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  • Drug czar gives warning (Pot growers "dangerous terrorists")

    07/13/2007 6:25:51 PM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 127 replies · 1,837+ views
    Record Searchlight ^ | July 13, 2007 | Dylan Darling
    The nation's top anti-drug official said people need to overcome their "reefer blindness" and see that illicit marijuana gardens are a terrorist threat to the public's health and safety, as well as to the environment. John P. Walters, President Bush's drug czar, said the people who plant and tend the gardens are terrorists who wouldn't hesitate to help other terrorists get into the country with the aim of causing mass casualties. Walters made the comments at a Thursday press conference that provided an update on the "Operation Alesia" marijuana-eradication effort. "Don't buy drugs. They fund violence and terror," he said....
  • Mexican Lab Closed Down After Suspicions that Painkiller Killed Heroin Users in U.S.

    06/05/2006 8:10:06 PM PDT · by KoRn · 32 replies · 806+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | 06.05.06 | AP
    CHICAGO — U.S. agents, working in cooperation with the Mexican government, have closed down a lab in Mexico that might be the main source of a powerful painkiller that has killed at least 100 heroin users in eight states, the federal drug czar said Monday. John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said it's still not clear whether the painkiller,fentanyl, was mixed with heroin at the lab in Mexico or after it entered the United States.
  • Grassley wants drug czar fired

    04/27/2006 11:31:21 AM PDT · by ncountylee · 46 replies · 789+ views
    AP/crgazette ^ | 04/26/2006
    DES MOINES, IA - Sen. Charles Grassley on Wednesday called for President Bush to fire the nation's drug czar, claiming more needs to be done to combat methamphetamine abuse. John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Policy, has been focusing too much on curbing marijuana use, said Grassley, R-Iowa. Grassley said he wrote Walters calling for more action on meth and the response he received was "basically, bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo." "I think the president ought to fire the drug czar," Grassley told reporters Wednesday during a conference call. "Marijuana obviously is a very big drug problem, particularly...
  • White House Drug Czar Says Medical Marijuana Is 'dying Out'

    07/31/2005 7:53:25 AM PDT · by TheOtherOne · 40 replies · 983+ views
    AP ^ | AP-ES-07-29-05 2239EDT
    White House Drug Czar Says Medical Marijuana Is 'dying Out'By Audrey McAvoy Associated Press Writer Published: Jul 29, 2005 HONOLULU (AP) - The White House drug czar said Friday that medical marijuana is "dying out" after the Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that federal authorities may prosecute sick people whose doctors prescribe pot to ease pain. John Walters, the national drug policy director, said state legislative efforts to expand medical marijuana programs have stalled in the two months since the high court's ruling overrode laws in Hawaii and nine other states. "I think it's dying out," Walters told reporters...
  • Drug warrior

    06/18/2005 9:42:25 AM PDT · by flixxx · 49 replies · 679+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6 16 05 | George Will
    Exasperated by pessimism about the "war on drugs," John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, says:
  • Drug Czar Favors Testing Teens

    06/04/2005 6:06:50 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 103 replies · 1,449+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | June 4, 2005
    Drug Czar Favors Testing Teens If school boards institute random drug testing in the public schools, the use of illegal drugs among teens would be sharply reduced, said John Walters, the director of National Drug Control Policy. President Bush's drug czar has called for catching alcohol and drug abuse early in the teen population, particularly by instituting random drug testing. Random drug screening is an effective measure that local school boards should consider adopting, said John Walters, addressing the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors on Friday in Bal Harbour. "[Random drug testing in public high schools]...
  • Pot measure steams drug czar

