Least surprising headline of the week

April 18, 2013
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Gil Kerlikowske, Drug Czar, Opposes Marijuana Legalization

Really? That’s news?

It did get Kevin excited…

Kevin Sabet tweet: Today: Gil Kerlikowske, Obama’s Drug Czar, Opposes Marijuana Legalization http://t.co/UbFX09Za5V

Today. Like it was breaking news.

Of course, we know it’s no surprise. It’s not like he has a choice:

Responsibilities. –The Director– [...]

(12) shall ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) that–

  1. is listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812); and
  2. has not been approved for use for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration;

Kevin, however, sees it differently.

Tweet: @TransformDrugs That reading of ONDCP’s authorization is 2nd biggest “mountain out of a molehill” instance/mistake made by reformers.

Again, really?

How else can you possible read it? If there’s another way to read it, then maybe we can just read the drug laws to say that marijuana isn’t really illegal.

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Pete Guither is the editor of drugwarrant.com

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