Dear President Obama: We, the 18 national and 16 state organizations below are writing to commend your Administration for its efforts to enforce federal drug laws, and strongly urge you to reject any calls to revise the United States’ policy on illegal drugs that would legalize marijuana or other illicit drugs. We urge your Administration to remain steadfast in its efforts to enforce Federal drug laws in states that allow “medical marijuana” and to reject any calls for outright legalization of marijuana and other drugs anywhere in the United States.
The supporters, of course, include a lot of the major drug war profiteers, such as National Sheriff’s Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Troopers Coalition, National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition, along with the major funded (some by government) anti-drug orgs like Drug Free America Foundation, The Partnership at Drugfree.org, CADCA, etc, and weirdo groups like Save Our Society from Drugs, plus, oddly, 5 groups from Arizona.
I hope the President is happy with his core supporters.
The drug czar’s office continues to tout its so-called “third way” of drug policy, rejecting the lock-em-up approach on one side and the extreme legalization approach on the other side.
The truth is that there is no “third way” — the ONDCP is merely trying to avoid taking the blame for the drug war destruction they cause.
The drug czar’s office claims that in the 2013 budget, demand reduction is funded at a higher level than domestic law enforcement. Sure it is. By a very small amount. But that was true way back in 2005 (and has been every year since then). coninued...
The third way is a sham – a flim-flam game by charlatans who know that the drug war is a failure, but due to self-interest are unwilling to discuss true alternatives honestly. So instead, they hawk their Third Way Tonic to cure all your drug war ills and hope that you’re dumb enough to buy it. ~ Pete Guither