In the wee hours of the morning, we managed to pop out a last minute media alert informing you that C-SPAN’s Washington Journal will have as their guest John Walters, head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. We suggested that you call in, and you did. Thanks.
To watch the video (RealPlayer), click here and skip forward to the 2:18:40 time mark. Some highlights include:
A caller from Tennessee was concerned about the use of taxpayer funding to combat various state marijuana legalization initiatives. Walters responded with, “…we don’t do campaign ads.” If they don’t do campaign ads, why did middle of debate over medical marijuana legislation in Illinois? To view a lot more commercials, simply visit . They are good for comic relief, at least.surface in the
Two minutes later, Walters stated that we “should not send to prison people we should treat.” He followed this up with: “We are not trying to punish people who need treatment.” How does he explain this report?
One person e-mailed to ask how the federal government can prohibit drugs when a constitutional amendment was required to prohibit alcohol. Walters evaded dealing with the constitutionality question by stating that the courts have upheld federal drug laws. Considering that the Supreme Court considers that growing marijuana for medicinal purposes in one’s backyard invokes the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, using court decisions to justify.
Walters twice stated that alcohol and tobacco are also gateway drugs. I suppose we can expect their prohibition soon, too. He did seem a bit confused about his own data, though:
“…and we do have more [young people] using cigarettes and alcohol, but the good news is all of those are going down.”
So is it more, or is it going down? He also made it clear that the drug war is clearly a bipartisan effort after being congratulated by a Democrat for his efforts in the War on
the Bill of Rights Drugs:
“I think I work in an area which is not partisan.”
To be clear, it is bipartisan, with Republicans and Democrats in agreement on the issue. There is clearly opposition from many other sides, making this a bipartisan, as opposed to a non-partisan, issue.
A female caller asked about a comparison of the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry, which has addicted thousands of people to drugs like Xanax and Lortab, to illicit drug users. Walters:
“We’re working with the medical community and with regulators throughout the states in ways that we can use prescription monitoring programs and other tools that help patients and give them top notch care and not allow people who may get into trouble to harm themselves…”
They are working with states and regulators by arresting doctors for writing prescriptions for pain medications and making it difficult for everyone else to . With this sort of federal assistance, everyone gets screwed except Rush Limbaugh.
Walters showed his compassionate conservatism with:
“In a decent society, we don’t watch our friends and neighbors get sicker and not stop and help when we can.”
It is unlikely that he will “put his money where his mouth is” by denouncing the deportment and likely death penalty of medical marijuana user Angel Raich receive the medication she requires.or by helping
In proof that not all Republicans are bad guys, one caller from Tennessee perhaps stated it best:
“It’s unbelieveable that you sit there and lie about how our drug war helps our nation. What’s it gonna take to get the truth out of our politicians that this draconian drug war that your suppressing our citizens with and all the lies about the cannabis? I mean, good lord, you’ve got people dying of oxycontin and you’re locking people up for cannabis. Nobody’s ever died of cannabis. When are you going to get some sense about yourself and this whole political party?”