According to a new government report, drug use in the United States rose from 8 to 8.7% of the population last year – and cannabis is to blame. Before I get into that, I’d like to say a few words about these “reports.”

Reports like this one are based on surveys. Due to the prohibition of “illicit” drug use, respondents to these questions have every reason to lie. So the increase could be even more, and why not? There are no jobs, bills are piling up, and everything costs too much. Many people turn to “illicit” drugs because the drugs make them feel good about life again. So the very government that is burying them has the nerve to publish a “report” that chastises them.

But the main thrust of the above-linked article is Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske’s typically ignorant statements about cannabis.

National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske told CBS Radio News, young people are being exposed to “mixed messages” about marijuana including the idea that it is a medicine.

The “drug czar” said marijuana “may have properties that have medicinal values that should be tested” but he insisted it is not medicine.

Kerlikowske views marijuana as “an entry drug.” The survey found that for the first time since 2002, less than half of young people believe using marijuana is harmful.

An entry drug? Is the term “gateway drug” so discredited that the NDCP is moving away from it?

Less people every year are buying the propaganda that cannabis is evil and harmful. On the contrary, it has numerous medical and psychological benefits that can be attested to by millions upon millions of people. The government claims that marijuana use is driving the increased numbers shown in their report, but that’s because they consider marijuana an “illicit” drug. More and more people are using cannabis and for good reasons; they are not going on to harder drugs, but that’s how the federal government tries to spin it.

The Drug Czar also shared his thoughts on marijuana legalization and the Mexican drug cartels.

The president’s drug adviser said it is a “false argument” to say marijuana legalization would reduce cartel violence in Mexico. Kerlikowske, a former police chief and undercover narcotics detective, noted, “Taking one small part of the (cartel) enterprise, marijuana away from them isn’t going to change them.”

Most estimates put the percentage of drug cartel profits coming from cannabis at around 60%. Either the DC is unaware that this number is on a scale of 100% – making marijuana a clear majority of their profits – or he is blatantly ignoring statistics that don’t jibe with his worldview. Either way, why does this man still have a job?

- Joe Klare

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Joe Klare has been writing about marijuana issues for the past 5 years online, in print and on air.

3 Responses

  1. MikE D.

    “why does this man still have a job?”
    Because he takes orders well. When not depressed, probably easily amused. Both good signs of someone whom makes a good follower, a good employee, someone whom can be relied on to follow orders.

  2. ron

    Some say, if you smoke marijuana, it will lead to harder drugs like cocaine or heroin. Let me tell you, from a person who has been smoking marijuana for over forty years. It doesn’t make me want to do harder drugs. I am satisfied with just smoking grass. It relieves my chronic pain, and it’s a lot better than taking morphine all the time.

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