Pot Matters: The Drug Czar Is on Drugs
When it comes to marijuana, the nation’s drug czar and his office are still against it. This should come as no surprise to anyone. But it’s important to keep an eye on the official position of this cabinet level office as marijuana’s legalization goes before voters in five states November. The current Director of National Drug Control Policy is Michael Botticelli, and this makes him the nation’s drug czar. What he thinks about marijuana and legalization are important, but the focus here, really, is what his agency publishes in terms of information and official policy positions.
Indeed, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has a part of their website devoted to marijuana. Pot is, after all, “a topic of significant public discourse in the United States.” And ONDCP is not too happy about this because “Confusing messages being presented by popular culture, media, proponents of ‘medical’ marijuana, and political campaigns to legalize all marijuana use perpetuate the false notion that marijuana is harmless. This significantly diminishes efforts to keep our young people drug free and hampers the struggle of those recovering from substance use disorders.”
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Google: Americans Are Searching for Weed More Than Ever
Searching the Internet, let’s admit it, is fun, entertaining, edgy and often educational.
Thanks to our genius friends at Google and their top-secret algorithms that constantly track everything we do online, we can now search for what we’ve all been searching.
And it seems that an interest in weed is burning up the information highway like a hot, smoldering joint.
Google Trends reports that weed searches rose nearly 75 percent between 2004 and 2016, according to Business Insider.
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