Obama at odds with drug czar over dangers of pot

Barack Obama, then known as Barry, in a 1978 senior yearbook photo at Honolulu’s Punahou School during his drug experimentation days / Photo credit: www.nytimes.com

Recent comments President Obama had made that marijuana use is “no more dangerous than alcohol” are in complete opposition with the opinion of his own hand-picked drug czar.

In an interview with The New Yorker, Obama said:

“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life,” he said. “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

“Not very different from cigarettes”? No “more dangerous than alcohol”? Maybe he should have checked with his drug czar on this on first.

R. Gil Kerlikowske was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy — he’s Obama’s so called “drug czar.”

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According to Independent Journal Review:

Not only does the federal government drug policy – under R. Gil Kerlikowske –  list marijuana as one of the “four major drugs (cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine),” the National Drug Control Policy’s official position says exactly the opposite of Obama’s claims – on all counts. For example, marijuana smoke contains a significantly higher level of carcinogens than does tobacco smoke.

And as reported by the government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, adolescent use of marijuana differs from alcohol use a well; it can cause permanent brain damage and a lowering of I.Q.

Responding directly to the president’s comments on marijuana use, the Drug Free America Foundation offered this statement in its blog:

“His laissez-faire attitude about legalization has drug policy and prevention experts scratching their heads in confusion as to why the president will not give clear guidance…either he is seriously ill-informed about the issue or is completely ignoring warnings from his highly-esteemed advisors.”

The next time the president feels the need to weigh in on a subject, perhaps he should check with his own experts first.


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