Last week, the White House’s drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, made news by blaming an increase in teen marijuana use on medical marjuana laws, saying that the laws send the “wrong message” to teens. We helped make sure that Brown University SSDP chapter activist Rebecca McGoldrick was quoted in a USA Today article countering Kerlikowske’s outrageous claim, where she noted her own pain and nausea from fibromyalgia.
“Most of my friends are still unaware of its legal status as a medicine,” said McGoldrick, who is involved with Students for Sensible Drug Policy, which advocates decriminalization of drug use. The legal status didn’t influence whether they smoked marijuana, she said. “I have plenty of friends who choose to use it and plenty who don’t choose to,” she said. “I think it’s an alternative to alcohol for some people.”Thanks to Rebecca for speaking truth to power — way to go! Stay tuned later in the week for video footage of SSDP staff confronting the White House drug czar last week at the National Press Club. Back to top