Regards toward a safe Marijuana Policy

Dear Mr. Shaw:

Thank you for contacting me regarding your concerns about the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). I appreciate hearing from you and would like to respond to your concerns.

The production, sale, and consumption of illicit drugs pose a serious threat to the well being of our nation. In addition to causing significant social and health problems, drugs contribute directly to crime levels in our communities. For these reasons, the ONDCP must work efficiently and effectively to combat the flow of illegal drugs into our country and engage in preventative efforts to reduce illegal drug use among Americans.

ONDCP was created in 1988 to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the Nation’s drug control program. This office is charged with creating and implementing these programs to reduce the prevalence of illicit drugs in our society. I appreciate you sharing your concerns about the Office of National Drug Control Policy with me. I believe that ONDCP is a critical component in our war on drugs; however, I will be sure to keep your concerns in mind as we proceed in the 110th Congress.

Again, thank you for sharing your views with me. If you have any additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. In addition, for more information about issues and activities important to Florida, please sign up for my weekly newsletter at http://martinez.senate.gov.

Sincerely,

Mel Martinez
United States Senator

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