Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Just what we need: a retread Republican Drug Czar

The so-far pretty accurate rumor mill is now reporting that President-elect Barack Obama intends to appoint 18-year-Minnesota-Republican Congressman Jim Ramstad as his new drug czar. Ramstad, a recovering alcoholic himself, is a strong opponent of medical marijuana and a believer in marijuana as an addictive drug.

He is also a strong proponent of mandatory workplace drug testing, even when there are no safety and security ramifications to the job.

I was disappointed with the Eric Holder nomination, in that he has consistently supported tougher enforcement and tougher sentencing guidelines even from non-violent drug-users, and this, to me, is a second strike on the domestic drug war agenda.

1 comment:

Mike W. said...

"He is also a strong proponent of mandatory workplace drug testing, even when there are no safety and security ramifications to the job."

He wants the government to force employers to drug test their workers? Incredible. Under what reasoning?

It's a shame that it seems there will be no easing of the farcical "War on Drugs" regardless of whether the Dems or Republicans are in power.