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Marijuana reform finds bipartisan support during House hearing

7/11/19--Federal marijuana reform found broad bipartisan support Wednesday on Capitol Hill during a first-of-its-kind hearing held by members of the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing marked the first time Congress has specifically convened to consider ending marijuana prohibition since federally outlawing pot decades earlier. Read

Democrat Jared Polis takes same stage as Donald Trump Jr. to tout bipartisanship amid shouts for “recall”

7/12/19--During the 10th annual Western Conservative Summit, Democratic Gov. Jared Polis extended a hand to his political rivals by stating, “our state of Colorado is big enough for all of us to live our lives according to our values” even as his critics responded with shouts for a “recall.” Polis is a prominent advocate for “Medicare for All.” He signed legislation this year to expand access to marijuana. Read

Lawmakers and witnesses clash on strategy during congressional hearing on ending federal marijuana prohibition

7/10/19--Members of a key congressional committee convened for a first-ever hearing on ending marijuana prohibition on Wednesday, engaging in informed conversations about the issue that largely embraced evidence and avoided resorting to fear mongering, demonstrating a broad consensus that major marijuana reforms are needed. During this hearing, there was some disagreement and debate over what reform legislation should look like and the best strategy to advance it. Read

Former federal prosecutor hopes to break Kansas Dems’ losing streak in Senate races

7/1/19--Former U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom hopes to accomplish what no Kansas Democrat has done since 1932: Win a race for U.S. Senate. In the years since stepping down, he’s emerged as an outspoken critic of federal laws against marijuana and has served as corporate counsel for Electrum Partners, a Nevada firm that invests in the medical marijuana industry. Read

Two congressional hearings next week on marijuana

6/14/19--Next week, the two key committees will hold hearings on various aspects of federal marijuana policy. The first will be held on Wednesday, June 19th, in the Small Business Committee, entitled Unlocked Potential? Small Businesses in the Cannabis Industry. The second hearing is to be held on Thursday, June 20th, in the Veterans Affairs Committee to discuss various bills that are pending regarding medical cannabis programs and veterans access. Read

Florida governor could kill recreational pot

5/10/19--Governor Ron DeSantis, who has previously stated he sides with the will of the people, has made no indication of whether he will sign the bill. If he does, the law would go into effect immediately, affecting 27 active petition drives seeking to place Constitutional amendments on the 2020 general election ballot. Read

Mitch McConnell’s campaign team is selling cocaine-themed t-shirts

5/9/19--Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) reelection campaign team is raising money by selling a cocaine-themed T-shirt. The garment features a depiction of McConnell alongside what appears to be a cloud of coke dust. “Cartel Member,” is emblazoned on the back. Read

What Trump said in private conversations about cannabis revealed

2/25/29--President Trump immediately rebuked then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the day that he rescinded Justice Department guidance on federal marijuana enforcement priorities, Senator Cory Gardner revealed. According to Gardner, there was an obvious disagreement between the president and the attorney general on this issue. Apparently, this isn’t something Trump supports, but it was too late to reverse the decision. Read

FDA head reveals new details about agency’s CBD regulation plans

2/27/19--Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb revealed new details about plans to pursue alternative pathways for CBD regulation and also acknowledged that federal prohibition drives research into medical marijuana overseas on Wednesday. Read

Optimism mixes with distrust: Cannabis industry reacts to Trump’s new attorney general

2/15/19--Donald Trump's choice for new Attorney General, William Barr, has been confirmed by the United States Senate. Barr signaled that marijuana entrepreneurs had less to fear from him than they did under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. With Barr in charge, many in the industry hope that legal marijuana will mature further. Yet, according to Barr’s statements, there is little chance he will legalize marijuana at the federal level. Read

Marijuana industry boosts DC lobbying team

1/11/19--The marijuana industry is boasting its largest lobbying team in Washington ever, as it gears up to push through major legislation in 2019. The Cannabis Trade Federation (CTF), a nonprofit to educate and advocate for cannabis in public policy, has hired 15 lobbyists to push the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act. The bill would protect state laws regulating marijuana use from the federal government. Read

