October 15, 2009 – In a recent interview, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske talks about his job and his previous statements on marijuana.
Being in such a high profile job isn’t easy. Just three months after taking over, Kerlikowske found himself in a controversy when he said that marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit.
Kerlikowske said he wishes he would have been more clear that he was referring to smoked marijuana.
“It’s been very clear from the FDA that smoked marijuana doesn’t have medicinal effect. When it comes to other things, that may have a benefit. We’ll let science answer that question and I think it’s still being resolved.”
Kerlikowske’s office plans to release the nation’s new drug strategy sometime in February.
He said Americans will notice a shift towards more treatment-oriented programs.
“More people are dying from overdoses than from car crashes and gunshot wounds. This is something parents can prevent.”