LC-DPF creates a 'Traffic' Web site to sway drug czar choice

WASHINGTON: Just days before the Academy Awards, the Lindesmith

Center-Drug Policy Foundation (LC-DPF) launched a Web site to capitalize

on the popularity of the film Traffic to pressure President Bush in his

choice for a new national Drug Czar.

The foundation has launched complete with imagery and

trivia from the movie, as well as facts about the drug war in


The site even allows users to fax a letter to Bush urging him to appoint

a director for the Office of National Drug Control Policy - a.k.a. Drug

Czar - 'with the courage and vision to lead a vigorous new debate about

compassionate, sensible alternatives to the devastating and misguided

war on drugs.'

Said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the LC-DPF, 'The basic idea

is that people were getting galvanized by Traffic, but they would come

out and say 'Well, what can I do?' So we launched this Web site.'

Nadelmann, who served as a consultant on the film and even appeared in a

scene (though it didn't make the final cut), has made appearances with

the film's producers in recent weeks on MSNBC's Rivera Live and at a

press conference in LA to promote both the campaign and his


'More and more politicians are admitting the war on drugs is a bust, but

they lack the political cover to move on it,' said Nadelmann. 'We want

to create an organization that will provide that cover.'

LC-DPF endorses the repeal of marijuana prohibition and a strategy of

'harm reduction' for drugs such as cocaine and heroin. It was created by

the recent merger of the Lindesmith Center and the Drug Policy

Foundation. Its executives are in the process of deciding on a new name.

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