D.C. pot lobbyist : The future of marijuana legalization on Capitol Hill

1/10/19--Massachusetts is one of 10 states that has legalized recreational marijuana, but it's still illegal on the federal level, resulting in a confusing patchwork of conflicting laws. Michael Correia, known on Capitol Hill as "The Pot Lobbyist," is working to change this. WGBH Morning Edition anchor Joe Mathieu spoke with Correia while in Washington D.C. to talk about his efforts to legalize pot around the country and a recent attempt by Senator Elizabeth Warren to protect states that have already gotten that far. Read

Fact check: O’Rourke’s half-baked marijuana legalization count

10/6/18--During the “Turn out for Texas” rally, El Paso congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke told a crowd of more than 50,000 supporters that marijuana use is legal in most states. Although O’Rourke made this claim, in actuality only nine states have legalized marijuana use for all adults, but 30 have some form of legal use for medical purposes, giving O’Rourke’s statement an element of truth. Read

State house candidates discuss medical marijuana and other proposals

9/11/18--Candidates for several mid-Missouri legislative races gathered to discuss their stances on several proposed constitutional amendments, including marijuana for medical use. The Missouri University Retirees Association organized the event, which was attended by almost 100 people. Read

Legal Weed: How Republicans learned to love marijuana

8/16/18--For decades, marijuana legalization was a nonstarter in Washington, and particularly in Republican politics. The party considered cannabis a dangerous gateway drug, but as state experimentation with legalization grew, media coverage of marijuana’s supposed health benefits increased, and public opinion and demographics shifted, Republicans—some of whom had touted their hard-line stances as unalterable—began to soften. Read

How a pair of Kentucky pols are about to legalize hemp

8/4/18--Rep. James Comer, a farmer from Kentucky and former Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has backed the legalization of hemp since 2013, are leading efforts to remove hemp from the government’s list of most addictive drugs, known as Schedule 1 controlled substances as part of the pending farm bill. The so-called “descheduling” of hemp just might be the most controversial aspect of the massive spending bill. Read

Rick Day says cannabis could be the future of North Georgia

7/3/18--Rick Day, a 62 year old veteran, is the first from the Democratic party to ever challenge the Speaker of the House, David Ralston, for the seat of Georgia House of Representatives District 7. One key issue of Day’s platform and arguably one that he shows the most passion for is his pro-cannabis stance and the benefits it could bring to North Georgia. Day would like to see Georgia move beyond the limited laws passed recently in the state that increased medical marijuana use and see cannabis legalized for recreational use as well. Read

Elizabeth Warren’s faulty claim about marijuana convictions

6/29/17--Making the case for criminal justice reform, Warren claimed that the United States locks up more people for “low-level offenses on marijuana” than for all violent crimes. As reported by The Washington Post's The Fact Checker, most crimes are prosecuted by state and local authorities, not the federal government. Furthermore, nearly 44,700 people at the state level were serving a sentence of one year or longer at the end of 2015 after being convicted of drug possession as their most serious offense, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. This includes not only marijuana but also heroin, cocaine, and other illicit drugs. Read  

Interview: Small Business Owner and Sec. of State Brian Kemp

1/22/18--On January 16, 2018, former Georgia Secretary of State and small business owner, Brian Kemp, joined Merion West’s Henri Mattila for an interview to discuss his vision for Georgia as he campaigns for Governor. Read

Marijuana money increasingly flowing to Republican lawmakers

1/21/18--Marijuana business owners are increasingly pouring their profits into lobbying lawmakers as they face a federal crackdown from the Trump administration. A USA Today survey found hundreds of thousands of dollars flowing from the cannabis industry into campaign finance accounts of both lawmakers and political action committees, with emphasis this year on Congressional Republicans who are trying to stop the Trump administration from targeting marijuana businesses. Read

