b. February 14, 1941
Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala admitted to smoking pot in college in an interview with Diane Sawyer. Later, she stood with Attorney General Janet Reno and Drug "Czar" Barry McCaffrey threatening to revoke doctors' licences for recommending medical marijuana (a successful civil challenge later backed the government off.) "Marijuana is illegal, dangerous, unhealthy and wrong," Shalala said. "It's a one-way ticket to dead-end hopes and dreams."
Pot smoking didn't seem to have hurt Shalala's ambition. After she served as president of Hunter College in New York City and in 1988, she was named chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the first woman ever to head a Big Ten school. Shalala also chaired the Children's Defense Fund before being appointed by Bill Clinton to the top H&HS post. She is now the President of the University of Miami, which is the most prestigious university in the state of Florida and also a world renown institute for scientific and medical research.
Commenting about Shalala's indefensible stance against medical marijuana, former Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders told Playboy magazine, "She has a Ph.D. in political science. That's the kind of science she practices."
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