State of Louisiana Archives: on Drugs


Thomas Clements: Marijuana is a benefit to people's health

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

A: Marijuana is a benefit to people's health. War on people with prescription marijuana’drugs’should not be a crime. It's health issues rather than crime issue.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Louisiana Senate race by OnTheIssues Jul 31, 2016

Charles Boustany: Consistently votes against marijuana reform

A number of candidates are competing to replace retiring Sen. David Vitter (R). Most notably is Rep. John Fleming (R), one of a dwindling handful of House members who consistently make a point of speaking out against marijuana law reform whenever possible.

One marijuana advocate claimed that the contest is "the only senate race that keeps me up at night" because of its potential of sending a new ardent prohibitionist to the chamber. Due to Senate rules, just one member can hold things up and cause considerable problems for reform efforts. "There are only a handful of old school reefer madness legislators willing to fight left in Congress," the advocate said. "Fleming is one of them."

Also running in the primary is Congressman Charles Boustany (R), who also consistently votes against marijuana law reform efforts but isn't nearly as vocal about it as Fleming is.

Source: Marijuana.com on 2016 Louisiana Senate race Jun 13, 2016

John Fleming: OpEd: One of few remaining "reefer madness" legislators

A number of candidates are competing to replace retiring Sen. David Vitter (R). Most notably is Rep. John Fleming (R), one of a dwindling handful of House members who consistently make a point of speaking out against marijuana law reform whenever possible.

One marijuana advocate claimed that the contest is "the only senate race that keeps me up at night" because of its potential of sending a new ardent prohibitionist to the chamber. Due to Senate rules, just one member can hold things up and cause considerable problems for reform efforts. "There are only a handful of old school reefer madness legislators willing to fight left in Congress," the advocate said. "Fleming is one of them."

Also running in the primary is Congressman Charles Boustany (R), who also consistently votes against marijuana law reform efforts but isn't nearly as vocal about it as Fleming is.

Source: Marijuana.com on 2016 Louisiana Senate race Jun 13, 2016

Jay Dardenne: Opposes legalizing marijuana

Asked two questions about marijuana, none of the major candidates said he had ever smoked marijuana, and all four opposed legalizing the drug, as other states have done.
Source: Baton Rouge Advocate on 2015 Louisiana Gubernatorial debate Oct 1, 2015

John Bel Edwards: Opposes legalizing marijuana

Asked two questions about marijuana, none of the major candidates said he had ever smoked marijuana, and all four opposed legalizing the drug, as other states have done.
Source: Baton Rouge Advocate on 2015 Louisiana Gubernatorial debate Oct 1, 2015

David Vitter: Strengthen penalties against meth and heroin dealers

As the parents of four, David and Wendy Vitter's number one priority is protecting their family. That's why keeping our streets safe and our communities drug-free isn't a cheap sound byte; its David's solid commitment. That means reforming criminal justice so we don't warehouse young, non-violent offenders with hardened criminals so that the only skills they learn are those they'll use against us.
Source: 2015 Louisiana Governor campaign website, DavidVitter.com Aug 11, 2015

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2016 Presidential contenders on Drugs:
  Republicans:
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(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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