Congressman Earl Blumenauer wants to see medical marijuana in professional sports

11/6/17--Congressional cannabis champion Rep. Earl Blumenauer is the latest public figure to weigh in on medical marijuana in professional sports, urging both the NBA and NFL to stop persecuting their players for using a natural painkiller. Read

The drug industry’s triumph over the DEA

10/15/17--A handful of members of Congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills. The DEA had opposed the effort for years. The law was the crowning achievement of a multifaceted campaign by the drug industry to weaken aggressive DEA enforcement efforts against drug distribution companies that were supplying corrupt doctors and pharmacists who peddled narcotics to the black market. Read

Rep. Earl Blumenauer testifies that medical marijuana could solve opioid crisis

10/11/17--In response to Congress failing to recognize that medical marijuana may be a simple and effective solution to the opioid epidemic, Oregon Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer made remarks in a testimony before a U.S. House Subcommittee on Health hearing on proposals for ending the crisis. Blumenauer demanding an end to the federal government’s “stranglehold” on medical cannabis research. He called on Congress to pass the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017, which would enable “robust” research to resolve the lingering questions surrounding the efficacy of medical marijuana. Read

Trump Drug Enforcement Administration choice to light up pot politics

9/30/17--President Trump will replace the nation's top anti-drug  when Chuck Rosenberg steps down after more than two years leading the Drug Enforcement Administration. It's unclear who Trump will make acting administrator, or if that person will be a placeholder or a long-serving acting administrator like Rosenberg and his predecessor Michele Leonhart, who went three years without Senate confirmation. Read

Sen. Al Franken adds name to marijuana legislation

9/21/17--On Tuesday, Minnesota Senator Al Franken officially became the fifth person to sign on as a co-sponsor for a pro-cannabis legalization bill that would authorize marijuana growers and cultivators to be eligible for taxation. If passed, the measure would further legitimize the manufacture and sale of weed—and the very signing itself indicates Franken’s ever-growing platform on pot. Read

Jeff Sessions may soon have a green light to wage war on medical marijuana businesses

9/17/17--The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which was proposed in 2014 and has been renewed in the federal budget each year since then, disallows the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and federal regulators from using federal dollars to prosecute marijuana businesses in states that have passed medical marijuana laws. However, this protection may soon fade away, possibly giving Capitol Hill's top marijuana opponent, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a green light to trample states' rights and prosecute medical-marijuana businesses. Read

These 3 things will change no matter who succeeds Christie (yes, marijuana’s on the list)

9/18/17--Come January, things will change in the state of New Jersey no matter who the state taps to succeed Gov. Chris Christie, including more marijuana, taxes, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to fight global warming. As far as the issue of marijuana is concerned, the major party candidates, Phil Murphy (Democrat) promises to join states like Colorado that have legalized recreational use of pot, while Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (Republican) opposes legalizing pot for recreational use, but supports expanding New Jersey's medicinal marijuana use and decriminalization. Read

Pot at poker tables? Democrats push weed to boost New Jersey finances

9/13/17--With Atlantic City’s gambling heyday now past, politicians in the Garden State are aiming to grab marijuana’s riches while neighbors again play catch-up. Beyond the political will and public opinion favoring legalization, New Jersey has a financial incentive to beat New York and Pennsylvania for access to a legalized market where North American consumers spent $6.7 billion in 2016. Read

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch announces his support for medical marijuana research, releases new bill

9/13/17--Sen. Orrin Hatch believes medical marijuana has “possible benefits.” He’s introducing the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017, a proposal focused on removing the “bureaucratic red tape and over-regulation” that the senator feels might impede research into the drug’s potential use for patients. Read

