President Trump Names New Drug Czar

The White House announced Friday that President Trump has chosen a new person to fill the position of head of the Office of National Drug Policy Control (ONDCP), often referred to as the “drug czar”.

The White House announced that President Trump will nominate Representative Tom Marino (R-PA), 65, to serve as the nation’s new drug czar. Marino was being considered for the position in May before withdrawing himself from consideration citing a “critical illness” in his family.

Marino was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002 to serve as an attorney for Middle District in Pennsylvania, a role he held until 2005. Unfortunately Marino has been a vocal opponent of marijuana and marijuana legalization. However, his personal opinions on the matter are relatively inconsequential given that the drug czar is legally required to oppose the legalization of any substance that’s currently outlawed (as pointed out by DrugWarrant.com, the Drug Czar is “mandated to tell lies as part of their Congressional authorization”).

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Trump Administration May Eliminate Office of National Drug Control Policy/Drug Czar Position

The Trump Administration may eliminate the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), which is headed by the nation’s “Drug Czar”.

The ONDCP seal.

According to the New York Times, the White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending.

The Times states that, “Mr. Trump has spoken volubly about the nation’s drug problems, yet the list includes the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, which dispenses grants to reduce drug use and drug trafficking.”

Eliminating the ONDCP would be an unprecedented move that would remove federal drug czar as a position in the government; given that the drug czar is forced by law to oppose any attempt to legalize an illegal substance – regardless of the merits in favor of doing so – it’s certainly not a position many drug reform advocates will be upset about losing.

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Why Chris Christie Being Trump’s Drug Czar Doesn’t Really Matter

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Recent media reports indicate that President Donald Trump is considering New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as the next U.S. Drug Czar. Here’s why that doesn’t really matter.

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According to reports, Donald Trump recently had lunch with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and is potentially considering him to become the nation’s Drug Czar, which is the informal title given to the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Given Christie’s undeniable history of opposing drug and cannabis law reform – even for medical use – the cannabis community quickly went into a bit of a panic at this possibility. However, this panic is relatively unfounded, given that the position would be essentially the same regardless of who took the role.

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