Deputy Drug Czar Michael Botticelli
“At a House Oversight Committee hearing [Tuesday, February 4, 2014], the drug czars second-in-command, Michael Botticelli, received a stern questioning from Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) about the harms of marijuana in light of President Barack Obama recent comments on the subject.
‘How many people die from marijuana overdoses every year?’ Connolly asked.
‘I dont know that I know. It is very rare,’ Botticelli replied.
‘Very rare. Now just contrast that with prescription drugs, unintentional deaths from prescription drugs, one American dies every 19 minutes,’ Connolly said. ‘Nothing comparable to marijuana. Is that correct?’
Botticelli admitted that was true.
‘Alcohol hundreds of thousands of people die every year from alcohol related deaths: automobile [accidents], liver disease, esophageal cancer, blood poisoning,’ Connolly continued. ‘Is that incorrect?’
But Botticelli refused to answer. Guessing where the line of questioning was headed, he said the ‘totality of harm’ associated with marijuana indicated it was a dangerous drug, even though it was not associated with deaths,” quoting Eric W. Dolan in The Raw Story.
If marijuana were legalized nationally, our jailed inmate population would be reduced and perhaps, just perhaps, police would be freed-up to really fight crime, instead of harassing the public for possessing pot that even the Deputy Drug Czar admits is not associated with deaths!
And this just out today:
– “Texas deputy dies performing no-knock, no-announce SWAT raid for marijuana”