Rachel Maddow gives a shout-out to CHAMP for opposing Rep. James Ramstad (R-MN/3rd) as a possible selection to be the director of national drug control policy or "drug czar" in the Obama administration. Media reports assert that Rep. James Ramstad (R-MN/3rd) may be chosen as director of national drug control policy or "drug czar". Rep. Ramstad has been a leader in expanding drug treatment access and improving addiction awareness, and has publicly triumphed over addiction in his own life. But, he has voted: * to make permanent the federal funding ban on syringe exchange, * to ban Washington DC from spending its own locally raised funds on syringe exchange programs in 2000, and * against lifting the same DC ban in 2007. In his platform, President-Elect Obama pledged to lift the funding ban on syringe exchange. Urge the transition team today to not appoint a drug czar who has voted, time and again, to block access to sterile syringes for HIV prevention.
Rachel Maddow Mentions CHAMP on World AIDS Day
By Jonathan Adams Dec 02, 2008