Obama’s drug czar adopts false incantation of marijuana as a gateway drug
Government officials need to be careful about soundbites suggested to them by their advisers, whether or not the advisers are themselves.
A case in point is the recent incantation by President Obama’s drug czar of the falsehood that marijuana is a gateway drug to more harmful drugs, which statement coincides with the federal government’s release of the 2009 National Survey On Drug Use and Health data.
During the drug czar’s news conference about the Survey, activist Daniel Pacheco presented him with over 52,000 signatures supporting marijuana legalization. See the video here (and thanks to the activist who forwarded me the video and story behind it).