President Biden will soon announce his nominee for the next Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) or ‘drug czar’.
Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy is campaigning for the role and his history of harmful and outdated prohibitionist views make him a disastrous potential choice for the position. From opposing ending marijuana prohibition to supporting forced abstinence and treatment through incarceration and drug courts, Kennedy’s views are concerning.
But we’ve been working to ensure Biden instead picks someone that centers a health-based approach to drugs. Tell President Biden that the next drug czar must support reform, not repeat the drug war mistakes of the past.