    09/12/2004 12:38:01 PM PDT · by cryptical · 31 replies · 641+ views
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | September 10th, 2004 | Brad Cain
    SALEM, Ore. -- A measure on Oregon's Nov. 2 ballot to expand the medical use of marijuana is drawing fire from state district attorneys and the White House drug czar, who says it would turn the state into a "safe haven for drug trafficking."Measure 33 would make it easier for ailing people to obtain marijuana and allow them to possess more of it -- up to a pound at a time. It also requires that indigent patients be given free marijuana.But White House drug czar John Walters, echoing criticism by Oregon's district attorneys, calls Measure 33 a fraud on Oregon...
  • Group loses in effort to get Nevada expense report from drug czar

    08/19/2004 8:47:09 AM PDT · by cryptical · 6 replies · 216+ views
    SFGate ^ | August 18th, 2004 | Brendan Riley
    The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday against efforts by the Marijuana Policy Project to have federal drug czar John Walters investigated for not filing expense reports when campaigning in Nevada against a 2002 marijuana legalization plan. The high court issued a 1-paragraph order saying its intervention isn't warranted. The Marijuana Policy Project sought an order requiring Secretary of State Dean Heller to investigate Walters, adding that he could be subject to a fine up to $5,000 if he violated campaign laws. But Heller's office maintained that Walters didn't have to submit a report when he campaigned in Nevada, and a...
  • Drug Czar's Nevada Expense Report Sought

    04/30/2004 1:17:44 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 52 replies · 195+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | April 30, 2004 | Sean Whaley
    Drug Czar's Nevada Expense Report Sought Carson City -- A marijuana advocacy group has asked the state Supreme Court to order Secretary of State Dean Heller to require a federal official to provide expense information spent lobbying against a state pot initiative. The Washington, D.C.,-based Marijuana Policy Project said Heller is not requiring U.S. Drug Czar John Walters to file expense reports on his anti-marijuana efforts because of an erroneous opinion from the attorney general's office. The group sought campaign reporting from Walters in connection with a 2002 marijuana legalization effort in Nevada that failed at the ballot box. In...
  • Drug Czar Answers Your Questions on "Ask the White House"

    03/03/2004 10:44:01 AM PST · by yonif · 39 replies · 806+ views
    White House ^ | March 1, 2004 | John Walters
    John Walters Hello, I am John Walters, and I look forward to chatting about what is on your mind. Jason, from Springfield, MO writes: Sir: Can you report any significant progress at securing the northern and southern land borders against drug smuggling? Are large amounts of drugs still entering the country from Canada and Mexico, and if so, what can be done? John P. WaltersWe have had remarkable cooperation with Mexico during President Fox's administration. We are not only strengthening the security at our borders, but, more importantly, we are putting much greater enforcement pressure on the criminal organizations that...
  • Bush Policy To Target Prescription Drugs (Tracking patients' use key part of new anti-drug effort)

    03/01/2004 10:48:19 AM PST · by Wolfie · 198+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 1, 2004
    Bush Policy To Target Prescription Drugs Tracking patients' use key part of new anti-drug effort WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's national anti-drug strategy will for the first time target the use of pain relievers, sedatives and stimulants for nonmedical purposes, a problem that has exploded in the last decade. A key part of the strategy being released Monday involves government efforts to help states develop monitoring systems to track a patient's use of prescription medicine. The monitoring programs flag cases that indicate a pattern of abuse, such as "doctor shopping," where a patient gets prescriptions for drugs from multiple physicians....
  • Drug Czar: Tide Turning in Drug War

    02/18/2004 6:27:08 PM PST · by TKDietz · 96 replies · 634+ views
    Fox News ^ | Wednesday, February 18, 2004 | By Peter Brownfeld
    <p>WASHINGTON — America is achieving historic successes in the war on drugs, and some high-tech gadgets may be helping to turn the tide, John P. Walters (search), the nation's drug czar, said on Wednesday.</p> <p>"We've had use go down by 11 percent by teenagers over the last two years. We haven't seen that happen in 10 years — 400,000 less kids are using drugs in 2003 than in 2001," Walters told an audience attending a counter-drug technology exhibit in Washington, D.C.</p>
  • Drug czar stresses local drug-fighting programs

