Meet Obama’s Drug Czar, Same As The Old Czar

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 23, 2009

    Yes, we know that the Drug Czar is required by law to lie, but given the abysmally low standards set by Gil Kerlikowske’s predecessor we certainly expected better than this.

    Drug czar: Feds won’t support legalized pot
    via The Fresno Bee

    The federal government is not going to pull back on its efforts to curtail marijuana farming operations, Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Wednesday in Fresno.

    … “Legalization is not in the president’s vocabulary, and it’s not in mine,” he said. … “Marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit.”

    Most folks visiting this blog ought to recognize Kerlikowske’s first bit of hyperbole; after all, this isn’t the first time the Czar has admitted to possessing a severely limited vocabulary. It’s Kerlikowske’s second allegation — an outright lie — that truly has people flabbergasted. And with good reason.

    Hundreds of scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals now document the therapeutic utility of cannabis. That’s why thirteen states, encompassing more than 25 percent of the US population, have legalized the physician-supervised use of pot. To add insult to injury, the Drug Czar was visiting a medical marijuana state (California) when he made his asinine remark.

    Then again, the Kerlikowske is stunted by his limited vocabulary. So perhaps he is unable to read the findings of the hundreds of studies presently available in the scientific literature. But is that any excuse to deny what is taking place in front of his eyes?

    For instance, a new study published in the Journal of Opioid Management just days prior to Kerlikowske’s foot-in-mouth speech affirms:

    “Clearly, there is a growing acceptability of the therapeutic practice of medicinal cannabis use amongst organized medicine groups. … Estimates indicate that in 2008, approximately 7,000 American physicians have made such authorizations for a total of approximately 400,000 patients.”

    So which is it Gil? Are more than 7,000 US physicians really all just snake-oil salesmen? Are 400,000 US patients actually just suffering from one massive placebo effect? Or are you sir, just like your predecessor, simply full of sh*t?

    164 responses to “Meet Obama’s Drug Czar, Same As The Old Czar”

    1. Dirk says:

      i think he’s full of shit

    2. R.O.E. says:

      Dear Drug Czar,

      I understand that you have a limited vocabulary. Well…let me help you with this limited education of your.
      Repeat after me “Prohibtion is dangerous and has no social benefit.” This will conclude class for the day.
      Tomorrow class we will be working with the words”I am not a medical professor.”

      Thank you
      Your teacher,
      The People of the United States of America.

    3. Rob dizzle says:

      Why is everyone so set on legalization, when we need to decriminalize it first to begin legalization legislation. I’m high and think you guys have smoked too much pot to get a correct focus on this. Believe me I want it legalized as well, but we have to start small by atleast proofing a point that it isn’t a crime to smoke pot. (decriminalized). Then proggressivly legalize marijuana into the market, to show we aren’t forcing our culture into society. PAITIENCE!!!! (added by Mobile using Mippin)

    4. Str8Rydah11 says:

      Still won’t stop my cultivating efforts. Assholes!!

    5. DeadRat says:

      It makes me sad that he is from Seattle. I thought there was some hope since the police are a little more lax about weed here than in a lot of other places, but it sounds like we are in for the same old bs for a while longer.

    6. My guess is he toked on some strong shit when he was in college and it made him paranoid and he wet himself. He dont like it himself so he thinks its gotta be bad for every single person in America as well. Gettin fuckin sick of these people.

    7. Str8Rydah11 says:

      The government is dangerous and Obama is no better than Bush. He feeds us too much information, that’s just as harmful as not getting enough. We have to take matters into our own hands. The government hasn’t figured out how to corrupt marijuana yet. As soon as the drug companies get their hands on medical strains we’ll be right back to the pill poppin state we’re in now. It’s not about taxes or the harm/good it will do, it’s about THEM having that power over US, so they can dictate policy, the same policy’s, the same standards they refuse to live up to themselves.

      “It is the job of a Patriot to protect their country from it’s government.” -JFK

    8. American Citizen says:

      Our country loves Big Pharmaceutical and Big Police!

      Of course our government puppets (a.k.a. ‘Drug Czar’ Gil) are going to say what the big time money makers tell them to say and do.

      Gil is a fu*king moron. Nothing more, nothing less.

      Glad I didn’t vote for Obama!

      Ron Paul 2012.
      Bring back he America our founding fathers meant America to be!!!

    9. American Citizen says:

      “Bring back *the* America our founding fathers meant America to be!!!”

      Plus no Polish Pollock spells their last name with ‘ske it is suppose to be ‘ski!

      This guy is from a dysfunctional Polish family on top of being an asshole!

    10. Anonymous says:

      how very very sad