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Old November 11th, 2009, 11:20 AM   #1
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Exit Strategy

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Remember when the new drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, told the Wall Street Journal he wanted to end the war on drugs? Well, it’s time for him to come up with an exit strategy.

Right now he’s working on his blueprint for the next three years of U.S. drug policy. Let's make sure he abandons not just the rhetoric, but the reality of the drug war. Let's help the drug czar end this failed war.Drug Policy Alliance Action Center:

You and I both know there's a long list of ways he could make our drug policies better, but I've picked out three big strategies to get him on the right track.

Between now and the end of the year, I'll be inviting you to sign on to support each of these recommendations, and then I'll present them all to Mr. Kerlikowske.

The first recommendation builds on growing momentum in California for making marijuana legal, and on our Election Day victory in Maine, which allows nonprofits to grow and distribute marijuana for medical use:

Get the federal government out of the way so states can try new policies.

We need all options on the table when it comes to dealing with drug use in our country, and the states are the perfect place to innovate and find out what works.

The Obama administration is on the right track with its new guidance to federal prosecutors that they should not arrest medical marijuana patients who are complying with state law. Let's ask the drug czar to make this hands-off approach part of the official U.S. drug policy.

That would be a big step in building an exit strategy for the war on drugs.

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Ethan Nadelmann

Executive Director

Drug Policy Alliance Network
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