Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ramstad for US drug czar ?

Obama is considering Rep. Jim Ramstad (R, Minnesota) as head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Ramstad (a recovering addict) opposes medical marijuana.

IMO: US drug control policies are very difficult. Obama has a tough task. A version of a (slightly earlier) UK drugs policy may be the best answer, however, possibly leading to less crime and addiction and less black people in jail. There seems a very poor case for simple legalisation, the health problems and treatment for drug abuse do need consideration especially in the US, also the Afghan situation.

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