John Walters, Director of the US Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) at the time of the quote, stated in an Apr. 21, 2006 press release:

“Too many of our citizens suffer from pain and chronic illnesses. Smoking illegal drugs may make some people ‘feel better.’ However, civilized societies and modern day medical practices differentiate between inebriation and the safe, supervised delivery of proven medicine by legitimate doctors.”

Apr. 21, 2006