Weed Watch: ONDCP won't take a hit
In other news, the drug war took a decidedly recreational turn last week when the nation's drug czar declined to hit a few softballs his press conference specialty with his drug reformer counterparts. For years the nation's drug war agency, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, has declined to debate drug policy with any reform groups, despite numerous challenges to do so. The stalemate took a twist last week when drug czar John Walters' ONDCP softball team We Czar the Champions removed from its schedule a June 8 game against the NORML-sponsored team, the One Hitters, made up of players from a host of D.C.-based drug policy reform groups. On May 17, the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reported that the ONDCP removed the game from its roster because the office couldn't come up with enough players still, the paper noted that the czar's team didn't have any trouble finding players for any of its other games. The reformers offered to reschedule any day, any time but the czar's team declined, claiming "they couldn't find the time." ONDCP spokesman Tom Riley first told Roll Call the cancellation was the result of a player shortage, then reversed his position, saying it was in fact a policy-related decision. "I wouldn't think we would play any team that promotes drug use," he told the paper. "That includes teams that promote smoking meth or smoking crack."