White House responds to marijuana legalization petition
Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the White Houseâ€™s Office of National Drug Control Policy, responded Friday to an extremely popular marijuana legalization petition on the White Houseâ€™s â€œWe the Peopleâ€ site.
He responded to the petition by stating that the legalization of marijuana would not resolve the problems associated with drug use.
â€œWhen the President took office, he directed all of his policymakers to develop policies based on science and research, not ideology or politics,â€ Kerlikowske said. â€œSo our concern about marijuana is based on what the science tells us about the drugâ€™s effects.â€