Obama’s Drug Czar: Pot Dangerous, No Medicinal Benefit

July 24, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Our nation’s so called Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske, who heads the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, made some statements on Wednesday that have alarmed marijuana decriminalization activists.

Kerlikowske, known for his common sense and pragmatic approach towards law enforcement, made clear that marijuana would not be legalized under his watch and that he believed it offered no medicinal benefits.

While visiting with state officials in Fresno, California engaged in a crackdown on illegal marijuana cultivation in the remote Sierra Nevada range, Kerlikowske offered his support for the operation that destroyed 318,000 marijuana plants at more than 70 farming sites.

According to The Fresno Bee, Kerlikowske reiterated federal policy that viewed marijuana as a harmful and addictive drug. While sympathizing with financially troubled states like California that are looking at the legalization of marijuana, to benefit from the increased tax revenues, Kerlikowske squashed those ideas.

“Legalization is not in the president’s vocabulary, and it’s not in mine,” said Kerlikowske. But Kerlikowske didn’t stop there; he went on to add, “Marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit.” And that statement is what has marijuana activists confused and outraged.

Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced that the federal government would no longer raid medical marijuana dispensaries, as long as the operations complied with state law.

Soon after Kerlikowske was appointed as Drug Czar, he announced the end of the previous administration’s failed War on Drugs that increased incarceration rates of drug abusers. Kerlikowske promised a more balanced approach, which focused instead on treatment and reducing demand.

Now, with Kerlikowske’s recent statements that marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit, activists are concerned that the Drug Czar is signaling a change in federal policy towards the 13 states that have decriminalized marijuana for medical use.

Medical professionals have prescribed marijuana for a variety of chronic conditions, including cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, arthritis, diabetes and many others.

Is Kerlikowske now seeking to disprove the medical benefits of marijuana, supported by numerous studies and medical doctors? And if so, to what end?



5 Responses to “Obama’s Drug Czar: Pot Dangerous, No Medicinal Benefit”

  1. Old Man Dotes on July 24th, 2009 11:30 am

    I believe that paying Federal officials through taxation is harmful, and it is quite clear that receiving payment from tax dollars is addictive. I believe we need to stop this practice immediately, and to prosecute and imprison those who continue to take tax dollars instead of going to work and living useful and productive lives.

    Let’s start with Kerlikowske, who is clearly unqualified to hold the office he currently occupies.

  2. Chet R Biggerstaff on July 24th, 2009 4:06 pm

    The federal officials know all about the medical benifits of cannabis but due to their addiction to special interest funds (insert just about any large industry here) amd drug war profits that they are doing everything they can to turn the tide back….even against science. I see the day comming when we, the Amreican people, will have to take back our government form the corupted fools that are currently runing it and abolish many many ways in which they keep the status qoue.

  3. legend on July 24th, 2009 9:58 pm

    Listen folks, Obama’s drug czar dude is a Psychiatrist, not an MD. As such, he is speaking outside his field of expertise, which is Exactly why they wanted his puppet presence. People like myself, who hold out hope for the normalization of use of an herb which has been used, successfully, to treat pain, are now boxed into using handfuls of rot-gut Ibuprofen, which kills MORE THAN ALL OPOID DRUGS every year in America. That’s right, folks. 50,000 people die from internal bleeding complications during emergency room procedures because they take huge doses of NSAID’s. If they had been taking Oxycodone or oxycontin, they could have controlled their pain with minimal doses. But the government doesn’t want this to be common knowledge because of the cost gap between aspirin and Opiods. It costs the federal government massive dollars to treat pain using opiods, so they try to dissuade disabled federal retirees from seeking it with the steady drum beat of the dangers of Opoids. Listen, less than 2000 people die in America each year because of Opoid abuse. And God knows, if the medical marijuana proponents get it established as an alternative remedy, then it is a new cost to the government. That is why they put a hack shrink in that position- to follow orders that countermand common sense and quality care.
    Dude is an idiot, and useless to the medical community. Send him to Siberia, where communist philosophies like his go to die
    a glamourless death in the “pain-free” cold..

  4. Lou Jellyfinger on July 25th, 2009 9:49 am

    When I first heard of this guys background I thought that we finally had a person in that position that would bring some sanity to that office. But alas once he got into his office and found the notebook of the things he can say in his desk. He is no different than the past czars. When I look at his picture I see a pathetic broken man being a puppet for the man. God grant me the serenity……

  5. Cheryl on July 27th, 2009 6:46 am

    The Drug Czar and his office are required (by Congressional mandate) to OPPOSE any effort to legalize any schedule 1 substance, including cannabis, for ANY reason, including medical. See for yourself:

    According to Title VII Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998: H11225:

    Responsibilities. –The Director– […]

    [responsibility #12]: (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;

    And that is the unfortunate reason he said what he said in Fresno and the reason Walters was an idiot and McCaffery was no better .If they don’t lie, they don’t have a comfy DC job anymore.

    Don’t believe me?

    I really wish this would get mentioned a lot more so that people can start to understand why the highest drug office in this country says outrageous things about cannabis. Please tell everyone you know. I think this ONDCP Act is being renewed in Congress this year…with a push we can eradicate this nonsense for good.

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