President Trump Proposes Cutting Funding for Office of National Drug Policy Control by 95%

The Office of National Drug Policy Control (ONDCP) would be all but eliminated under a proposal put forth by the Trump Administration.

According to an Office of Management and Budget document obtained by The New York Times, “the White House is proposing to slash the drug policy office budget about 95 percent, to just $24 million from $388 million. The cuts would mean the office could lose up to 33 employees.”

The 2018 budget would also eliminate grant programs administered by the drug control office. Those include “the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program and the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, which, according to the document, the Trump administration thinks are duplicative with other federal and state programs.”

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U.S. Drug Czar: Washington D.C. Should Be Free to Implement Cannabis Legalization

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U.S. drug czar Michael Botticelli.

Though he’s legally prohibited from supporting the legalization of cannabis, U.S. drug czar Michael Botticelli – director of the Office of National Drug Policy Control – says that Washington D.C. should be able to implement its own laws using its own funding, even if that means legalizing the distribution of recreational cannabis.

“As a resident of the District, I might not agree about legalization, but I do agree with our own ability to spend our own money the way that we want to do that,” Botticelli said Friday during an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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