drug czar, cannabis

Washington, DC – In a move likely indicative of a coming resurgence in the long-running “war on drugs,” the Trump administration has appointed extreme marijuana prohibitionist, Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino to serve as U.S. drug czar, according to a report by CBS News. As drug czar, Marino would be responsible for coordinating drug control strategy and federal government funding of the “drug war.”

Marino is known as a rabid hardliner on drug policy, going so far as to proclaim that nonviolent drug offenders should be placed in a “hospital-slash-prison.” Congressman Marino is set to resign his position in the House to direct the Office of National Drug Policy Control, which advises President Trump on drug policy.

Since 2011, Marino has voted against amendments on three different occasions that would have prohibited the U.S Department of Justice from interfering with state medical cannabis laws and allowed Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to give military veterans medical cannabis recommendations, according to MassRoots.


Additionally, Marino voted against a law to protect state-controlled CBD programs from federal crackdowns and has at least twice opposed industrial hemp legislation. Perhaps the biggest irony here is the fact that Marino, in an October interview with the Sun-Gazette, had the nerve to absurdly claim he’s a “states’ rights guy.”

In the same interview, he noted that the only way he would ever agree to legalizing cannabis would be after “a really in-depth medical scientific study.” Revealing his extreme level of ignorance about the veracity of medicinal cannabis, Marino said:

“If it does help people one way or another, then produce it in pill form … You can’t smoke it for this, but you take a pill. But don’t make an excuse because you want to smoke marijuana. Look what’s happening to states and cities who are legalizing it. They are running into a lot of problems.”

Revealing his extremist views on drug policy in testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee, Marino noted:

“One treatment option I have advocated for years would be placing nondealer, nonviolent drug abusers in a secured hospital-type setting under the constant care of health professionals. Once the person agrees to plead guilty to possession, he or she will be placed in an intensive treatment program until experts determine that they should be released under intense supervision. If this is accomplished, then the charges are dropped against that person. The charges are only filed to have an incentive for that person to enter the hospital-slash-prison, if you want to call it.”

The appointment of a rapid prohibitionist as drug czar, in addition to having Attorney General Jeff “good people don’t smoke marijuana” Sessions helming the DOJ, seemingly indicates that we will see states’ rights rolled back in favor of allowing federal interference in state policy.

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There is a clear and present danger of the combination of Sessions at the helm of the DOJ, and Marino as drug czar. They can attempt to usher in major policy changes that will likely result in a crackdown in states that have legalized the recreational, and even the medicinal use, of cannabis.

If Jeff Sessions appointment to Attorney General wasn’t enough of a wake-up call regarding the extreme danger legal cannabis currently faces, the appointment of Marino should elucidate that a major crackdown on marijuana is on the horizon.

Make no mistake that all available evidence suggests the federal government is preparing to turn the clock back on cannabis policy. Please share this extremely important information, as the fate of legal cannabis in the United States likely hangs in the balance.

Jay Syrmopoulos is a geopolitical analyst, freethinker, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs and holds a BA in International Relations. Jay's writing has been featured on both mainstream and independent media - and has been viewed tens of millions of times. You can follow him on Twitter @SirMetropolis and on Facebook at SirMetropolis.
  • Boba Vette

    OH FFS

  • Ed

    How can dinosaurs even understand what has been going on for the last 20 years!

    • Steve

      Term limits for sure.

    • 174thandvyse

      More like 50 years!

  • Tim Morgan

    Debt to police and prison unions . . . PAID IN FULL.

  • palvadore

    Trump’s infrastructure project is to rebuild the infrastructure to assail the people. Attack, Attack! Attack!

  • Abz B Zbas

    I live in a state where recreational use is legal. Some of my friends think I’m paranoid when I say I’m afraid of a DEA raid happening while I’m in a pot shop. Am I being paranoid?

    • Bob Btme

      yes, you’re perfectly safe inside a retail cannabis store. btw the media is trying to foist the word “pot” on us at this moment. The industry going forward is going to call itself “cannabis”. Pot and Marijuana are latino-derived racial slurs IMO.

      This herb was known exclusively as “cannabis” and “hemp” from the 1600’s to early 1900’s. In fact the word “cannabis” is one of the oldest in current use, people have been calling it “cannabis” since at least 1500 BC.

  • Bob Btme

    Crying wolf a little bit here IMO….this guy isn’t going to change anything! The Drug Czar and ONCDP are purely a propaganda agency, they don’t pass laws. EVERY Republican “drug czar” is an extremist. Clinton picked a military general!

    This cherry job posting is probably a reward for his past crusades against medMJ in Congress – everyone knows medMJ has 80%+ support among voters. The radical guys get rewarded with things like judgeships, committee chairmanships, “czar” jobs, etc., for toeing the Pharma company line in the face of overwhelming voter opposition.

    • CornFedCriminal

      Is there a ‘cherry’ job posting for me anywhere? It would be nice.

  • Gordon Klock

    This evil is never going to stop, they don’t really care about anybody, they just want to sadistically control everything we do & think, they have limited, to no imagination, & they are impotent, & hypocritically “anti gay”, yet get heavily into power tripping butt sex, (& have a proclivity for pedophilia), with a militarily hyper masculine,’secret’ hatred of women, & all things ‘feminine’, they absolutely hate anybody who has any spark of an actual soul……
    & find ways to ignorantly punish one, for even trying to have one…..

  • tom browne

    trump is making huge blunders in his choices and decisions. voters are losing faith in his mental state. people voted for certain things and they want their votes accepted as final.

