Top Drug Official: The Old War On Drugs Is All Wrong

National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli

Despite 44 years of aggressive policing and incarceration at the cost of a trillion dollars, 21 million Americans are still addicted to drugs or alcohol. The drug epidemic in America is at its worst ever, because the war on drugs, says Michael Botticelli, was all wrong. Botticelli, the Director of the Office of National Drug Read the full article…

The Last Drug Czar?

after a tenure that proved to be relatively conventional, Kerlikowske has been tapped to head Customs and Border Protection, and is expected to be replaced by someone who could represent a sea change in federal drug policy.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  It might as well have been a lifetime ago when Gil Kerlikowske began his job as the nation’s top drug official back in 2009. When President Obama appointed him to be director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy—a position known as the “drug czar”—only a dozen-plus states had legalized medical Read the full article…

The Last Drug Czar?

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  It might as well have been a lifetime ago when Gil Kerlikowske began his job as the nation’s top drug official back in 2009. When President Obama appointed him to be director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy—a position known as the “drug czar”—only a dozen-plus states had legalized medical Read the full article…

It’s Getting Harder For The Feds To Lie About Marijuana And Get Away With It

Botticelli’s spurious anti-pot testimony immediately became the subject of Internet video fodder and mainstream media criticism. Even more tellingly, Botticelli’s comments drew stern rebukes from federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

By Paul Armentano / AlterNet DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Publicly lying about pot isn’t as easy as it used to be. That’s the lesson White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (aka the Drug Czar’s office) Deputy Director Michael Botticelli learned earlier this week when he testified before U.S. House Subcommittee on Government Relations. Armed with what appeared to be crib Read the full article…