State of Maine Archives: on Drugs


Paul LePage: We are losing War on Drugs; more enforcement & prosecution

We must confront a troubling epidemic. It is tearing at the social fabric of our communities. We are losing the war on drugs.

Over 20% of the homicides in 2012 were related to illegal drugs. We must address the problem of drug addiction and drug trafficking. We must act now.

We need to fully fund the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Our police chiefs tell us local law enforcement officials need more resources to fight the drug problem in our state.

My proposal adds four new special drug prosecutors and four new judges to sit in enhanced drug courts in Presque Isle, Bangor, Lewiston and Portland. Since local agencies do not have the manpower or resources they need to fight Maine's drug problem, we will add 14 MDEA agent positions.

We must hunt down dealers and get them off the streets. We must protect our citizens from drug-related crimes and violence.

Source: 2014 State of the State speech to Maine legislature Feb 4, 2014

Paul LePage: Mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients

Our welfare reform also includes mandatory drug testing of program participants convicted of drug offenses. If we are serious about helping people move to independence and work, we must address the barriers caused by addiction. Otherwise, we are spinning our wheels and squandering state resources.
Source: Maine 2011 State of the State Address Feb 10, 2011

Charlie Summers: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs

Source: Maine Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Susan Collins: Provide prison inmates with drug addiction treatment

Source: Maine Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 18, 2008

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Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Andrew Cuomo(NY)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel(IL)
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Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
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Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
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