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LEAP Stumps the Drug Czar

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Uploaded on Jun 24, 2009

Tom Angell, media relations director for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, asks White House "Drug Czar" Gil Kerlikowske what he thinks of all the recent discussion on drug legalization. Any citizen can join LEAP at http://www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com

I am Tom Angell with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Director Kerlikowske you said that the idea of legalizing drugs is of the charts for discussion. But in recent weeks a number of serious people like Senator Jim Webb, former Mexican President Vicente Fox and the current Mexican ambassador of the United States have all said that legalization is a serious idea worth serious consideration. And even on page one of the UNODC report up today Mr. Costa devotes significant space to discussing the arguments for legalizing drugs. Do you think that this recent discussion is dangerous and should be discouraged or do you think under the Obama administration in this era scientifically all options really should be on the table for consideration before we decide to a new way to move forward? Sure we are a country of free speech and so I think the last thing that anyone in the administration would do would be to suppress free speech in that discussion. As regards to legalization it is not in the President's vocabulary and it is not in mine.

Soy Tom Angell con La AplicaciÛn de la Ley Contra la ProhibiciÛn. Director Kerlikowske usted dijo que la idea de legalizar las drogas esta fuera de las listas de discusiÛn. Pero en reciente semanas un numero de personas serias como el senador Jim Webb, ex presidente mexicano Vicente Fox y el actual embajador de MÈxico de los Estados Unidos todos han dicho que la legalizaciÛn es una idea seria digna de seria consideraciÛn. E incluso en la primera p·gina del informe de la UNODC hoy el Sr. Costa dedica significante espacio a discutir los argumentos para legalizar las drogas. øCree usted que esta discusiÛn reciente es peligrosa y debe de ser desalentada o cree usted que bajo la administraciÛn de Obama en esta era cientÌficamente todas las opciones realmente deberian de estar en la mesa para su consideraciÛn antes de decidirnos de una nueva manera de avanzar? Claro que somos un paÌs de libertad de expresiÛn y lo que creo es que la ˙ltima cosa que alguien en la administraciÛn harÌa serÌa suprimir la libertad de expresiÛn en ese debate. En lo que al respecto a la legalizaciÛn no est· en el vocabulario del Presidente y no esta en la mÌa. Ayude a LEAP educar al zar en www.drugwardebate.com

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