    02/11/2004 5:23:42 PM PST · by yonif · 5 replies · 174+ views
    Sacbee ^ | February 11, 2004 | Steve Wiegand
    <p>Flanked by local politicians, law enforcement and drug treatment program officials at the federal courthouse, White House drug czar John P. Walters said Wednesday in Sacramento that the U.S. government must become a more effective part of local drug prevention and treatment programs. "If we stress prevention, if we can stop young people before they start," Walters said, "we can change the face of substance abuse problems in the country for generations to come."</p>
  • Drug czar tours Reno drug treatment facility

    12/17/2003 9:34:44 AM PST · by yonif · 6 replies · 308+ views
    KRNV ^ | December 17, 2003
    The nation's drug czar spent Tuesday touring a Reno drug treatment facility that's a model for others nationwide. John Walters is the Director of National Drug Control Policy. He visited the "Step Two" Lighthouse of the Sierra drug program. "Step Two" provides shelter, food and clothing to women recovering from drug problems. The program could receive more funding under President Bush's "Access to Recovery" treatment initiative. The federal plan would let abusers choose their treatment program. Walters commended Lighthouse staff, executives and clients. In his words, "For those who believe the drug problem just gets worse, it's time to look...
  • US drug czar says terrorism profiting from drugs

    10/23/2003 5:59:59 PM PDT · by yonif · 48 replies · 225+ views
    Reuters ^ | 23 Oct 2003 23:43:30 GMT
    PHILADELPHIA, Oct 23 (Reuters) - At least half the groups designated as "foreign terrorist organizations" by the U.S. State Department raise money from international drug trafficking, a Bush administration official said on Thursday. White House drug czar John Walters, credited with a federal anti-drug publicity campaign linking drug use among American adolescents with the financing of terror groups, told a police group, "The American drug consumer is the single most important funder of terrorism in this hemisphere." He warned that secret channels used to ship narcotics into the United States could also transport biological or nuclear weapons. "It is a...
  • Walters links drugs to terrorism

    10/11/2003 12:03:04 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 14 replies · 174+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, October 11, 2003 | By Delphine Soulas
    <p>The struggle against narco-trafficking has to be linked with the fight against terrorism, White House drug czar John P. Walters has said.</p> <p>"I believe that violence and terror are associated with drug trade," Mr. Walters said at a conference Thursday at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.</p>
  • White House Drug Czar Recommends Drug Testing in Schools

    10/08/2003 3:32:41 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 190 replies · 273+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 8, 2003
    White House Drug Czar Recommends Drug Testing in Schools Boston -- President Bush's drug czar told New England governors Wednesday that drug testing in schools would be an effective way to combat what is a growing problem of drug use among young people, especially in the Northeast. The region's six governors and John Walters, director of the Office of Drug Control Policy, met at Faneuil Hall in an anti-drug summit focusing on New England's heroin epidemic. New England has more people ages 12 and over dependent on illegal drugs than any other region of the nation, according to Walters. Heroin...
  • MPP Accepts Drug Czar's Debate Challenge

    09/19/2003 12:04:21 PM PDT · by MrLeRoy · 28 replies · 176+ views
    MPP ^ | SEPTEMBER 17, 2003
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) today responded to White House Drug Czar John Walters' call for "a national debate" on marijuana policy by offering to debate the drug czar on national television as soon as possible. Walters, who has repeatedly avoided debates or joint appearances with representatives of MPP and other drug policy reform organizations, issued the challenge during a September 10 press conference in Seattle. Walters used the press conference to denounce Initiative 75, a measure to make arrest and prosecution of personal marijuana possession the lowest priority for Seattle police and prosecutors. As reported in...
  • D.C. Bud?

