Under the Trump administration things seem to get wackier every day. Rather than moving forward, outdated policies are being pushed from White House officials. From cannabis to immigration policy and everything in between, Washington in 2018 isn’t exactly what many people expected it would be.
After the latest move by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind the Cole Memo, it seems like anything’s possible. Most recently, top level adviser to Sessions, Robert DuPont, just upped the ante by making it clear he wants doctors across the nation to drug test all their patients. Not only that, he also wants people suspected of addiction to be forced into treatment.
In the 1970s, Dupont (81) reportedly advocated for the decriminalization of cannabis. He then became the drug czar under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He was also the first director for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). By 1978, DuPont’s views of cannabis decriminalization had taken a different turn.
It was this year he told the Washington Post that he believed marijuana would have a “horrendous” impact on society. Dupont went on to say, “I get a very sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when I hear talk about marijuana being safe.”
It was Dupont that popularized the myth that marijuana is a “gateway drug” and is regarded amongst the powers-that-be as a marijuana policy expert. Never mind that he stands firmly opposed to medical marijuana.
In a 2004 testimony to the House Committee on Government Reform, Dupont said, “The concept of ‘medical marijuana’ is ironic because smoked marijuana is the cause of many serious health problems, and is the solution to none.”
Dupont went on to add, “More people need to see ‘medical marijuana’ for what it is: a cynical fraud and cruel hoax…Legitimizing smoked marijuana as a ‘medicine’ is a serious threat to the health and safety of all Americans.”
Last year, Dupont urged for expanded drug testing. Part of his plan includes having physicians force patients they suspect of substance abuse problems to submit to drug tests or extensive stays in treatment facilities.
Dupont also reported his desire for drug screens to be routine in all medicine. “Doctors already test for things like blood sugar and cholesterol, why not test for illicit drugs? Right now the public thinks that if we provide treatment the addicts will come and get well…that’s not true. So let’s use the leverage of the criminal justice system.”
Another part of Dupont’s plan comes in the form of a national model bill he helped write in 2010. The bill calls upon all police officers to test anyone stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence for all controlled substances, and arresting them immediately if even a trace amount shows up, regardless of the amount.