Drug Policy

Trump Expected to Nominate Former Prosecutor Tom Marino For Drug Czar

Marino has advocated the use of "hospital-slash-prisons" for drug users.

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Pennsylvania's Tom Marino, a three-term member of the House of Representatives and a former prosecutor, will likely be Trump's nominee to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, CBS reports. More:

A source familiar with personnel moves in the White House says that Marino is in the final stages of completing his paperwork and an official announcement is forthcoming. When asked for comment, the White House said it had no personnel announcements at this time. Marino's office had no comment.

Marino, who is serving his third term representing Pennsylvania's rural 10th congressional district, was appointed to serve on the House's bipartisan committee combating the opioid epidemic in 2016 after the enactment of two bills he introduced on drug control.

Marino spent 10 years as District Attorney of Lycoming County before President George W. Bush nominated him in 2002 as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, where Marino says he prosecuted "a wide range of federal offenders, from violent criminals and drug dealers to white collar businessmen who cooked the books."

As a member of the House, he's also voted against pretty much every piece of marijuana reform legislation:

While the Trump White House declined to comment, marijuana prohibitionist Kevin Sabet told CBS News, "My understanding is that Tom has a deep understanding of the issue and is excited to get started."

Tom Angell, the most dogged reporter of marijuana policy news I know, is currently combing through Marino's record of drug policy statements. Here's a taste:

"One treatment option I have advocated for years would be placing nondealer, nonviolent drug abusers in a secured hospital-type setting under the constant care of health professionals," he wrote. "Once the person agrees to plead guilty to possession, he or she will be placed in an intensive treatment program until experts determine that they should be released under intense supervision. If this is accomplished, then the charges are dropped against that person. The charges are only filed to have an incentive for that person to enter the hospital-slash-prison, if you want to call it."

More from Angell here.

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14 responses to “Trump Expected to Nominate Former Prosecutor Tom Marino For Drug Czar

  1. Marino has advocated the use of “hospital-slash-prisons” for drug users.

    Christ, what an asshole.

    1. I was in a hospital Slash Prison once. After spending a few hours with Slash, I promised never to do drugs again.

  2. The woodchipper is too good for this man… maybe an industrial strength sink garbage disposal?

    1. You think because Preet got fired that we can make those kinds of jokes again? No, they are off the table forever, just like filling a bathrub with hydrogen fluoride.

      1. I must admit I get a chill from the federal boogeyman whenever I don’t give due reverence to the state in speech because I know he is watching, and he is petty, and with a casual sweep of his hand he may annihilate me.

  3. They can push the drug war, but they’ll lose in the end. More states will legalize and even if they try to stop it they’ll fail.

    1. The drug war = cash and promotion opportunity for state and federal agents… nobody throws away a sweet deal.

    2. I suspect that some anti-Trumpers who are neutral or negative on marijuana will vote for legalization / medicalization in state referenda just to vent their dislike of Trump, and give him a symbolic slap. Their desire to vent may also increase the number of states holding such referenda. If my suspicion is correct, things are looking up in the medium term, paradoxically. (This lose-lose move may not be mostly Trump’s, but more Pence’s, I also suspect.)

    3. They can push the drug war, but they’ll lose in the end.

      I’ll believe that when every Democrat in the House, Senate, and Supreme Court votes for oxycodone vending machines in front of Target and Whole Foods. After all, it’s a question of “bodily autonomy” like abortion- and we let 14 yr olds get them without even parental permission, let alone the Gov’t..

  4. This administration is so libertarian, it’s sickening.

  5. I wonder what would constitute intense supervision in a hospital/prison.

  6. “”””Once the person agrees to plead guilty to possession, he or she will be placed in an intensive treatment program until experts determine that they should be released under intense supervision. If this is accomplished, then the charges are dropped against that person. The charges are only filed to have an incentive for that person to enter the hospital-slash-prison, if you want to call it.””””

    I’m not convinced this guy knows how the justice system works.

    1. Sadly, I think this shows he knows exactly how it works.

    2. Other people who tried this called it “Siberia.”

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