Trump Names Appointees to Commission Combating Drug Addiction


So, what do Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. Roy Cooper, Gov. Charlie Baker, Project SAM co-founder and former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, and Bertha K. Madras all have in common – besides their apparent disdain for sensible marijuana reform?

They’ve all been tapped by Trump to help shape his Administration’s new war on drugs and addiction.

The announcement comes after dramatically cutting the Office of National Drug Policy budget by 95% on Monday, signaling the Trump Administration is ready, willing, and able to turn back the hands of time on the Drug War clock.

Policy: It shall be the policy of the executive branch to combat the scourge of drug abuse, addiction, and overdose (drug addiction), including opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose (opioid crisis).  This public health crisis was responsible for more than 50,000 deaths in 2015 alone, most of which involved an opioid, and has caused families and communities across America to endure significant pain, suffering, and financial harm.”

Despite the mountain of research and well-documented studies indicating states that have reformed their marijuana laws have enjoyed decreased opioid-related deaths, diminished DUI-related fatalities, and reduced teenage use, Trump’s five appointees feel slightly different about the topic:

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey On Marijuana:

“I believe it should still be illegal. If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it until January 2017, because I will enforce the federal laws against marijuana.” ~  Wired

Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina On Marijuana:

“It’s not the law in North Carolina now, and you can be prosecuted criminally. It’s something we need to go very slow on, we have to look at what’s happening in Colorado and Washington and other states that are deciding to do that.” ~ Politics of North Carolina

Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts On Marijuana:

“Here in Massachusetts, we face the possibility that any new revenue would be vastly insufficient to cover the cost of ambulance rides, emergency room visits, and treatment,’’ Baker, Walsh, and Healey write. “And these are just the hard costs; they don’t include the suffering of the injured and their families.’’ ~

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J Kennedy of Rhode Island On Marijuana:

“We can’t let the marijuana industry become the next Big Tobacco—threat to public health.” ~ Facebook

Bertha K. Madras On Marijuana:

“Marijuana has high abuse potential, no currently approved medical use and is considered unsafe. At least 4.2 million Americans have a cannabis (marijuana) use disorder, with about 30.5 percent of current marijuana users harboring this problem.” ~   Sunshine State News

More than 40 years after Pres. Nixon rolled out America’s initial War on Drugs, the federal government has spent more than $1 trillion on interdiction policies. With no end in sight, Trump’s continued war could cost U.S. taxpayers more than $51 billion this year alone.

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    • These people are beyond ignorant! The facts have been out there for decades regarding its usefulness and rather benign effects yet they refuse to remove their blinders…and Christie is the worst of the bunch!

  1. Hello, I am a medical cannabis user who is also a vocal supporter of full legalization nationwide. I don’t know where to even begin here.

    Ok, let’s start with the low-hanging fruit–Chris Christie, the coward, who throws a tantrum like a baby when people call him out on his fascism. His willfully dishonest views on pot are consistent with his overall disdain for the Fourth and Tenth Amendments. How is a corrupt prosecutor/politician an expert on drug addiction? How does this “man” still have a job after Bridgegate? Chris couldn’t last 10 minutes in my world.

    Oh wait, here’s an actual doctor…Bertha K. Madras. Perhaps a voice of reason? Never mind. She’s an ideologue first and foremost. I have a BA in Psychology–I know, not a PhD like her–but I studied Psych more than enough to realize some things. Psychology is a science driven by perceived cultural norms created by profiteers and ideologues. Remember, homosexuality was officially a “mental disorder” until 1973. I don’t have a ******* disorder because I want to preserve my eyesight and sleep better at night. Bertha can repeat the Controlled Substances Act like an authoritarian automaton all she wants. The fact remains that like alcohol prohibition, pot prohibition doesn’t work.

    The last one I will talk about may be the most disgusting of them all. Patrick Kennedy is one of the most hypocritical people to currently roam the Earth. Somehow his feeble mind lashes out at pot for his own addiction to alcohol/prescription drugs. Mr. Silver Spoons claims that I’m wasting my “God given potential” because I have smoked pot for 20 years. Unlike Kennedy and his drugs of choice, I could and still can keep my **** together…while being LEGALLY BLIND and smoking pot several times a day. Perhaps that’s what makes Kennedy jealous about pot. People actually can keep their **** together.

    Be prepared for more bogus, poorly done research on pot. Also, be prepared for more exaggeration of minor side effects. How will they explain all the people who smoke pot for decades and suffer far less damage to the body than tobacco or alcohol? These pot smokers will be coming out of the woodwork as pot use becomes more socially acceptable. On a personal note, the only damaging side effect from my 20 years of pot use has been DISCRIMINATION.

    Thanks for reading.

  2. Imagine in the scene when our population will use a marijuana. This is end of our human civilization.

  3. Sandra McBee on

    How about we let them deal with abuse and nodding or ODing in public but leave responsible use alone. Whether for pain or recreationally, just 105 yrs ago heroin, opium, cocaine and marijuana were common medicines AND household items. With one in ten addicted to opium there were no ills to society with those even using opium just twice a day; once in Morning to get going and do monotonous job all day and then again at night for sleep. End War Against People

  4. Stephen Vasquez on

    Its funny how everybody is already to make an effort against marijuana. I hate the fact that so many abuse its purpose just like anything else, I myself use medical marijuana to help me not only sleep but with bad back problems but only at night right before i sleep. It just like ebt to me, i was on ebt but after going to an office to see my worker for the first time i knew i had to get off of it. I witnessed gangster, pimps, low lifes who clearly had no reason at all to receive money nor food stamps!. My point is that just as i walk into shops today i see people buying weed who have no problems what so ever! It sickings me to see such things happen! I even have have a family member who is on ssi! But has no right to be! Nor can i stand the fact he takes away from his family’s mouth! Each week to buy pills!! But things like this have going around for years! Trump is not the answer nor has it ever been! But at the same time this is our fault for this happening which goes back years and years and years!

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