Obama has signaled that he will appoint Seattle police chief Gil Kerlikowske to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) -- the "drug czar" (amazing how a putatively democratic society is so fond of having "czars" -- absolute, unaccountable rulers -- in charge of so many aspects of our lives). As we noted in this Register editorial, there's just a chance that he will bring a modicum of common sense rather than a strictly prohibitionist attitude complete with an eagerness to lie to defend that attitude. This is based less on what he has said than on what he has cooperated with -- a number of initiatives in Seattle, including a state medical marijuana law, a needle-exchange program, and a mandate from voters to make marijuana enforcement the police department's very lowest priority. He hasn't been an advocate but he has gone along.
We'll have a hint that he's open to a policy based more on science than superstition when he recommends that we take marijuana off Schedule I so it can be prescribed. (Full decriminalization would be better, of course, but I'll take things one miracle at a time.)