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Gil Kerlikowske Drug Czar

New Drug Czar a Chance to Do Things Right

Bill Piper | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Bill Piper

The position of drug czar was meant to coordinate and improve U.S. drug policy, but traditionally drug czars have been little more than propagandists for the failed drug war -- ignoring science, opposing reform, and stifling debate.

Drug Czar Puts Punishment Over Prevention

Lucia Graves | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration's Office of National Drug Control Policy has promised a "21st century" approach to drug policy, but the White House budget re...

Matt Sledge

U.S. Drug Control Strategy A Bust, Government Report Says | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske rolled out the latest annual federal drug control strategy this week. But his office has fallen well...

White House Drug Czar Makes Admission About Marijuana Policy

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske recently gave an interview with Canada's Maclean's Magazine and appeared to candidly criticize President Barack ...

Drug Czar Shoots Down Marijuana Legalization Question

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics

White House Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske shot down a question Monday about softening views on marijuana policy, saying the administ...

The Kinder, Gentler Drug Czar Still Wants to Lock You Up for Pot

Russ Belville | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Russ Belville

Sure, we all worry about the meth tweekers stealing cable off bridges, the coke fiends committing petty crimes, the heroin junkies trespassing and loitering, and the alcoholics crashing their cars and getting into fights, but does anybody really think smoking weed is leading people to harm others?

Obama's Drug Czar Weighs In On Whitney Houston's Death

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

The death of singer Whitney Houston should serve to warn Americans about the danger of abusing prescription drugs, the nation's top drug official says...

New Directions: Religious and Community Leaders Address the Failed Drug War

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

On March 19th, community advocates, service providers, public safety personnel and public health professionals will come together to chart a new course in drug policy.

The Obama Administration's Public Health Approach to Drug Policy

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

I understand, from firsthand experience, that we cannot arrest or incarcerate our way out of a problem as complex as drug use, and that a "War on Drugs" mentality is too simplistic an approach to be effective.

The Price Mexico Pays for America's 'Insatiable' Demand for Drugs

Deni Carise | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Deni Carise

The US fuels Mexico's drug earnings, which represent a full 10 percent of the country's economy. Each year, a whopping $25 billion in drug proceeds is smuggled into Mexico from the US.

My Testimony to Congress on the War on Drugs

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

The predominant role that criminalization and the criminal justice system play in dealing with particular drugs and drug use in this country is unsustainable in both fiscal and human terms.

AP Bombshell: "US Drug War Has Met None of Its Goals"

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tony Newman

I have been the director of media relations at the Drug Policy Alliance for ten years and this is one of the hardest hitting indictments against the drug war I've ever seen.

Obama's Drug Strategy All Talk, No Walk

Michael Whitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Whitney

It's clear that if the administration really wants to continue -- and win -- a War on Drugs, the fastest, cleanest, best way to do so is to cut off the cartels' bloodstream by legalizing marijuana.

Obama Administration 'Firmly Opposed' to Pot Legalization: Here's Why

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Paul Armentano

National polls now indicate that an estimated one out of two Americans nationwide support legalization.

An Imperfect Improvement: Obama's New Drug War Strategy

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

Though the White House's new National Drug Control Strategy embraces specific policy options counter to those of the past thirty years, it differs little from its predecessor on fundamental issues of budget and drug policy paradigm.

Obama's 2010 Drug Control Strategy

Bill Piper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Piper

President Obama spoke for millions when he said drug use should be treated as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue. He has failed, however, to change the drug war budget in a meaningful way.

Obama Budget Unexpectedly Bolsters War On Drugs

Raw Story | Stephen C. Webster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It was not long ago when President Barack Obama's new drug czar, former Seattle police chief Gil Kerlikowske, swept into Washington, D.C. and declared...

2009 Marked The Beginning Of The End Of Failed Drug War: Top 10 Stories Of The Year

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

2009 will go down as the beginning of the end of the United States drug war. There was more debate and movement toward sensible drug policies this year than in the last nine years combined.

The Five Stages of Grief over Obama's Drug Policies

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Obama is not committed enough to drug policy reform to incur the symbolism taking any steps towards liberalization would send.

New Drug Czar: "We're Not at War With People in This Country"

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

In retiring the phrase from the federal lexicon will we really be ending the "War on Drugs"? Hardly.

EU To Combat Latin American Drug Trade

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The European Union has agreed to expand its effort in combating drug trafficking and violence in Central and South America, reports AFP. The region i...

Obama Nominating Seattle Police Chief as Drug Czar

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

What gives me hope is the fact that Seattle has been at the cutting edge of harm reduction and other drug policy reform developments in the U.S. over the last decade.

Potential Drug Czar's Family Connection To Failed Drug War

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

In the Academy Award winning film Traffic , Michael Douglas plays the nation's new Drug Czar who discovers just how unwinnable The War On Drugs really...

Obama's New Drug Czar Couldn't Be Any Worse Than Bush's. Will He Be Any Better?

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Current Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske will no doubt do a better job as the nation's "drug czar" than his predecessor, John Walters, who was a fanatic enemy of science and reason.

Gil Kerlikowske: Obama's Drug Czar

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden officially nominated Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske as chief of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Wednesday. ...