Tag: Gil Kerlikowske

  • Drug czar: There are no good reasons to legalize marijuana

    Drug czar: There are no good reasons to legalize marijuana

    May 8, 2012 – R. Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, on Tuesday denied there was any reason the United States should regulate marijuana the same way it regulates alcohol. “There are no good reasons to legalize marijuana,” he said at an event hosted by the Center for American…

  • Ex-DEA Administrators Call on Obama to Sue if CA Voters Legalize Pot

    September 11, 2010 – As California voters gear up for a November 2 vote on Proposition 19, a ballot measure that would legalize the growth, possession and distribution of marijuana, nine former administrators of the Drug Enforcement Administration have issued a preemptive call to the White House: If Prop 19 passes, they say, President Obama…

  • Washington Rethinks the War on Drugs

    December 19, 2009 – WASHINGTON – As the war on drugs moves closer to home and a new administration presents new ideas, policymakers in Washington are taking notice of 30 years’ worth of ineffectual drug policy and beginning to think about different ways of addressing the northward flow of narcotics. The U.S. House of Representatives…

  • Is Marijuana the Right Medicine for California’s Budget?

    Is Marijuana the Right Medicine for California’s Budget?

    December 3, 2009 – Marijuana is California’s largest agricultural commodity with $14 billion in sales yearly, distancing itself from the state’s second largest—milk and cream—which bring in $7.3 billion a year. But California’s coffers only receive a fraction of the marijuana sales, $200 million coming from the sale of medical marijuana. That could all change…

  • Is Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske Softening his Stance on Marijuana? You Decide

    Is Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske Softening his Stance on Marijuana?  You Decide

    October 15, 2009 – In a recent interview, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske talks about his job and his previous statements on marijuana. Being in such a high profile job isn’t easy. Just three months after taking over, Kerlikowske found himself in a controversy when he said that marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit.…

  • Pot Legalization Gains Momentum In California

    Pot Legalization Gains Momentum In California

    SAN FRANCISCO — Marijuana advocates are gathering signatures to get as many as three pot-legalization measures on the ballot in 2010 in California, setting up what could be a groundbreaking clash with the federal government over U.S. drug policy. At least one poll shows voters would support lifting the pot prohibition, which would make the…

  • What This Country Needs Is a Marijuana Summit

    September 7, 2009 – When a white cop handcuffed a black professor outside his own home we had a beer summit in the name of better race relations. That summit addressed the number one social problem in this country since 1619 (the date the first African slaves were sold in the U.S.) I’m calling for…

  • From underground to mainstream: Seattle Hemp Fest to draw 150,000 +

    From underground to mainstream: Seattle Hemp Fest to draw 150,000 +

    August 15, 2009 – Considered one of the largest annual gatherings in the world for the decriminalization of marijuana, the Seattle Hemp Fest will take place August 15-16 in Myrtle Edwards, Olympic Sculpture and Elliott Bay Parks along the northern section of Seattle’s waterfront. The two-day “protestival” will host seven stages presenting a compendium of…

  • Drug Czar Admits He Was Wrong About Medical Marijuana

    August 14, 2009 – Last month, Obama’s drug czar raised eyebrows by claiming that “marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit.” Though not an unusual remark for a drug czar to make, the comment came as a surprise given the new administration’s stated policy of respecting state medical marijuana laws. Well, it looks like…

  • War on Drugs is Over. What's next?

    War on Drugs is Over. What's next?

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (CNN) — As the health care debate captivated America, a white flag was quietly raised along the violence-torn U.S.-Mexico border. In case you missed it, it was our nation’s surrender in the war on drugs. Addressing the sixth annual Border Security Conference in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, the director of the…