May 20, 2001
Re "Baffling Drug Czar Choice," May 15: President Bush, in nominating hard-line conservative John P. Walters to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, tells how he will redirect drug war policy with emphasis toward curbing demand. He mentions increases in treatment, which would certainly seem to be a step toward curbing demand. But let's not neglect reality. The addict takes up a small percentage of the prohibited drugs consumed in this nation. Most prohibited drug use is recreational, without discernible effect on society, certainly significantly less than the legal counterpart, alcohol.
June 23, 2002 |
If only America's so-called war on drugs could be recast in the spirit of my chance meeting with President Bush last year in the White House Rose Garden. "Mr. President, my name is William Moyers, I'm from Minnesota and I am a person in recovery," I said. Without batting an eye, the president grasped my hand and replied, "Sounds like we have something in common." I was all but a complete stranger to Bush. But in that moment we connected. And because I told him nothing else about me, I assume it was from the commonality of our experiences of having overcome the desperate condition of drinking too much.
July 18, 2007 |
As President Bush fought to keep Congress in Republican hands last year, the White House political director enlisted the nation's drug czar to attend events with vulnerable GOP incumbents, documents made public on Tuesday disclosed. John P. Walters, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, attended 20 programs -- round-table discussions, tours, a town hall meeting and other antidrug events -- with Republican candidates from New Jersey to California.
May 11, 2001 |
President Bush ordered a major shift of emphasis in the war on drugs Thursday, vowing an "unprecedented" and "unwavering commitment" to cut drug demand within the United States. Bush's determination to target domestic consumption represents a new strategy--along with treatment and interdiction--in what he called "an all-out effort to reduce drug use in America." "The only human and compassionate response to drug use is a moral refusal to accept it," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2004 |
A visit Wednesday to the California capital by President Bush's drug czar prompted a placard-waving protest by medical marijuana supporters angry over the federal government's opposition to use of the drug by the ill. The demonstration by about a dozen activists came as John Walters, director of the president's Office of National Drug Control Policy, met in a downtown office building with members of law enforcement and leaders of the drug treatment effort to discuss the U.S.
May 28, 2003 |
A bill was introduced Tuesday in Canada's Parliament that would eliminate criminal records for possession of small amounts of marijuana while spending millions to spread an anti-pot message. Having up to 15 grams -- about half an ounce -- of marijuana would bring a citation akin to a traffic ticket. Possession of the drug would remain illegal. People younger than 18 could be fined up to $182; adults could be fined $292.