The new drug control strategy to be released Tuesday boosts community-based anti-drug programs, encourages health care providers to screen for drug problems before addiction sets in and expands treatment beyond specialty centers to mainstream health care facilities.The administration has made it crystal clear that they are not going to embrace marijuana legalization but they have made some positive drug policy moves:
"It changes the whole discussion about ending the war on drugs and recognizes that we have a responsibility to reduce our own drug use in this country," Gil Kerlikowske, the White House drug czar, said in an interview.
- Repealed the federal ban on needle exchange funding
- DoJ issued a memo instructing that people or dispensaries in compliance with state medical marijuana laws not be prosecuted by the federal government.
- Obama and Biden support ending the crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity
We're looking forward to reading the new strategy.