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General Atomics vice chairman and Hudson Institute trustee Linden Blue is out with an op-ed piece in the San Francisco Examiner — cowritten with Peter Bensinger, Drug Enforcement Administration administrator during the Ford, Carter and Reagan years — touting a "greater emphasis on rehabilitation" in the nation's war on drugs.

But there's a big stick to go along with the carrot: regular testing of high school students' hair samples for banned substances, with penalties for failure to include jail time and drivers license revocations.

And forget about medical marijuana:

"States that have implemented medical marijuana have three times higher drugged-driver fatalities than states that have no medical marijuana laws," the pair says.

On the other hand, they go on to argue, extensive drug testing has shown proven results. "High schools that have implemented drug testing have better attendance, higher grade scores and fewer disciplinary problems.

"In Chicago, St. Patrick’s High School uses random testing. Hair tests can detect drug use back 90 days.

"St. Patrick’s attendance, graduation and college admission rates are higher and disciplinary incidents lower."

"If kids know there is about a 99 percent chance they will lose, they won’t take the risk — especially on things that are important to them like a driver’s license or getting a job."

"We need to make this work for our kids and for Latin Americans, where the U.S.’s drug appetite has stimulated international cartels and contributed to thousands of deaths."

The full piece is here:

Getting Smart is how to deal with illicit drugs

La Jollan Blue has had a lucrative history with the nation's war against drugs.

Last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection took delivery of the first of many General Atomics-made Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, which are being used by the feds to monitor the border and spy on Mexican drug traffickers over that country's air space:

U.S. flies Predator drones over Mexico to spy on drug traffickers

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Comments

monaghan July 22, 2011 @ 4:12 p.m.

Do we have to choose between getting rich or getting high? I don't like Predators OR "medical" marijuana.

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Radical Uterus July 22, 2011 @ 4:56 p.m.

I don't like big pharmaceutical companies or the military industrial complex.

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seabourne July 22, 2011 @ 5:57 p.m.

According to Title VII Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998 : Responsibilities: The Director "Drug Czar" ..... and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) that-- (A) is listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812); and (B) has not been approved for use for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration;

On April 2, 2003, Congressman Ron Paul wrote a letter to the United States General Accounting Office (GAO) asking for an investigation into ONDCP lobbying activities and their dissemination of "misleading information" (a polite euphemism for "lying").

The GAO responded : "Finally, apart from considerations of whether any particular law has been violated, you have asked whether the Deputy Director's letter disseminated misleading information in connection with statements relating to the debate over legalization of marijuana. [...] ONDCP is specifically charged with the responsibility for "taking such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of certain controlled substances such as marijuana" - a responsibility which logically could include the making of advocacy statements in opposition to legalization efforts. The Deputy Director's statements about marijuana are thus within the statutory role assigned to ONDCP. Given this role, we do not see a need to examine the accuracy of the Deputy Director's individual statements in detail."

By law, the drug czar must oppose any attempt to legalize the use (in any form). Despite the science, medical studies and evidence of medical cannabis safety and effectiveness, despite the fact that the federal government supplies it to patients, despite the fact the Department of Health and Human Services holds patents on cannabinoids for the therapeutic benefits, US Patent 663057 titled "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants" which is assigned to The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services) the drug czar is required by law to lie about it. This renders the Office unreliable and a fraud.

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After you sign the petition, email your friendlies, share on facebook, or twitter from the petition page. If you have a website grab the widget so your visitors can sign it without leaving your website. This petition uses laws passed by Congress to point out that by their laws, the laws must change.

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