Tom Vilsack on Drugs

Democratic IA Governor


$51.4 million for opioid abuse clinics in rural communities

President Obama asked me to lead an interagency effort focused on heroin and prescription opioids in rural America, a role I was humbled to accept. This issue is very personal to me. Growing up with a mother who struggled with alcohol and prescription drug addiction for much of my childhood, it wasn't until I saw her recover with treatment that I saw addiction for what it is: a disease, not a character flaw. This disease isn't a personal choice, and it can't be cured by willpower alone. It requires responses from whole communities, access to medical treatment, and an incredible amount of support.

To me, our mandate is clear: don't judge, just help. I recently announced the availability of $1.4 million through USDA's Rural Health and Safety Education grant program, which we are expanding this year to support outreach to prevent opioid abuse in rural communities. In 2013, I made a commitment to provide up to $50 million in Community Facilities funds for these types of facilities.

Source: USDA.gov press release: 2016 Veepstakes , Mar 30, 2016

Notes the revenue potential of an acre of marijuana

Former President Bill Clinton and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack may have unintentionally added themselves to the growing list of pot-supporting politicians. Vilsack said that while visiting Milwaukee, a friend showed him "greens," an acre of which could fetch $1 million. "With the exception of Colorado and a few other states that have legalized another product, there are not very many commodities that you can plant an acre of and get a million bucks" he said.
Source: 2016 Veepstakes: CNN.com, "Bill Clinton Weed" , Dec 15, 2011

Reduced supply of dangerous drugs

But leadership will require courage - the courage to change. Working together, we’ve achieved much in the past. We’ve reduced class sizes in the early grades, improving opportunities for basic skill learning. We’ve begun to make our communities safer by reducing the supply of dangerous drugs like meth.
Source: Condition of the State speech to the Legislature , Jan 9, 2001

More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War.

Vilsack adopted the National Governors Association policy:

Source: NGA policy HR-13: Combating and Controlling Substance Abuse 00-NGA2 on Aug 15, 2000

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Obama Administration:
Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:John Kerry
A.G.:Eric Holder
USDA:Tom Vilsack
DOT:Ray LaHood
HUD:Julian Castro

Former Obama Administration:
State:Hillary Clinton
DOL:Hilda Solis
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DoD:Chuck Hagel
DOI:Ken Salazar
DHS:Janet Napolitano
HHS:Kathleen Sebelius
DVA:Eric Shinseki
DoC:Gary Locke

Former Bush Administration:
State:Colin Powell
State:Condi Rice
EPA:Christie Whitman

Former Clinton Administration:
HUD:Andrew Cuomo
V.P.Al Gore
Labor:Robert Reich
A.G.:Janet Reno
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