State of Alabama Archives: on Drugs

Doug Jones: Legalization for medical and recreational use

Doug Jones has spoken openly about his stance on medical cannabis. He completely supports the use and legalization of medical cannabis. He is also a supporter of the decriminalization of cannabis because he knows the criminal justice system must get out of the business of locking up non-violent cannabis users.
Source: Chicago Now on 2017 Alabama Senate race Oct 23, 2017

Chris Countryman: Okay medical marijuana and study full legalization

In favor of decriminalizing marijuana for medical use under the close supervision of a doctor. State would control production, distribution, and taxing of medical marijuana. Individuals growing marijuana for private use would still be a violation of the law. In favor of studying recreational legalization of marijuana, including researching equipment that can tell if someone is under the influence of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle.
Source: 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial website RethinkAlabama1 Sep 1, 2017

Luther Strange: Against medical marijuana

"Like any medical procedure or pharmaceutical, there is a scientific research process to go through in order to ensure that medical treatments are safe and do not cause more harm than good," Strange said. "As state attorney general, I saw firsthand the negative impact that abuse of even legal drugs such as opioids have on our communities."
Source: Decatur Daily coverage of 2017 Alabama Senate race Jul 23, 2017

David Carrington: Education will lower drug use & need for Medicaid

Carrington was asked about the state's two primary funding issues--Medicaid and the prison system. For both issues, Carrington said the answer was simple--education. "When I talk to a company, they say they're looking for workers who have a high-school degree, can pass a drug test and will show up for work," he said. He explained that if more Alabamians are educated, their chances at a better quality of life increase and thereby reduce crime rates and reliance on social services like Medicaid.
Source: Athens News Courier on 2018 Alabama gubernatorial race May 11, 2017

Robert Bentley: Fight opioid addiction and fight drug abuse

We are taking bold steps to protect the people of our state from one of the greatest and deadliest attacks in our nation's history. It doesn't come from a foreign enemy, the deaths are not the result of an unknown killer, the weapons are not advanced missiles, assault rifles or even bombs. Opioid painkillers have fueled one of the deadliest drug epidemics in our nation's history, killing 78 people every day.

Over-prescribing painkillers has led to a steady increase in drug-related deaths over the last 15 years. Alabama is the highest painkiller prescribing state in the nation and nonmedical use of pain relievers in Alabama exceeds the national average. This is unacceptable.

That is why in 2016 I joined 45 other Governors in signing the Compact to Fight Opioid Addiction. In 2012 and 2013 the Legislature passed, and I signed into law several bills needed to fight drug abuse and in particular, opioid abuse.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Alabama Legislature Feb 7, 2016

Marcus Bowman: Marijuana should be a local issue

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, "Marijuana is a gateway drug "

A: This can be a local issue.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 21, 2016

Ron Crumpton: Sensible approach to marijuana instead of prohibition

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Marijuana is a gateway drug"?

A: Strongly opposes. Sensible approach to marijuana policy instead of prohibition.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 26, 2015

Ron Crumpton: Sensible approach to marijuana policy instead of prohibition

Current marijuana policy in Alabama, and across America, lacks reason, intelligence and sanity. It creates criminal empires, puts our children in unnecessary danger and clogs our courts and prisons with people who would be considered normal productive members of society, but because they choose to use marijuana as opposed to alcohol, they are considered criminal. These are just some of the problems that prohibition creates, but a sensible approach to marijuana policy would solve those problems and many of the other problems that currently plague our state.

I believe it is time to remove marijuana from schedule I and place it among the group of schedule V drugs that can be sold over-the-counter pursuant to age verification. Doing this will allow the states to tax and regulate marijuana as they see fit. This will create a much needed revenue stream for states across the country.

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website Jul 23, 2015

Ron Crumpton: Allow farmers to grow hemp: ecologically friendly cash crop

It is important that we provide Alabama farmers with the means to be successful, but with the push for renewable energies and green technologies the future of the Alabama Farmer includes the production of usable fiber. Once elected, I will sponsor legislation that will allow farmers to grow hemp to be used in the production of textiles, biofuels & other beneficial products, giving them a viable cash crop that is less expensive to produce and more ecologically friendly than other crops.

Hemp had been a part of our history dating back to Washington and Jefferson, who both grew hemp. The production of hemp was halted in the US with passage of the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937.

Hemp can be grown organically. Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis, and can be used for every quality of paper. Eco-friendly hemp can replace most toxic petrochemical products. This will allow the Alabama Farmer to move into the future and insure a healthy farm economy for all Alabamians.

Source: editorial by Ron Crumpton on 2016 Alabama Senate race Apr 16, 2015

Robert Bentley: Strengthen penalties for drug-related crimes

Source: Alabama 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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2016 Presidential contenders on Drugs:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich