Marijuana Legalization Won’t Solve Drug Problem: Kerlikowske

Legalizing marijuana will not solve the country’s drug problem, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske, said Wednesday.

Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, Kerlikowske said state laws in Colorado and Washington that have legalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana present complex questions, UPI reports.

“The Justice Department’s responsibility to enforce the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged,” he said. “Neither a state nor the executive branch can nullify a statute passed by Congress, nor should we lose sight of the fundamental fact that using marijuana has public health consequences, and the most responsible public policy is one that restricts its availability and discourages its use.”

The Obama Administration has committed more than $10 billion to drug education programs and support for expanding access to drug addiction treatment, he told reporters.

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    MZ

    September 18, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Hundreds of physicians writing for the American Medical Association believe marijuana is indeed a gateway drug to harder drugs, both psyiologically and culturallym and believe it is addictive. The DEA demonstrates that a great majority of violent criminals test positive for drugs, of which marijuana is very prevalent. Note too that practically every single mass murderer on US soil in recent decades where medical records are known, used drugs in the past, of which marijuana is the common denominator in ALL of them, You name the psychopath, though not necessarily high at the time, they almost assuredly they had a pothead history that likely contributed to their messed up brains, Loughner, Manson, Dahmer, McVeigh, Tsarnaes, Klebold/Hairs, Lanza, Manson, Bundy, etc All of them, Look it up, Though correlation is not causation, the link is probably stronger than DNA evidence in crime solving.

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