The Drug Czar’s Blog Should be Used for Good Instead of Evil

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I noted last week that the drug czar’s blog deleted all of its old posts, essentially destroying the single best record of former drug czar John Walters’s "achievements" during the Bush Administration. Only three items have been posted since, none of which are particularly noteworthy.

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration is pushing a handful of notable criminal justice and drug policy reforms, including racial profiling legislation, sentencing reform, needle exchange and an end to medical marijuana raids. We don’t know yet who Obama will select to fill John Walters’s stinky boots, but wouldn’t it be nice if that person used the blog to keep us updated on efforts we can actually support? I’d cherish any opportunity to link approvingly to that site.

Having already been bombarded by drug policy reform’s vast web-based army, it’s only logical for the new administration to now reach out to us through a familiar medium and spark positive discussion of the changes we all agree are needed.
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got a job for the new drug czar

whoever it is will owe us a serious comparison of alcohol vs. cannabis and a clear justification of why alcohol rules. It's a dereliction of duty to enforce a law that hasn't been reasonably justified. If you can't defend alcohol supremacism, junk the old and in the way law, that was so blatantly racist in it's inception and is so blatantly racist in its enforcement.

The DEA is currently the 'poster child' for waste and corruption

The DEA should be made up of doctors and legal professionals. Today, the DEA functions on fantasyland science fiction, with paramilitary and "smash and grab" terrorist enforcement. Imagine if the DEA really served a useful funtion; imagine if you will an organization that based all its policy on real science. Imagine hearing the opinions of doctors instead of 'military' policemen. Imagine were the DEA makes a distinction between farmer cannabis and bathroom meth. No more blanket "DRUGS," imagine an organization that is far more specific. What if the people in charge were truthful about illegal drugs with realistic policy? Imagine overcoming a taboo and ending the racism and descrimination. Imagine a world were drug use alone will never constitute any form of prison. Imagine a world were everything is legal but distributed under the authority of a doctor under a medical association... even alcohol and tabacco. No more 7-11's selling liquor and cigarettes. It still should be convient, and easy for a 'healthy' ADULT to obtain, yet with enough records to control the further distribution to children, for example. I'm talking about tobacco and alcohol too being prescribed out. Imagine how this might give a boost to the business of medicine. Imagine recreational drug prescriptions? Imagine this kind of control, yet freedom. Imagine if the DEA really saved lives and cared for the well being and health of the country?

We don't need a drug czar

and we don't need a national "drug policy." The DEA, the ONDCP, the Partnership for an un-Free America and all their branches, arms and spin-offs should be disbanded. Controlling the quality and purity and regulating the distribution of drugs - all drugs - is the job of the FDA; if individuals decide they need professional guidance, that's what doctors are for. Politicians have NO right to make medical decisions for the rest of us and NO obligation to protect us from ourselves. In fact, the only thing that most people I know want from their government is to be left alone.

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

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Founding Documents

Dear Previous Poster to my "Food for Thought. Good Thoughts" post. I agree with using our Founding Documents to shake the crookedness out of power.

I also believe that our First Amendment establishes that the state shall not set up a religion, for example a religion against marijuana. AND allows us to follow our own religion. You can find the original and easier-to-read version side by side:

http://NewOldSalt.com/US_Constitution_Update_2008-12-12

Good point!

So, the Rastafarians are right. It is established in the Constitution that they have a Constitutional right to their own religion! So far, the politicians have trumped the 1st amendment card, though! I guess the Constitution is just an old piece of (hemp?) paper!

Everyone has the right to

Everyone has the right to follow their own religion. :-) Or to choose to not have any views on God at all.

We have endured the same shame Senator McCarthy thrust on those he didn't like. It's time us little people, and those in power (Ahem, Mr. President!) stood up to the McCarthy-mindset and put it in its place!

I say if they can't humble themselves now, and give us back the rights we deserve, the inalienable ones they are doing their damnedest to alienate from us, then they will face an even more embarrassing affair than Sen. McCarthy when he was publicly humiliated in front of Congress and his own committee.

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