Thursday, July 23, 2009

Drug Czar: MJ Has No Medicinal Value

This just in from the Marijuana Policy Project:

President Obama's Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske, has stated marijuana has no medicinal value, according to the Fresno Bee. This contradicts the opinions of other organizations that feel it does.

I suppose this should come as no surprise since Obama has made some real goofy picks for his cabinet, but it does surprise me. I was just thinking the other day how nutty his choices for cabinet positions were- most of them, anyway. Then I remembered some of the drug reform groups- the Drug Policy Alliance being one- were hopeful that Obama's choice for drug czar might be supportive of drug law reform. I figured I should give credit where credit is due and point out Kerlikowske as one that might be a good choice.

I guess not. Looking at the Wikipedia entry on Kerlikowske, one has to wonder why anyone would pick him for any cabinet position?



At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Mr. Nice said...

Kerlikowske is a good cop. This is the problem with putting a cop in charge of medical policy. Kerlikowske will say whatever he is supposed to say to keep the peace. If he is running Seattle's PD, he can say medicinal cannabis has a legitimate purpose and his department won't harass medical cannabis users (even though they did raid a club). If he is running national drug policy, he can say medicinal cannabis has no legitimate purpose and his policies will reflect that. He is just taking orders.

At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on, Fred. That MJ business was funny.


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