Report Documents Drug Czar’s Failure

Feb 26, 2009 , , , , ,

The National Academy of Public Administration just released a devastating Senate-commissioned report detailing the failures of the drug czar’s office during the Bush administration.

Here are a few key findings from the report:

1) That the drug czar’s obsession with youth marijuana use hindered the office’s ability to construct a more coherent overall strategy for drug policy

2) That the drug czar’s office manipulated data to exaggerate — and in some cases fabricate — progress in reducing drug use and drug trade violence

3) That the drug czar’s office established a political litmus test in hiring interns

4) That the drug czar’s office refused to make itself accountable to Congress

5) That the drug czar’s office failed to staff key positions with the kinds of policy experts who may have been able to develop effective strategies

Many of the findings echo what the Marijuana Policy Project has been saying for years, namely that the drug czar’s irrational and singular focus on marijuana has damaged both the credibility of U.S. drug policy and its ability to reduce the harm caused by drugs and the drug trade.

Let’s hope those President Obama taps to clean up the mess left by Walters and his crew take heed.

11 responses to “Report Documents Drug Czar’s Failure”

  1. I had emailed the ONDCP a couple months ago telling them that I’ll live to see the day of their public shame. This just made my day. =]

  2. WOW!!!! what a surprise right?! haha. man how do we become compensated for all these lies?! i have an idea…can we have our medicine, sacrament, plant BACK?! please! enough is enough!!

  3. Definition of INSANITY: Reasoning is completely absent and unobtainable. Accountability is critical and keeps our Country’s Leaders from doing as they please, better known as, “Wild Horses.” That’s exactly the situation in the California case of Charles C. Lynch, a recently raided Medical Marijuana Dispensery owner. There’s nothing special about Charles C. Lynch, he was just singled out to show that the Feds still have the power to do as they please and they don’t have to answer to anyone. It’s that fear factor they’re pushing on us all, it didn’t work, we just got a little more determined as a Nation to make more changes in government in the near future.

    Considering the Senate Commissioned Report on our drug czar’s failures with it’s reasons why they failed, is a great starting place in reasons to keep legislative reforms moving forward for the benefit of all marijuana advocates.

    Politicians don’t make a lot of money for the public service they provide. How do you think they make money while in office? Be careful how you answer that question here, you may be their next target!


  4. Yet another reason for the feds to keep marijuana illegal, if it were to be legalised and the rest of America started to see how harmless it is the goverment would lose even more credibility. People are tired of being manipulated and lied to. They would start to wonder what other lies the goverment has been feeding us all these years.

  5. Matt makes a good point as to why it’s almost certain NOT to be legalized.

    In the 60’s people sold or gave away drugs to “expand your mind” for a lot of people that’s what ends up happening.

    And to the government, and intelligent person is a dangerous thing, so why would they want us all to be smarter, or to have our own thoughts?
    I mean…… we might even realize how SCREWED our education system is if more people smoked.

  6. Gentlemen, (#5 & #6) I thought I was the only one to think of how honor plays a major roll right along with trust in our Congressmen. Everyone experiences those feelings of anger to learn they’ve been lead down the primrose path. They’re going to have to come clean here or end up looking very unpopular in our society. Lies and cover ups are normal practice in governments to date. I’d like to read more about Marijuana being changed from a Schedule One Drug to a medically acceptable classification. Who’s profiting from marijuana prohibition? This is an easy one for President Obama to re-write the laws. It’s my opinion that we’re headed in the right direction with Obama. Policy, seems to be the fasted way for a United States President to put an end to Federal raids of despenseries in California and other States. Thank you sir, the President just saved countless lives.

    The whole matrix changes here, Activist Don’t have the headache of legislation efforts against opponents at the Federal level anymore. It’s all about States now with their own Medical Marijuana Programs. I’m still in shock with the progress here folks! Many people will live longer from being saved with things like hemp oil, a known cancer cure. Activist are saving lives by simple education on a person to person level.

    ACTIVIST ARE HEROES: Support Tennessee Bills SB209 & HB 368, Medicinal Use of Marijuana.

  7. “Therefore, the Panel recommends that ONDCP leadership establish less
    centralized and more transparent human capital management policies and
    practices. In addition, ONDCP should examine its policies and practices to
    avoid even the appearance of unfairness, undue political influence, or bias.
    The Panel also recommends that ONDCP make structural improvements to
    its awards program and increase employee engagement to improve retention
    and organizational health.”

    This is very important to drug policy. For 8 years we’ve lived under a fascist drug policy, with one single goal on mind — to eliminate marijuana. The rest of the work was required by design. The real goal was obvious — keep marijuana smokers oppressed. With a truly unbiased ONDCP, rational drug policies have a lot more likelihood of becoming reality.

  8. If the ONDCP’s policy has been that drug use is a health issue, then why have they been giving these patients criminal records, opening up a record of their health for all to see. I’m sorry, but they cannot sanely suggest the ONDCP has been treating drug usage as a health issue. Let’s hope the new ONDCP takes this policy for what it is worth, but it is sad that the authors of this research didn’t even regard the ONDCP’s discrepancies on this alleged policy.

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