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He Hires The Best People

Your Office Of National Drug Control Policy

Look who’s been appointed to help lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy: a 24-year-old recent college grad whose “relevant experience” appears to be organizing a benefit golf tournament.

Hey ‘Murrica, if you’re hoping the opioid crisis plaguing your rural areas is being taken seriously by Donald Trump, think again.

Trump has pledged to marshal federal government talent and resources to address the opioid crisis, but nearly a year after his inauguration, the drug policy office, known as ONDCP, lacks a permanent director. At least seven of his administration’s appointees have departed, office spokesman William Eason said. Among them was the general counsel and acting chief of staff, some of whose duties were assumed by Weyeneth, according to a memo obtained by The Washington Post.

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The official, who agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity, said that Weyeneth has been primarily performing administrative work, rather than making policy decisions, and that he had “assumed additional duties and an additional title following staff openings.”

One might almost think that the White House and Republican Party really aren’t interested in addressing the opioid crisis at all. (One might have been thinking that ever since it was revealed that Republicans like Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn dismantled DEA oversight of drug companies at the height of the opioid epidemic. But I digress ….)

Young Weyeneth is an interesting character. Apparently his family owned a health food business that processed chia seeds and somehow got involved in an illegal Chinese steroid scam:

In the summer and fall of 2011, the firm was secretly processing illegal steroids from China as part of a conspiracy involving people from Virginia, California and elsewhere in the United States and one person in China, federal court records show. Weyeneth’s stepfather, Matthew Greacen, pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy charge last year and received two years probation and a fine.

Why is there always something fishy with everyone associated with Trump? Something involving prison time or federal charges? Even more bizarrely, Matthew Greacen is apparently a cousin of actor Alec Baldwin, who wrote the judge in this case on Greacen’s behalf. Just can’t make this shit up.

All of this is a sidebar to our story’s main point, which is that Trump and the Republican Party really don’t care about the opioid epidemic at all. That this is an epidemic perpetrated on the American people by pharmaceutical companies which profit handsomely from an addicted populace is, I’m sure, purely coincidental.

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Bill Haslam’s Just Full Of Ideas

Tennessee’s new governor has hit upon the greatest idea to battle the scourge of drugs since Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No!” campaign! No, really!

Gov. Bill Haslam today is expected to kick off a new anti-meth campaign called “Meth Destroys” featuring the first educational video created for middle and high school students since the state’s initial meth campaigns in 2005. The video is the latest weapon in the war on meth.

The Tennessean gets extra-stupid points for the hyperbolic bullshit rhetoric. An educational video! What a brilliant idea! No one has ever thought of that before! Oh, wait:

Pfft. I’m not implying meth is as benign as pot, but it’s not like we weren’t forced to watch lame educational videos and listen to anti-drug lectures from Policeman Bob all through school when we were kids. Didn’t do a damn thing.

Hey, Governor: how about just focusing on jobs so people don’t have to cook meth to make money? Maybe help people get into treatment? Offer some kind of social services support to help people stay clean? How about opening TennCare up to dental care, to help those afflicted with meth-mouth? You know, something that actually helps people?

I know, it’s crazy talk.

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Legalizing Pot?

Dang, but there’s always a Tennessee connection, isn’t there? Rep. Steve Cohen has signed on to this lovely piece of bipartisan legislation:

First-Ever Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON, DC — The first-ever Congressional bill to let states legalize marijuana will be introduced in the U.S. House by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers on Thursday, and a group of police and judges who fought on the front lines of the failed “war on drugs” is announcing its support.

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The bill, sponsored by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), would essentially end the federal government’s bullying of states when it comes to marijuana policy reform. Initial co-sponsors include Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO).

Does this stand a chance of seeing the light of day? Normally I’d say, “answer doubtful,” but with the House dominated by Tea Party Republicans and Progressive Democrats, you never know.

Aw, who am I kidding. This will probably go nowhere but it would be nice to be proved wrong on this one.

(h/t, John Cole at Balloon Juice)

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