Drug Czar Says We’re in a “Serious National Conversation About Marijuana”
By Chris Roberts : SFWeekly – excerpt
U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske is in an unenviable position. The former Seattle police chief is criss-crossing the country advocating a different approach to drug law enforcement, while explaining why steps like the one his erstwhile home state took — legalizing small amounts of marijuana — are absolutely unacceptable. Amid talk of drug treatment and drug education, in a speech in San Francisco on Monday, he even went as far as to take a pot shot at medical marijuana…
It’s worth noting that the federal rhetoric on drugs does involve treatment and education as much as it does calls for cops, but Kerlikowske on Monday also made no bones about his office’s disdain for legalization as a magic bullet cure-all, and also made waves when he said calling marijuana medicine “sends a terrible message” to our nation’s teens. Unless those teens have a family member or friend whose health was saved by the magic plant, we suppose (or if they are medicinal users themselves).
“I guess it makes a difference when marijuana legalization gets more votes than your boss does in an important swing state, as happened in Colorado this last election,” said Tom Angell, chairman and spokesman for the Marijuana Majority, a legalization advocacy group. “From ‘legalization is not in my vocabulary and it’s not in the president’s,’ as Gil Kerlikowske often used to say, to ‘it is clear that we’re in the midst of a serious national conversation about marijuana’ is a pretty stark shift.”… (more)
It looks like it is up to the Congress to set things straight since the Administration will not. Don’t forget to ask why your representatives why the US government owns a patent on some products created from cannabinoids if there are no medical uses for marijuana; why they have licensed said patent for development, and why Bayer holds licenses to produce products in overseas markets.