How about no more drug “czars” or “tzars” or whatever? How about we get to the work of decriminalization and legalization? How about we stop the ridiculous and destructive drug war?
It’s like prohibition. Corruption just comes with contraband.
It should also be noted the it was President Obama who signed the bill that has gotten Marino into such hot water.
A joint report by The Washington Post and 60 Minutes found that Marino’s measure “helped pump more painkillers into parts of the country that were already in the middle of the opioid crisis,” as NPR’s Kelly McEvers said earlier this week. The bill had been opposed by the DEA and embraced by companies in the drug industry.
As NPR’s White House Correspondent Tamara Keith notes, Marino’s withdrawal leaves the Trump administration without nominees for several important domestic roles, including drug czar, the director of the DEA, and secretary of Health and Human Services.
Marino was a main backer of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act; among other things, the measure changed the standard for identifying dangers to local communities, from “imminent” threats to “immediate” threats. That change cramped the DEA’s authority to go after drug companies that didn’t report suspicious — and often very large — orders for narcotics.
After the Post and 60 Minutes report, several members of Congress called for the White House to pull Marino’s nomination as drug czar.