Oshkosh Common Councilor Caroline Panske convicted of marijuana possession

9/8/17--Oshkosh Common Council member Caroline L. Panske, who was in favor of easing penalties for marijuana possession last year, has been convicted of possession of marijuana. She was convicted in August after a July traffic stop in Waushara County led to two misdemeanor charges — possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia — and a citation for driving with an open intoxicant. Read

Senators want Feds to make sure dispensary marijuana is safe

9/11/17--A powerful Senate panel is urging federal agencies to make a number of surprising marijuana moves, including launching an effort to test products sold at dispensaries in states where cannabis has been legalized. Concerned about a lack of data on the potency and purity of cannabis available to consumers, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee is directing federal agencies to formulate a “National Testing Program for Schedule I Marijuana-Derived Products.” Read

House committee rejects medical marijuana protections

9/7/17--In a significant blow to medical marijuana advocates, patients, and cannabis companies around the nation, the House Rules Committee has blocked protections for MMJ patients and banks that want to serve state-legal cannabis businesses. The actions mean the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, a version of which has protected MMJ patients since 2014, will not proceed as part of the spending package to a vote by the full House. Read

Congressman proposes budget amendment to protect marijuana research from DOJ

9/1/17--Republican congressman Rep. Matt Gaetz, a freshman lawmaker representing the western panhandle of Florida, has proposed an appropriations amendment to provide safe harbor for medical cannabis research in the majority of U.S. states. If included and passed, it would provide protections for researchers of Schedule I substances in states that have legalized some form of medical cannabis. Read

Paraguay politician arrested in Bolivia with 50 tons of marijuana

8/25/17--Bolivian authorities seized more than 5 tons of marijuana in the possession of three Paraguayans, who were subsequently arrested: political figure Fredy Alberto Godoy Segovia and his partners Sixto Gilberto Biordo and Edgar Salomón Sanabria Núñez. This was Bolivia's biggest marijuana seizure this year, highlighting how deeply involved Paraguay's officials have become in the highly profitable transnational drug trade. Read

Colorado defends its legal marijuana program in strong letter to Jeff Sessions

8/24/17--Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman (R) mounted a vigorous defense of their state’s legalized and regulated marijuana program, replying to a critical letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that was directed at states that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. In a response letter, Hickenlooper and Coffman tell Sessions that their state’s numerous marijuana laws and regulations are “effective.” Read

Here’s what Jeff Sessions got wrong on marijuana, according to Washington state officials

8/24/17--Officials in Washington state think U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has it all wrong when it comes to the state’s legal marijuana market. Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, both Democrats, fired off a letter saying Sessions recently made “a number of allegations that are outdated, incorrect, or based on incomplete information.” Read

Congress appears ready to buck Sessions on medical marijuana

8/23/17--Congress will likely renew protections next month for state medical marijuana laws, but pro-pot lawmakers and advocates are still watching nervously in case Attorney General Jeff Sessions launches a last-minute sabotage campaign. The amendment, offered by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), will soon expire unless Congress renews it. It appears likely lawmakers will include the language in a spending bill keeping the government open past Sept. 30, with one possible hiccup – intervention by Sessions, who’s famously known for his abhorrence to cannabis. Read

Why the Marijuana Justice Act legalizes marijuana the right way

8/16/17--According to Jim Patterson, The Hill opinion contributor and CEO of Eaze, a cannabis technology that connects people to doctors and dispensaries for on-demand consultations and deliveries, the Marijuana Justice Act, introduced by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), is a bold step forward in transforming the industry as we know it. Patterson says the bill will shine a light on how marijuana policies have negatively impacted targeted communities, specifically low-income communities of color. Furthermore, it seeks to undo some of the damage that Booker aptly describes as, “the unjust application of the law and economic bias.” Read

Harwell ‘open’ to medical marijuana law in Tennessee

8/12/17--The treatment of her sister's back injury has caused Republican gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell to reevaluate Tennessee's ban on medical marijuana. She still opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana; however, earlier this year Harwell formed a House task force to work on proposals to address opioid and prescription drug abuse in Tennessee. The panel will evaluate medical marijuana as part of that process. Read

