The Trump Administration has named White House deputy chief of staff Jim Carroll as the nation’s new drug czar.
Drug czar is the unofficial but often used term for director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). According to CNN, Carroll was named deputy director of the ONDCP on Friday, a position he will retain until confirmed by the Senate as director.
“We have full confidence in Jim to lead ONDCP to make significant strides in combating the opioids crisis, reducing drug use, and coordinating US drug policy,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a public statement. “Fighting the opioid crisis and drug addiction is a priority for this administration. We greatly appreciate Jim for his counsel and leadership during his tenure at the White House and look forward to the future contributions he will make in this new role.”
It’s unknown what Carroll’s personal opinion is on the legalization of marijuana, though it’s rather inconsequential given that the drug czar is legally required to oppose the legalization of any substance that’s currently outlawed.