"The Obama administration's new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S. is fighting "a war on drugs," a move that would underscore a shift favoring treatment over incarceration in trying to reduce illicit drug use. In his first interview since being confirmed to head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske said Wednesday the bellicose analogy was a barrier to dealing with the nation's drug issues. "Regardless of how you try to explain to people it's a 'war on drugs' or a 'war on a product,' people see a war as a war on them," he said. "We're not at war with people in this country."Mr. Kerlikowske's comments are a signal that the Obama administration is set to follow a more moderate -- and likely more controversial -- stance on the nation's drug problems. The Obama administration is likely to deal with drugs as a matter of public health rather than criminal justice alone, with treatment's role growing relative to incarceration, Mr. Kerlikowske said."Wow, finally some sensible thinking about the essential issues! Stop treating the victim as the criminal, stop criminalizing free trade, stop interfering in peoples personal lives. So far, so good. Now let's generalize across all the domains in which the invasive and unconstitutional state unconscionably muscles in on our lives.
16 May 2009
Ending the "War on Drugs" ~ Vital New US Ideas
Interesting to note that only a few days after I posted Decriminalizing Drugs ~ Mexico's Sensible Fox, the WSJournal reveals that White House Czar Calls for End to 'War on Drugs' where...
Posted by Joost Bonsen at 21:03
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