The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security said that marijuana is “not a factor” in the War on Drugs—and that efforts to lower drug use would be more effective if they applied a “comprehensive drug demand reduction program,” instead of arresting users.
Speaking Sunday on Meet the Press, DHS Secretary John Kelly was asked whether marijuana legalization undermined national security. He replied that marijuana is not a major factor, but that DHS is focused on three types of drugs believed to be causing the most harm in the United States.
“Methamphetamine. Almost all produced in Mexico. Heroin. Virtually all produced in Mexico. And cocaine that comes up from further south,” he said.
Kelly said that the United States needs to decrease demand for drugs,