Officials in Obama’s Drug Czar Office Wanted to Decriminalize Marijuana

Officials In Obama’s Drug Czar Office Wanted To Decriminalize Marijuana

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Officials at the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Barack Obama wanted to decriminalize marijuana, with one former official telling HuffPost that staff pushed to ease federal prohibitions against the drug. But they never made that case directly to the public.

“ONDCP was in favor of decriminalizing but not legalizing,” explained former deputy director A. Thomas McLellan, who worked in the White House office during Obama’s first term.

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