For Immediate Release
Pres. Obama’s Proposed 2011 Budget Bolsters War on Drugs
Obama administration to expand drug war by tilting funds heavily toward law enforcement and away from treatment
WASHINGTON - According
to 2011 funding "highlights" released this week by the Office of
National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Obama administration is
expanding the war on drugs and focusing its funds toward law
enforcement over treatment. The budget puts America's drug war spending
at $15.5 billion for fiscal year 2011; an increase of 3.5 percent over
2010 and an increase of 5.2 percent in overall enforcement funding
($9.7 billion in FY 2010 to $9.9 billion in FY 2011). Addiction
treatment and preventative measures are budgeted to increase from $5.2
billion to $5.6 billion.
Furthermore, President Obama chose to continue
funding the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, which is run by
the drug czar's office and has for years emptied its coffers on absurd
anti-marijuana ads that veer far from the truth. One such ad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?
released in 2006 insinuates that marijuana use can lead to rape, a
particularly dishonest claim considering that alcohol, a legal drug, is
a factor in a huge majority of sexual assaults.
"This budget reflects the same Bush-era
priorities that led to the total failure of American drug policy during
the last decade," said Aaron Houston, MPP director of government
relations. "One of the worst examples is $66 million requested for the
National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign when every independent study
has called it a failure. The president is throwing good money after bad
when what we really need is a new direction."
With more than 26,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. For more information, please visit http://MarijuanaPolicy.org.