Monday, November 17, 2008

Obama to possibly pick anti-medical marijuana congressman as drug czar

In May, an Obama spokesman said that were Obama to become president, he would "end U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raids on medical marijuana suppliers in states with their own laws." Now, we hear from an anonymous Democratic congressman, that Obama is considering picking Rep. Jim Ramstad as drug czar (officially the head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy). According to Politico:

Ramstad has consistently voted against medical marijuana in Congress, opposing an effort to prevent the federal government from raiding or arresting medical marijuana clubs in states where it is legal.

And what's worse than a drug warrior? A self-righteous former addict drug warrior. Politico describes Ramstad as a "recovering person" who's "[suffered] the ravages of chemical addiction." According to an unsourced Wikipedia section, Ramstad was an alcoholic. Funny that in all of his zeal to eradicate illegal drugs, he hasn't proposed prohibiting alcohol – his old drug of choice.

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