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Friday Talking Points -- Double Standards and Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with a rather loaded question: How much attention do you think the media should be paying towards a presidential nominee who is right now getting 13 to 15 percent support in public opinion polls of their party's voters?

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.

Edward H. Jurith, 1951- 2013, Attorney, White House Drug Policy Leader

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

Edward H. Jurith, a key figure in American drug policy making since the 1980s, died peacefully at home in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Ed has been my friend since 1981.

I Owed Drug Czar Kerlikowske an Apology

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

I deeply regret that I was unfair to Mr. Kerlikowske and misled the readers of Huffington Post regarding his support and commitment on important public health issues.

Drug Czar Kerlikowske on His Way Out

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

This morning, President Obama nominated Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, to be the Customs Commissioner. Kerlikowske has been an unimaginative drug czar, often invisible. His departure is good news for drug policy.

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...

Drug Czar To Outline Obama Drug Policy

Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

By BRIAN WITTE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANNAPOLIS, Md. — President Barack Obama's new strategy for fighting the nation's drug problem will include a...

Matt Sledge

U.S. Drug Czar Rejects Pot Legalization | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske sought to portray the White House as a champion of drug policy reform on Wednesday, while staunchly opposin...

The Top Five New Sound Bites of Kinder, Gentler Drug Warriors

Russ Belville | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Russ Belville

Have you seen the headlines? Or heard them on my live weekday show on 420RADIO at 3 p.m. Pacific Time (shameless plugs are the salary for a HuffPo wri...

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 ...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA: Marijuana Legalization Promotes Drug Use | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Recent state efforts to legalize marijuana pose a challenge for the Drug Enforcement Administration because they would increase marijuan...

White House Pushed To Weigh In On Marijuana Legalization

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

The White House weighed in once more Tuesday on the issue of marijuana legalization, responding to a trio of highly popular petitions submitted to its...

Obama's Embarrassing Silence on Marijuana

Scott Morgan | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Scott Morgan

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngSomehow our policymakers have managed to turn this mostly-helpful plant into a massive international fiasco that's becoming increasingly difficult to deal with.

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?

The Obama Administration Is Wrong to Deny American Farmers a Profitable Crop

Eric Steenstra | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Eric Steenstra

Despite growing consumer demand for these eco-friendly and healthy products, the U.S. remains the only industrialized nation in the world that allows the importation and sale of hemp raw materials and finished goods, but bans its farmers from growing the crop.

The Drug Czar's False Statement About Marijuana and Hemp Should Be a Bigger Scandal

Scott Morgan | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Scott Morgan

At its core, the domestic cultivation of industrial hemp is a simple matter of agriculture and economics that has nothing to do with drug policy at all, and shouldn't even be tied to the otherwise raging debate about marijuana laws in America.

Painkiller Debate Rages On

Radley Balko | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Radley Balko

If there's contention in the medical community about the risk and effectiveness of painkillers, the debate gets more heated still when it comes to what sort of public policy should govern how the drugs are used.

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...

Fixing Our Drug Policy Will Require A Hatchet, Not A Scalpel

Scott Morgan | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Scott Morgan

Despite our disappointment with the substance of Obama's policy on controlled substances, we can and should applaud the president for at least understanding that the thoughtless tough-on-drugs pandering of the 80s and 90s has no place in modern American politics.

Lucia Graves

White House Rejects Petition To Legalize Marijuana | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House has rejected several marijuana legalization petitions, one of which called on the federal government to stop interfering...

Drug Czar "Too Busy" to Meet With Fellow Cops

Norm Stamper | Posted 10.07.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Back in June, representatives of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition marched from the National Press Club to the Office of National Drug Control Policy headquarters. Our mission: to hand-deliver a copy of our new report.

Lucia Graves

On 40th Anniversary Of War On Drugs, Cops Decry Obama's Drug Policy | Lucia Graves | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forty years after President Richard Nixon first declared a war on drugs, the officers who fought in it are calling for a truce. Forme...

Why Barack Obama Loves the War on Drugs

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Do you remember the scene when Barack Obama opened the government to suggestions from the audience (the American public) in the first ever Internet To...

Chicago's Next Top Cop: Search Down To Three Finalists, Sources Say

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 06.26.2011 | Chicago

The competition to become Chicago's next police superintendent has come down to a three-man race between a veteran Chicago cop and a pair of outsiders...