Lawmakers halt bill to let VA doctors prescribe pot for pain

7/26/17--Republican lawmakers have blocked a vote on a bill that would have allowed Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana as a pain treatment in states where the drug is legal. The House Rules Committee stopped a proposed “Veterans Equal Access” amendment from moving to debate on the House floor by keeping the measure out of the House’s proposed VA funding bill for next year. Read

Marijuana, taxes key topics in Woodland city council race

7/21/17--At least two Woodland City Council candidates, Nate Cook and Keith Bellisle, want to see the city’s ban on recreational marijuana stores lifted, and a third, Dave Plaza, said he’s open to the idea, too. Marijuana is just one of many topics the three candidates have to debate as they compete to replace outgoing council member Marilee McCall for the Position No. 3. Read

Marijuana legalization: The new Reefer Madness

7/12/17--In a published commentary featured in The Hill, Kevin Sabet, president and CEO of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, presents his argument for why the proposed Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment is bad for public health and safety. Sabet deems restricting the Justice Department's spending on enforcement in states that have violated federal law and passed medical marijuana initiatives as a back-door gimmick to legalize marijuana at the federal level, while also benefiting major criminal organizations seeking legal cover for drug trafficking. Read

Ed Markey demands apology from Kellyanne Conway for comment on addiction

6/26/17--Senator Ed Markey issued a fiery statement Monday demanding an apology from White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, after she stated that people suffering from drug addiction need “a four-letter word called ‘will’ ’’ in an interview about health care’s role in stemming the ongoing opioid crisis. Markey, in a statement, said Conway’s words are a “death sentence’’ for those suffering from opioid addiction. Read

How six senators are leading the fight for federally legal weed

6/22/17--There's a growing core group of senators who are urging the federal government to catch up with the states when it comes to medical marijuana. A bipartisan and ideologically diverse group of six senators introduced legislation that would allow the laws legalizing medical marijuana in 29 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam to supersede the current federal prohibition on weed. It also would make it easier for epilepsy patients and veterans to access medical marijuana, while loosening restrictions on researching weed. Read

Al Franken and Rand Paul join forces to protect medical marijuana from Jeff Sessions

6/16/17--Senators Al Franken and Rand Paul, among others from both sides of the aisle, have come together to craft a bill that would guard against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is dead set on getting rid of rules that keep the DOJ from enforcing federal drug laws in the case of states that allow medical marijuana. Read

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, staunch marijuana legalization supporter, to run for Colorado governor

6/12/17--U.S. Representative Jared Polis plans to join the race for Colorado governor this week. Polis is a founding member of Congress’ Cannabis Caucus, a bipartisan group dedicated to promoting and protecting the marijuana industry. In joining the race for governor, the Boulder Democrat will advocate a vision for Colorado that tests how far to the left the state has shifted politically in the last decade. Read

American Legion to Trump: Allow marijuana research for vets

5/20/17--The American Legion, one of the nation’s most conservative veterans’ groups, is appealing to President Trump to reclassify marijuana to allow large-scale research into whether cannabis can help troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Under current rules, doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs cannot even discuss marijuana as an option with patients. Read

Congress’ weed guy grapples with the Trump Administration

5/19/17--Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) has been one of America’s most outspoken public officials on liberalizing America’s marijuana laws. He is now tasked with serving as an unofficial liaison between official Washington and a cannabis industry concerned about the prospect of a federal crackdown on it. Blumenauer remains upbeat about the prospects for the industry, insisting that nationwide legalization is four years away, at most. Read

Bipartisan legislation seeks to undermine Sessions’ sentencing memo

5/18/17--Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former colleagues in the Senate are pushing back on his order to federal prosecutors to pursue the most severe penalties possible for defendants, including mandatory minimum sentences, and introducing legislation to give federal judges more discretion to impose lower sentences. Republican Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who co-sponsored the legislation, said that Sessions’ new policy will “accentuate” the existing “injustice” in the criminal justice system. Read

