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New Drug Czar

OPB | March 17, 2009 9 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 8:49 p.m.

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President Obama has nominated Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy (i.e., if confirmed he’ll be the new “drug czar”). Though Kerlikowske comes from a strong law enforcement background, his approach to drug policy has been called progressive. He presided over a city known for drug courts and needle exchange programs, a tolerance for the yearly Hempfest and mobile methadone vans. Some people are also saying that having a stepson with multiple marijuana charges has given Kerlikowske a painful but invaluable understanding of the complexities of drug problems.

What will all of this mean when he takes the national stage, and what will that national stage mean for the Northwest? What is your experience with state and national drug laws? What are you hoping will change — or stay the same?

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