Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske declared on Wednesday that legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington State wouldn’t change the Obama administration's intent to combat illegal drug use with a renewed emphasis on treatment. However, Kerlikowske was nebulous when it came to actually delineating a policy of enforcing federal drug laws in the face of the new phenomenon of legal pot. 

When Kerlikowske was probed about the feds’ response to legal recreational pot in the pioneering pair of states, the Drug Czar was evasive: "The legal issue of Washington and Colorado is really a question you have to go back to the Department of Justice." Kerlikowske is the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The DOJ, lead by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, has yet to outline their official plan of attack regarding Washington and Colorado, as federal law prohibits any and all marijuana use. Just last week Republicans pressured Holder to make a decision on legal "party pot.” 

Kerlikowske made his public comments while appearing at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he was on hand to mark the official release of the Obama administration’s 2013 strategy for combating drug addiction.  

While it is certainly a positive sign that greater emphasis will be placed on drug treatment rather than incarceration, Kerlikowske’s attempt to include marijuana as an addictive drug requiring treatment in the same manner as prescription drugs, cocaine, and heroin reveals the Drug Czar to be either lying or shamefully ignorant on the subject of cannabis.

When it comes to the federal government and pot prohibition, it seems to be a little of both. 

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