Beginning with a clip of then-Illinois State Senator Obama discussing
his support for decriminalizing marijuana, Rachel Maddow considers the
implication of President Obama’s appointee for director of the Office of
National Drug Control Policy, Seattle police chief Gil Kerlikowske.
While some drug policy reform activists are disappointed that a law
enforcement official has been appointed as “drug czar” instead of a
public health expert, Marijuana Policy Project’s spokesperson Bruce
Mirken suggests that Kerlikowske’s appointment is “reason for cautious
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