State of Maine Archives: on Drugs

Shenna Bellows: Supports marijuana legalization

Bellows is relying on wedge issues to form, as she tells TIME, an "unusual coalition of support" around civil liberties, including legalizing marijuana.

On its face, the strategy has merit. Both marijuana and privacy concerns raised by the National Security Agency scandals attract anti-Washington voters from liberals to libertarians.

Portland, Maine's largest city, legalized recreational marijuana overwhelmingly last year, but the state legislature has opposed measures to legalize, tax and regulate the drug. It has, however, allowed medical marijuana since 1999. "There is widespread support for more sensible drug-reform policy," says Bellows, who sells herself as a "daughter of a carpenter," raised without running water or electricity.

Two marijuana-advocacy groups have endorsed her--the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).

Source: Time magazine on 2014 Maine Senate race Mar 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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