End the Drug War; Make Next Drug Czar a Doctor
David Sheff thinks Obama's not doing enough to end a counterproductive policy
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 26, 2013 3:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – Just once in his life, at 19, David Sheff carried a trunk-load of marijuana from Berkeley to San Diego. On his way home, his trunk now empty, police pulled him over and searched his car. Ever since he's looked back "with abject horror at how much my life since then would have been different" if they'd stopped him sooner, he writes in Timehe could have gone to prison instead of finishing school. So he's pleased the Obama administration is finally easing up on the drug war. But it isn't doing nearly enough.

There's an opportunity to change that. Obama's drug czar—an ex-cop, naturally—is stepping aside. Obama should replace him with a medical professional "qualified to effectively address drug abuse and addiction for what they are—not criminal problems, but health problems," writes Sheff. This person could usher in harm reduction measures addressing addiction as the disease it is. "The new drug czar must be devoted to ending the failed war on drugs and declaring a new one. America's war on cancer has lowered deaths from the disease every year." Click for the full column.

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Sep 11, 2013 9:25 AM CDT
Control freaks. That's what it is !!
Aug 27, 2013 4:16 PM CDT
Judging from the fiasco in Colorado of decriminalizing marijuana, this suggestion is equally ridiculous. In Colorado, sellers seeking a license need to pay $5,000 just to apply. If approved, they have to pay an additional $2,700 to $14.000 for a license to sell either medical or recreational MJ. If they want to sell both, they have to pay the fee for each type of license. That means a vendor would be required to pay $7,700 to $38,400 every year just for the licenses. That cost is passed on to the consumer. To appoint a doctor to be Drug Czar will only remove a doctor from practice. He could always hire medical advisors to help him create policy. Besides, 0bama and Holder will not enforce the laws anyway. We are determined to become a drug addled society under the Democrats.
Aug 27, 2013 6:18 AM CDT
Under the premise that as Americans we are "Free to pursue happiness" I say it doesnt matter if its medical or recreational, its my choice to use or not to use....It should be regulated just like other legal drugs.(alcohol, cigarets, rcodine, etc) But wait, criminal justice courts, private prisons, law enforcement confiscation of private property, lawyers, government/gang drug partnerships would all be hurt by such a policy..