I really thought I was done hearing that name

Remember John Walters? Yeah. We talked about him a lot here back in the day when he was the drug czar.

Well, he resurfaced on my Twitter with this response to cannabis legalization in New York.

The excellent Steve Rolles hit back and drew out even more nonsense from the old czar.

Still the same old John Walters.

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22 Responses to I really thought I was done hearing that name

  1. Servetus says:

    Still active in politics today, John P. Walters (former assistant to disgraced drug tsar Bill Bennett) as of 2021 was appointed the president and CEO of a neocon think tank called the Hudson Institute after lurking about its hallways since 2009 as its VP and CEO. Walter’s tenure is linked to some of the Hudson Institute’s troubling legacies; according to Wiki:

    The Hudson Institute has been criticised for pushing a climate denial agenda and accepting $7.9m from anonymous donors.[90]

    It has received funding from Exxon Mobil and Koch family Foundations both of which actively pursue policies of minimising the impact of climate change.[91]

    The New York Times commented on Dennis Avery’s attacks on organic farming: “The attack on organic food by a well-financed research organization suggests that, though organic food accounts for only 1 percent of food sales in the United States, the conventional food industry is worried.”[92] Another employee at the think tank, Michael Fumento, was revealed to have received funding from Monsanto for his 1999 book Bio-Evolution. Monsanto’s spokesman said: “It’s our practice, that if we’re dealing with an organization like this, that any funds we’re giving should be unrestricted.” Hudson’s CEO and President Kenneth R. Weinstein told BusinessWeek that he was uncertain if the payment should have been disclosed. “That’s a good question, period,” he said.[93]

    The New York Times accused Huntington Ingalls Industries of using the Hudson Institute to enhance the company’s argument for more nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, at a cost of US$11 billion each. The Times alleged that a former naval officer was paid by Hudson to publish an analysis calling for more funding. The report was delivered to the House Armed Services subcommittee without disclosing that Huntington Ingalls had paid for part of the report. Hudson acknowledged the misconduct, describing it as a “mistake”.[94]

    The institute, which publishes frequent reports on China, has received funding from the Taiwanese government.[95] Critics note that although the funding is declared in its financial returns “none of their researchers disclose the potential conflict of interest between Taiwanese funding and advocating for more U.S. security guarantees for and trade with Taiwan.”[96]

    The institute is described by its critics as “neoconservative”.[97]

    The institute has also received funding from the Pentagon. The group has recently pushed for “lead-ahead advancements like stealth aircraft” to compete with China and a greater focus on cyber warfare capabilities. The group received a $356,263 contract directly from the Pentagon this year to produce a “final report/brief” on aircraft defense. In 2020, it was paid nearly half a million dollars to produce reports and workshops on behalf of the Defense Department

    In terms of drug related policies that might interest someone like John Walters, the Hudson Institute is linked to Big Pharma, in this case, Eli Lilly and Company through the Institute’s funding in part by the Lilly Foundation. It is linked to Monsanto, makers of RoundUp, the herbicide the US wanted to apply to coca fields in South America until prevented from doing so by international health experts. It also has links to former VP Mike Pence, who famously said tobacco doesn’t cause cancer and then a short time later received a campaign donation from tobacco distributor RJ Reynolds.

    John Walter’s recent statements about marijuana and its consumers have officially cast his name back into the drug enforcement rackets. The Institute’s new prohibitionist meme will now increase public awareness of the woke killers within the contemptible war-bucks-themed Hudson Institute. Walter’s organization will not resonate well with civic minded cannabis connoisseurs, peace activists, agriculturalists, environmentalists or health care professionals.

  2. Son of Sam Walton says:

    The real problem is synthetic opiates. A wave of Pills to synthetic Mexican crap. England taught us that when you outlaw, you create a flood. Safe injection sites and all the goodies they give to take with you make the problems worse in one aspect while decreasing the problems in another–because of addiction and drug laws. Some say shooting up is more dangerous and can lead to quicker addiction. Yet there is a surge in free needles which is a ‘request’ for the more dangerous side of things, considering this surge (which always happens during war) is a giant byproduct of all the pills thrown out to Americans.

    Cannabis and hallucinogens will–should help alleviate chunks of the mental illness problems existing inside drug addictions and homelessness . . . it’ll rewire their brains for healing, problem-solving, and empathy.

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  21. Servetus says:

    Prince Harry — The Duke of Sussex – likes drugs.

    …reveals in his new memoir “Spare” that he has taken psychedelic drugs, smoked marijuana and even done cocaine over the years, which has helped him not only escape, but “redefine” reality. […]

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/prince-harry-says-drugs-let-me-see-truth-cocaine-psychedelic-weed

  22. Servetus says:

    Former New York City mayor and prohibitionist Rudolph W. Giuliani, who promoted a warrantless stop-and-frisk scheme that plagued many New Yorkers, is getting some payback by one of his former employees. Noelle Dunphy says working for him sucked and he kept hitting on her. She’s suing him for $3.1 million.

    https://nypost.com/2023/01/05/ny-woman-sues-rudy-giuliani-for-3-1m-claiming-he-demanded-sexual-favors-created-toxic-work-environment/

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