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Mark Warner on Drugs

Democratic Jr Senator; previously Governor

 


Place decongestants behind counter to slow meth production

Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman credited Warner’s 2005 executive order that required certain over-the-counter decongestants be placed behind the counter in stores with helping to slow the production of methamphetamine in Southwest Virginia. Warner had mentioned the executive order in his speech, touting it as only one of many things he’d done to support law enforcement agencies.
Source: 2008 VA Senate debate reported in The Roanoke Times , Sep 19, 2008

Restricted meth ingredients and reduced meth labs

Recognizing that methamphetamine abuse was a growing problem in Virginia and throughout the country, Governor Warner issued an executive order requiring that ephedrine and pseudoephedrine--decongestants used in the manufacture of methamphetamines--be placed behind the counter in drugstores. His emergency action later was codified into law by the General Assembly. As a result, law enforcement officials reported a decline in the number of methamphetamine labs operating in Virginia.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, markwarner2008.com, “Issues” , Mar 9, 2008

Increase penalties for illegal drugs

Source: 1996 Congressional National Political Awareness Test , Jul 2, 1996

Rated B by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance.

Warner scores B by the NORML on drug reform

OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2016 NORML scores as follows:

About NORML (from their website, www.norml.org):

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.

NORML is a nonprofit, public-interest lobby that for more than 30 years has provided a voice for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition. We represent the interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly and believe the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana should no longer be a crime.

NORML supports the removal of all criminal penalties for the private possession & responsible use of marijuana by adults, including the cultivation for personal use, and the casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts. This model is called "decriminalization."

NORML additionally supports the development of a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers could purchase it from a safe, legal and regulated source. This model is referred to as "legalization."

NORML believes that marijuana smoking is not for kids and should only be used responsibly by adults. As with alcohol consumption, it must never be an excuse for misconduct or other bad behavior. Driving or operating heavy equipment while impaired from marijuana should be prohibited.

NORML strongly supports the right of patients to use marijuana as a medicine when their physician recommends it to relieve pain and suffering.

Lastly, NORML supports the right of farmers to commercially cultivate hemp for industrial purposes, such as food and fiber production.

Source: NORML website 16_NORML on Nov 8, 2016

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