Dan Kilo reports:
Barr was the Anti-Drug Coordinator for the Department of Justice and he was a member of the Speaker’s Task Force for a Drug-Free America that sought to “win the War on Drugs by 2002” with World War II like tactics.
It seems that throughout his 50s, Barr still can’t decide what he wants to be when he grows up. When he was 50, Barr got his anti-marijuana Barr Amendment passed. At age 51, the ACLU sued to overturn the Barr Amendment but he just tacked another Barr Amendment on to another bill that same year. This amendment preemptively blocked future attempts by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) to reform marijuana laws in DC using the initiative process—a 1st amendment right. At age 53, a federal judge struck down this portion of the Barr Amendment and Barr responded: “Clearly, the court today has ignored the constitutional right and responsibility of Congress to pass laws protecting citizens from dangerous and addictive narcotics, and the right of Congress to exert legislative control over the District of Columbia as the nation’s capital.” Still, at the age of 53, Barr makes the statement: “There is no legitimate use whatsoever for marijuana. This is not medicine. This is bogus witchcraft. It has no place in medicine, no place in pain relief. . . .”
Notice that Barr’s recent statements about how he was “wrong” about the drug war do not mention, in any way, that he is in favor of ending it.