September 6, 2006
More Illegal Behavior from the Drug Czar
By James Wilson
An email message from the Marijuana Policy Project informs that White House Drug Czar John Walters is illegally using taxpayer money to interfere in state politics:
Just this week, White House Drug Czar John Walters traveled to Nevada, where he held a news conference to attack MPP's initiative to tax and regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol. Walters called marijuana an "addictive, accident causing, dependence-producing substance" and urged Nevadans to vote against MPP's initiative on November 7.
I laughed when I read that, because Walters was making MPP's argument for them. Alcohol, much more so than marijuana, is an "addictive, accident causing, and dependence-producing substance," yet MPP wants marijuana to be taxed and regulated just like alcohol. It's maddening that our government pays the salary for a guy like John Walters. The MPP message continues:
This isn't the first time Drug Czar John Walters has attempted to scare and mislead voters. He campaigned against the medical marijuana laws that MPP successfully passed in Rhode Island in January of this year and in Montana and Vermont in 2004, and he has a history of barraging the TV airwaves with inaccurate and fear-mongering ads during the last few weeks of MPP's initiative campaigns. Walters was also rebuked by Nevada's then attorney general for "excessive" and "disturbing" interference in the state's vote on MPP's first initiative in Nevada in 2002 ... and Walters has refused to file with the state government any campaign finance reports detailing the amount of taxpayer money that he spent attacking MPP's 2002 initiative — even in response to a written request from the Nevada secretary of state to do so.
This is all the more reason we should Depose the Drug Czar.
Filed under Safety, Civil Liberties, Health
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