Reformers' Press Conference Gets Under ONDCP's Skin

Jul 30, 2008

Congress, drug czar, drug war, ONDCP

This morning's press conference, at which MPP and other marijuana policy reformers joined U.S. Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) to call for an end to federal criminal penalties for marijuana possession, was a rousing success, as this CNN story shows.

And apparently it got under the skin of our overlords at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Having not gotten much media pickup on their preemptive press release issued yesterday -- filled with the usual half truths and deception they're rightly famous for -- ONDCP sent David Murray and two other staffers to the news conference to try to convince everyone that marijuana is "the greatest cause of illegal drug abuse." That CNN seems to have ignored him can't be a good sign for ONDCP, but Raw Story has this rather amusing take on Murray's appearance.