President Trump signals: War on drugs back on in the USA

5/12/17--President Donald Trump and United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled that the DOJ will enforce the laws, and seek maximum sentences for drug law violators. Apparently, the Drug War looks like it is back on, and as a result some marijuana industry stocks are heavily impacted by the news and the notion that the Drug War is back on in the U.S. Read

Coming soon: vending machines that scan your fingerprints and sell you pot

5/12/17--American Green, a Phoenix-based cannabis technology firm, recently developed a vending machine prototype that will check a customer's ID using biometric verification, and sell pot or other age-restricted items to anyone legally allowed to buy. The option is being presented as ideal for consumers hoping to get their hands on marijuana while avoiding face-to-face contact with a seller, or perhaps someone they know. Read

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell weighs in on marijuana

5/7/17--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell weighed in on the possibility of medical and/or recreational marijuana use in the NFL. Goodell tore down any hope that the NFL would become the first major sport to allow its players to use marijuana without facing drug-testing repercussions. Read

Federal prosecutors may again push for harsher sentences

5/9/17--Justice Department officials have been weighing new guidance that would encourage prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove. If embraced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, this could result in an increased use of rigid mandatory minimum sentences that critics have called unnecessarily harsh. Read

Trump says he reserves right to ignore medical marijuana protection provision in spending bill

5/8/17--President Donald Trump signed his first piece of major legislation on Friday, despite his objections to numerous provisions included in the measure. One such provision prohibits the Justice Department from using any funds to block implementation of medical marijuana laws by states and U.S. territories. In a signed statement that accompanied the bill and outlined his objections, Trump said he reserved the right to ignore the provision. Read

Rohrabacher says he’ll take medical marijuana fight with Jeff Sessions to Supreme Court

5/5/17--Rep. Dana Rohrabacher hopes to convince Attorney General Jeff Sessions that good people smoke pot sometimes. But if he can’t, Rohrabacher said he'll make is argument in court with Sessions. The Republican congressmen believes, “If we have to take it all the way to the Supreme Court, we will win on this.” Rohrabacher, who has used cannabis himself to ease arthritis, has unexpectedly become a leading figure in the fight to legalize marijuana at the federal level. Read

Trump indicates where he stands on medical marijuana

5/6/17--President Donald Trump, who has stayed mum on the topic of marijuana since the election, finally gave an indication as to where he stands on the issue by stating: "Division B, section 537 provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories. I will treat this provision consistently with my constitutional responsibility to take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Read

Marijuana industry relieved after Sessions signals no looming pot crackdown

4/29/17--The marijuana industry is feeling some relief after Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and signaled he will leave state pot laws alone. Despite harsh rhetoric against marijuana since his confirmation as Attorney General, Sessions allegedly implied federal marijuana enforcement in legal states is not a real priority for the Department of Justice. Read

Gubernatorial candidates consider broader marijuana laws

4/22/17--Candidates for New Jersey governor are considering embracing efforts to authorize recreational use in the state. Industry watchers say they’re optimistic legalization will move forward, even if they are unsure about the pace. Read

Trump adviser urges him to keep Sessions from harassing state-legal pot suppliers

4/3/17--Roger Stone, the longtime Republican operative and adviser to Donald Trump, is publicly urging the president to reject Attorney General Jeff Sessions' "outmoded thinking on marijuana" and keep him from harassing state-licensed canna businesses. Read

Trump’s apparent drug czar pick has strong “no” vote record on marijuana, including CBD oil

4/12/17--Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., will be President Trump’s drug czar, according to a report from CBS News. Marino’s congressional voting record is that of a hard-liner on marijuana issues, and he recently said that he’d like to put nonviolent drug offenders in some sort of “hospital-slash-prison.” As drug czar, Marino would oversee the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a branch of the White House that advises the president on drug policy issues. Read