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Clinton Changes on ONDCP Welcomed by Drug Policy Specialists


March 1993

A move by President Bill Clinton to downsize the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) while elevating the directorship of the office to Cabinet level won praise from drug policy specialists inside and outside the government (Joseph Treaster, "Experts Welcome Clinton's Move on Drug Policy Office," The New York Times, 2/10/93, A20).

Representative John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and Representative Charles Schumer (D-New York) lauded the move. Elevating the directorship to Cabinet level fulfilled the original intent of Congress, said Conyers. And Harvard University drug policy expert Mark Kleiman commented that "It sounds perfect. Fewer people and more authority."