ONDCP's Emphasis on Marijuana is Incoherent on So Many Levels

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This statement from Tom Riley at ONDCP is just jaw-dropping:
"It's easy to do ads about drugs like heroin and meth, and the awful consequences that manifest," says Tom Riley, director of public affairs at the Office of National Drug Control Policy. "It's harder to make ads about marijuana. 'Marijuana's gonna melt your face off' isn't really a credible thing to say to teens." [Slate]
The first problem here is that ONDCP really did make an ad quite recently in which a girl melts from smoking marijuana. You can watch it here. Nice try, Tom Riley. You should know better than to attempt an example of something your office wouldn't say about marijuana.

The second problem is that these supposedly easy-to-make ads about heroin and meth are not being made. Marijuana users have been portrayed by ONDCP as supporting terrorism, getting pregnant at a party, shooting a friend accidentally, running over a toddler, getting a fist stuck in their mouth, and on and on, but there are no ONDCP ads about heroin or meth.

Perplexing as it may be, Riley's statement perfectly captures the mindset of our marijuana-obsessed federal drug war establishment. He basically admits here that his office takes for granted the understanding that heroin and meth are harmful. It would be wasteful to tell the public what it already knows, particularly since smaller user populations make for bland statistical shifts even if you're successful. The drug war must be fed if it is to survive, and there just aren't enough heroin and meth users to sustain it.

The only downside is that some people will say you're a charlatan if kids are dying from heroin while you're busy making ads about chick-magnet space aliens that don't smoke weed.

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ONDCP presses on nontheless


ONDCP's latest claim is that marijuana use leads kids to join violent street gangs!

A report called "Teens, Drugs, and Violence" was released by ONDCP today.
John P. Walters, Director of National Drug Control Policy, today released a new Special Report showing that teens who use drugs are more likely to engage in violent and delinquent behavior and join gangs. Early use of marijuana -- the most commonly used drug among teens -- is a warning sign for later gang involvement


Yes, I see!

If the report is read, in a away not to be touting drug war success....

three in four of the teens, who reported previous drug use in the past year, were not involved with fights intending to induce bodily harm. (that's 75% incidence of non-violent behavior in the teens who admitted to taking drugs!). 83% of the serious fights involved students who had not admitted to the use of drugs in the past year!

How much, might other factors be involved with violence, such that, the drugs had no effect on the true behavior of the violent students, at all!? Let me restate it, just to be clear. 83% of the serious fights involved students who did not admit to using drugs at all. With the proper manipulation of the statistics, one might say that the violent behavior might be curtailed by students who used drugs! I, by no means accept that fact that anyone below the age of majority should have access to any drugs. It is very dangerous to consider it having no effect on developing brains. And the drug war makes sure these drugs are readily available to our kids, through illegal sources making huge profits!

But, the statistics are being bent to suit the whim of the ONDCP!?!? When are they going to learn that lying to kids, especially older kids, in their teens, is never going to work. By the time they are teenagers, they have developed some ability to see a lie, when it is presented to them. Why would they think that heroin was bad, when we tell them lies about everything else!?

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