“We need someone who knows the science, recognizes that there are many paths to recovery — and understands that dead addicts can’t recover.” — Obama Drug Czar Pick: No Recovery from War on Drugs? / Maia Szalavitz
“In his selection of a ‘drug czar,’ President-elect Obama needs to place more emphasis on addiction as a health problem.” — Christian Science Monitor, December 3, 2008.
We have had cops, doctors and soldiers. Call me crazy, but I think our Drug Czar should be a drug policy expert who understands the full breadth, depth and importance of this issue.
I have seen Kucinich, Ron Paul, and James Gray suggested in comments appended to articles and blogs on the topic, but I think Dr. Nadelmann personifies the drug policy expert, in both domestic and international affairs, that I would like to see directing the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Perhaps Nadelmann for Drug Czar is too much to hope for, but with any luck, this petition will at least encourage President-Elect Obama to think twice about his choice of Drug Czar.
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