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Gil Kerlikowske

Finally: Obama to Eliminate Narcotic Abuse!

Stanton Peele | Posted 06.20.2011 | Home
Stanton Peele

Americans are becoming more dependent on drugs, despite years -- decades -- of our War on Drugs. Somehow, confiscating marijuana, cocaine, and illicit painkillers has not reversed our addictive proclivities.

Obama Drug Czar Among Outsiders In Running For Chicago's Top Cop

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 06.19.2011 | Chicago

Despite calls for the promotion of a new police superintendent from within the department's ranks, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel could yet do as he did in ...

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.

Drug Czar Blames Rising Teen Pot Use on Medical Cannabis Laws Rather Than on His Own Failed Policies

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

For Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske and his mindless rhetoric, never forget the words of novelist Upton Sinclair, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."

Ryan Grim

WATCH: Drug Czar Confronted At Press Conference | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

More than 850,000 people were arrested for marijuana violations in 2009 -- the second biggest haul in American history, according to the annual Unifor...

Clinton, Bush And Obama Drug Czars Come Out Against California's Marijuana Legalization Measure

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Six directors of the Office of National Drug Control Policy over the previous 3 administrations penned a cooperative op-ed Wednesday in opposition to ...

Real Change or Changing Rhetoric? Monitoring the Shift in US Drug Policy

Allan Clear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allan Clear

Since President Obama's election, the Office of National Drug Control Policy has been making noises about a shift in approach and priorities towards addressing drugs and drug problems.

Mass Incarceration: A Destroyer of People of Color and Their Communities

Jamaal Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamaal Bell

Instead of having our Drug Czar focus on addiction recovery and prevention programs, how about changing the policy of our racialized criminal justice system?

Associated Press: After 40 Years, $1 Trillion, US Drug War "Has Failed to Meet Any of Its Goals"

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

The Associated Press has taken the entire U.S. drug war strategy and raked it over the coals. It's about damn time!

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 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...

Who Are the Czars, and Where Did They Come From?

Avelino Maestas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Avelino Maestas

The "czar" situation is a little more nuanced than the current email meme. There are no formal "czars" within the framework of government, and the term itself was created by the media.

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.

Obama: Stop Driving Americans - and White House Guests - To Drink

Mason Tvert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mason Tvert

Just after President Obama's top drug policy official told the country that marijuana is "dangerous," the President himself was touting the enjoyable effects of alcohol.

Obama Won't Support Legalizing Marijuana, Says Drug Czar

Fresno Bee | CRAIG KOHLRUSS / the FRESNO BEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The federal government is not going to pull back on its efforts to curtail marijuana farming operations, Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House'...

'Outlaw Mother's Milk' Says Drug Czar

Don Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Don Parker

After declaring on Wednesday in Fresno that "marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit," Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office...

Ryan Grim

UN Backs Drug Decriminalization In World Drug Report | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an about face, the United Nations on Wednesday lavishly praised drug decriminalization in its annual report on the state of global drug policy. In ...

Ryan Grim

Drug Czar's Pot-Potency Claims Go Up In Smoke | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A newly released report about marijuana potency undermines previous claims by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) that the drug's poten...

Cops Say to Legalize Drugs

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

The benefits of legalizing drugs are now undeniable, and everyone from Obama's most zealous supporters to former drug enforcement officials are demanding legalization be considered a valid option.

Putting Lipstick On Our Strung-Out Pig

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

At a time when the government claims there just isn't enough money for every citizen to have healthcare, getting rid of the failed War on Drugs could fund numerous national programs.

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...

White House Czar Calls For End to 'War on Drugs'

Wall Street Journal | GARY FIELDS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- 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 ...

Open Letter to the New "Drug Czar" from Another Top Cop: End the Drug War

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Congratulations Gil Kerlikowske on your confirmation as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Bit of an irony, isn't it? Two Seattle police chiefs on opposite sides of the drug war?

Jason Linkins

Maddow Lends Eye And Insight To Drug Policy Issues | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last night's Meghan McCain interview ended up being the Rachel Maddow Show's most talked-about segment, but Media Monitor Eric Friedman notes that att...