Obama is considering Rep. Jim Ramstad (R, Minnesota) as head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. This is unfortunate because Ramstad (a recovering addict) opposes medical marijuana.
"It's gratifying to hear Jim's name being mentioned for drug czar," said Ramstad spokesman Dean Peterson. "Jim has worked in a bipartisan way for 27 years on anti-drug efforts in Congress and the Minnesota Senate. And as a recovering person, he's worked every day to help those suffering the ravages of chemical addiction."
In January, Obama said he supported marijuana decriminalization.
And in August, Obama stated, "I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users. It's not a good use of our resources."
So why is he considering Ramstad to be the drug czar?