    09/18/2003 6:58:11 AM PDT · by MrLeRoy · 85 replies · 319+ views
    Seattle Weekly ^ | September 17, 2003 | Philip Dawdy
    EVERY SO OFTEN, you can see a new rip, however small, in the American cultural fabric, a subtle sign that what was once presumed to be a settled issue is now up for grabs. Last week there was a moment at a drug treatment center in Rainier Valley that was one of those times. That’s when John Walters, the White House “drug czar,” came to Seattle backed by a platoon of bodyguards—and unwittingly admitted that the feds’ 60 Years War on marijuana didn’t have the grip on the American public that it once did. Walters’ announced purpose in coming to...
  • Medical Pot a Political Ploy, Bush Drug Czar Says

    08/15/2003 6:19:15 AM PDT · by robertpaulsen · 93 replies · 312+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | August 15, 2003
    <p>PORTLAND -- Drug czar John Walters said Thursday that medical marijuana is being used as a political ploy to support efforts to legalize marijuana in a state where it already poses the most serious drug abuse problem for teenagers.</p> <p>Walters said about 25 percent of teens in the metro area who report drug abuse problems say they are dependent on marijuana, compared with 15 percent who report alcohol abuse.</p>
  • Drug Czar Slammed for 'Silence' Against Drugs in Sports by Former Office Spokesman (Weiner alert)

    07/13/2003 12:19:00 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 15 replies · 521+ views
    Drug Czar Slammed for 'Silence' Against Drugs in Sports by Former Office Spokesman 7/13/03 7:39:00 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National and Sports desks Contact: Bob Weiner or Colin Miller, 301-283-0821 or 202-329-1700 WASHINGTON, July 13 /U.S. Newswire/ -- U.S. Drug Czar John Walters is being slammed for "silence" in the fight against drugs in sports by former office spokesman Bob Weiner. "The Drug Czar's silence is not golden -- it tarnishes sports," said Weiner, who wrote an oped in today's New York Post together with Colin Miller, a junior at Johns Hopkins University and vice-president of the men's Rugby team....
  • Drug czar turns to religious leaders

    07/12/2003 11:16:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 230+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/12/03 | Kelly Kurt - AP
    <p>TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The nation's drug czar recruited local religious leaders Saturday in the war on drugs.</p> <p>The call to arms came as John Walters, director of National Drug Control Policy, held his first news conference since announcing Thursday his national drive to enlist faith-based youth groups in anti-drug programs. The effort is the Bush administration's latest effort to expand the role of religious organizations in government services.</p>
  • Drug Czar is Cleared of Campaign Violation

    04/25/2003 10:45:23 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 10 replies · 145+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | April 24, 2003 | Cy Ryan
    Drug Czar is Cleared of Campaign Violation Carson City -- The state attorney general's office says Nevada can't discipline federal drug czar John Walters for failing to file campaign expense reports in his successful effort to defeat a proposed state constitutional amendment to legalize possession small amounts of marijuana. But the Marijuana Policy Project of Washington says the attorney general's "legal analysis is incorrect," Steve Fox, its director of government relations for the project, said. Fox said the opinion from the office of Attorney General Brian Sandoval, a Republican, seemed to be looking for a way to avoid disciplining a...
  • CSPI: NASCAR, anti-drug PSAs don’t mix

    08/07/2002 12:26:06 PM PDT · by GeneD · 14 replies · 252+ views
    Broadcasting and Cable.com ^ | 8/7/02 | John Eggerton
    The Center for Science in the Public Interest has sent a letter to the head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, with copies to CSPI’s friends in Congress, complaining that NASCAR and anti-drug public service announcements don’t mix. CSPI singled out the use of driver Jimmy Spencer in PSA’s, since he is sponsored by Anheuser-Busch. But it also referred to NASCAR’s "nonstop" reminders of drinking: "Beer brand logos are omnipresent on NASCAR’s drivers’ uniforms, cars, infield equipment and kid-friendly promotional items," CSPI’s Alcohol Policies Project Director George Hacker wrote. Calling beer the "major drug problem" for young people,...