The White house Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske, has called for an end to the so-called "War on Drugs" which has actually been a war on the people not the drugs.
From Raw Story and the Wall Street Journal:
“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 underscore a shift favoring treatment over incarceration in trying to reduce illicit drug use,” the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
“Regardless of how you try to explain to people it’s a ‘war on drugs’ or a ‘war on a product,’ people see a war as a war on them,” he told the paper. “We’re not at war with people in this country.”
Kerlikowske’s statement signals the Obama administration is likely to moderate a policy that has taken heat from social activists, as effectively targeting poor and minority Americans. “Prior administrations talked about pushing treatment and reducing demand while continuing to focus primarily on a tough criminal-justice approach,” the Journal adds.
“The Obama administration is likely to deal with drugs as a matter of public health rather than criminal justice alone, with treatment’s role growing relative to incarceration,” the paper summarized Kerlikowske as saying.
Obama officials have already said they’d stop federal authorities from raiding medical marijuana dispensaries. Thirteen states have legalized medical marijuana, which is still prohibited under federal law.
State lawmakers — including California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — have recently signaled their openness to legalizing marijuana, seeing a tax on the substance as a way to potentially close massive state budget shortfalls.Read the full story here.