Former drug czar Walters to speak on marijuana legalization

by Michael O. Garvey

John Walters Hudson Institute

John P. Walters, former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will give a lecture titled “Pot: Hot or Not? The Young, American Democracy and the Drug Problem” Sept. 25 (Thursday) at 7 p.m. in DeBartolo Hall Room 129, on the University of Notre Dame campus.

Now executive vice president of the Hudson Institute, Walters served as former President George W. Bush’s drug czar from 2001 to 2009, overseeing all aspects of federal drug control programs and spending. An outspoken opponent of marijuana legalization, he has argued that there is a nationwide drug problem which particularly affects young people but which is not insurmountable in a democracy.

Free and open to the public, the lecture is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture and the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies.

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