well-done and thorough report.
I hadn’t thought about that. They won’t be able to keep a low profile like they have been.
It’s much more accurate to say that the law is going to create 1500 new taxpayers.
More Kick-Gil-It’s-Monday stuff:
Obamaâ€™s New War on Drugs Is the Old War on Drugs
Donâ€™t be fooled by the Obama administrationâ€™s recently revised drug policy.
my bad, that’s only one headline (w/ a subhead) I linked, I shouldn’t have spaced it like that
Linda Taylor crawled out from under her rock!
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.
What the heck? Isn’t she required by law to display a “wide load” sign on that rump?
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.”
“London Sunday Express,” December 8, 1935
Just Say No…
VA prescribes/opposes addictive drugs for PTSD
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This is not a gardening blog!
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.
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.
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 Policiesâ€”Why Isn’t the U.S.?
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.
here’s a link:http://tinyurl.com/bmmp6mj