The teleconference followed the release of three letters: one addressed to President Barack Obama from five former ONDCP Directors; and two addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. from former DEA Administrators and the current presidents of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA).
Each letter expressed concern about ballot initiatives that would legalize the production, possession, and sale of marijuana in three states: Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. As the November elections approach, the letters urge the Obama Administration to voice its opposition to these proposed amendments and to marijuana legalization in general.
Dr. Rosenthal spoke as a distinguished leader in the substance abuse treatment field for more than four decades. “At Phoenix House, the overwhelming majority of adolescents in long-term residential treatment have used no drug more potent than pot,” he said. “And, for many of these kids, the course of their lives has been permanently, sometimes tragically altered by their drug use. That’s why I am unequivocally opposed to legalization.”
Speakers also included former ONDCP Directors Bill Bennett and John Walters, and Robert L. DuPont, M.D., founding Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and President of the Institute for Behavior and Health. The conference moderator was former DEA Administrator Peter Bensinger.
We are grateful to Dr. Rosenthal for representing the treatment and recovery community on this important issue. Click here to read more about Phoenix House’s position on marijuana legalization.