    • 174thandvyse

      What “voters”? I NEVER believed one word that came out his mouth. Besides which, most of the people who voted for that misanthrope are not liberated, pro-Marijuana people. They HATE reefer, pre-marital sex, immigrants, gay folks, scientists, Muslims, and Non-Whites, just like ALL brainwashed “conservatives” do. Scumbags!

      • tom browne

        its foolish to crack down on legal weed where voters approved it. alot of tax money is involved as well as democracy. what he needs to do is go after hitlery and that whole crooked mob. they cheated sanders out of a chance.

        • 174thandvyse

          Yes, you do have a point, but I wasn’t focusing so much on Presidential Race. I was just talking about the attitude of the latter-day “Archie Bunkers” who favor the strict Anti-Marijuana laws. Trust me on this…they not only hate reefer, but they hate pretty much of what “Archie Bunker” hated…people who are different from them in appearance, culture, or religion. They blame guys like me for their, ahem, “America” being taken away from them, because they have been Programmed by the TRUE enemies, who are REALLY taking this country away from all of us . Immigrants, Gay folks, people of different races, or religions, herb smokers, etc…they are not the enemy.

          Listen to people like Bernie Sanders, they will tell you who the enemy is.

  • Steve

    President Trump lost his brother to addiction. Not making excuses or even trying to reason things out… you change when someone close dies from addiction. I lost my brother. My friend lost his son. We all know people. We have all lost people. We also know that doctors, big pharma, the military complex are all responsible. I am guessing ten more years then all of these old crows will be gone and America will change drastically.

    • Pogle Stowell

      They died because of addiction to cannabis Steve?

      • 174thandvyse

        I’m hip! Just because his brother was a weak-willed fool who just couldn’t control himself (like MOST “born-again”, ahem, “christians”) is no reason to assume that most folks are as weak-willed as he was!

  • Pogle Stowell

    Cannabis is a beautiful drug unlike ugly alcohol.

  • 174thandvyse

    Well, what can I tell you? Republicans have proven time and time again, that they are a bunch of bible-thumping, BRAINWASHED imbeciles when it comes to Marijuana use.

    • PJ London

      Grammar Nazi Alert!
      Misplaced Full Stop!
      ‘Well, what can I tell you? Republicans have proven time and time again, that they are a bunch of bible-thumping, BRAINWASHED imbeciles.’

      • 174thandvyse

        Whatcha talkin’ about? My post looks normal to me, and to most folks. You should devote your time to dealing with the issue at hand, forget about the grammar and punctuation.

        • PJ London

          Hi 174,
          I was being sarcastic. Should have had warning.
          My point was that ‘when it comes to Marijuana use’ was unnecessary, as they are a ‘bunch of bible-thumping, BRAINWASHED imbeciles’ about everything.
          Do you know of any ‘grammar nazi’ that identify themselves as such?

          • 174thandvyse

            As for the “Grammar Nazis”, I’ve known a few who “identify themselves as such”, and let me tell you, they are difficult to be around for long.

  • Speckintime

    Trump is proving himself to be just another puppet like all the rest, there were no Knights in Shining Armor coming to the rescue.

    The bad decisions of powerful people often hurts innocent people, this country has been corrupt to the core for decades and it has involved both parties.

    This is what you get when We The People allow our country to be the best that money can buy.

    The US could make a change if we the people could raise up patriots in third parties and vote out every incumbent at every election but unfortunately that is not happening.

    The corruption is not only in the government that sells the lies and promises but it is also in We the People that buy into the lies and promises.

    The problem with power is not only does it corrupt but it also draws in the most corrupt to it, that is why mankind continues on the same path no matter who takes power.

    It all makes perfect sense when you realize that Mammon is the god that they Trust and Serve.

    Oh how we care, yet we never dare look to the heart of the matter.
    How men of great greed, get what they need, purses that only get fatter.

    Marijuana must be illegal otherwise there might be no more cartel sponsored DEA sex parties .

    Illegal marijuana saves all of the money that legal marijuana takes away from the cartels and Black Ops funding.

    Then you have the poisonous petrochemical industry, the pharmaceutical industry, logging industry, the paper industry, alcohol and tobacco all under threat from legal marijuana.

    The war on drugs has become a fantastic way to turn ordinary citizens into criminals even when they are not involved in any other crimes.
    Illegal marijuana is an important tool for the police state, introducing many created young career criminals to their future with law enforcement.

    Marijuana laws make marijuana a gateway drug by exposing users to drugs they would never had come in contact with if marijuana were legal.

    Marijuana laws create a distrust in the populace for anything the government says, encouraging people to try drugs and synthetics that really are deadly, leading to greater profits for not only the medical industry but the funeral industry as well.

    Marijuana laws have created a very lucrative prison industry as well as prosperity from all the property and money that gets confiscated even when no charges are filed.

    Illegal marijuana adds so much to the economy that legalizing marijuana is just plain anti American.

    God Bless Harry Jacob Anslinger who tried so hard to protect white women from the non white savages.

    • 174thandvyse

      Oh, you just found that out?!!! I knew from Day One that Trump was worthless.

  • anarchyst

    All congress has to do is remove cannabis from “schedule 1” status…problem solved

  • Justin Duiguid

    Not to mention Rep. Marino has taken in $72k, by far his largest donor, from the BIG PHARMA – http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/industries.php?cycle=2016&cid=N00031777&type=I&newmem=N

  • Gaylen Anderson

    Let’s all bow our heads and give thanks for certain individuals that keep us off natural herbs and medicines!

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