February 12th, 2009
12:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama administration selects 'drug czar'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obama administration has offered the position of "drug czar” to Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN Thursday.

Kerlikowske has accepted the nomination for the cabinet-level post, formally known as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the official said. His nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.

Kerlikowske, 59, is a military veteran with 36 years of law enforcement experience. The "drug czar" oversees an agency that sets the country's drug-control strategy.


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  1. arithmetic is liberal

    FreeNLovit:

    So... God will wipe us off the map for using a plant he created?

    I believe that children should be raised drug free, but the best way to do that is to take the drugs out of the hands of unregulated street dealers and put the control into the hands of the FDA and licensed pharmacists. And you can tax it too!!! Just remember: marijuana is California's #1 cash crop! Just think of the revenue they could pour back into the states if we legalized and regulated marijuana sales.

    Remember: just a few months before 9/11/01, the Bush administration gave $350 million to the Taliban in return for destroying Afghan poppy fields. There is a good chance that the Taliban used some of that money to help Al Qaeda fund running planes into the Towers and the Pentagon. So the "War on Drugs" runs counter to other "wars" that we NEED to fight.

    February 12, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Pot should be legal. Do you think it is luck that our govt. made legal two drugs that will get you addicted but not kill you for a long time. they knew what they were doing.

    February 12, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    IRV, you are CLUELESS.

    February 12, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Mark

    Hey Irv,

    Put down the bottle. You don't know what you are talking about.

    February 12, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. totally neutral

    We haven't won a war since 1945 – what makes anybody thinks this one will be any different? Spend lots of money, carnage of innocent people everywhere – but its "The moral thing to do."
    Hogwash, The pushers need a PAC.

    February 12, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. John in AZ

    Marijuana should be legal...I think the bulk of Americans agree with that. It is no worse than cigarettes and NOT a gateway to anything. You know what IS the mother of all gateway drugs? Alcohol. And not just a gateway to other drugs, but also a gateway to disease and injury. Our drug policy is backwards.

    February 12, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Justin Caldwell, Houston Tx

    gateway drug? you should be ashamed to use that pathetic term. if weed is a gateway drug.... then so are cigarretts

    February 12, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Scott

    This position should be eliminated.

    February 12, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. DR. A. STONER

    AS A TYPE II DIABETIC, BOOZE IS LIKE POISION TO ME AND THE 20+ MILLION DIABETICS. IS IT SO CRIMINAL THAT I WORK A STRESSFUL JOB, I AM A RESPONSIBLE ADULT, CAPABLE OF MAKING MATURE DECISIONS. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO DECOMPRESS AFTER A HARD DAY AND MELLOW OUT. A BONE IN THE COMFORT OF MY PAID FOR HOME, SHOULD BE MY RIGHT NOT A CRIMINAL ACT.
    THE LEGAL FRATURNITY, MAKES A TON OF MONEY BUSTING A PERSON FOR A JOINT. HOWEVER BERNARD MADOFF, IS FREE , WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR PRIORITIES REMEMBER THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT, BROUGHT ABOUT ORGANIZED CRIME. LETS RETHINK OUR CHOICES.

    February 12, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Melissa M

    I'm disappointed that Obama didn't select someone from a southern border city for this post – the drug war is being fought primarily on the US-Mexican border in cities like Phoenix and El Paso. Thanks to failed drug war policy, Phoenix is now one of the kidnap capitals of the world.

    February 12, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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