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Claire McCaskill on Drugs

Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor

 


Early advocate of drug courts

Q: What drives you? What's the source of your energy?

A: I was part of the initial drug court movement and I watched drug courts go from a good idea to literally a worldwide phenom that changed drug treatment in this country. You know, that's extraordinarily special that you have a chance to be part of something like that. And it gets you all jazzed for the next great big moment of finding the good idea that can help people.

Source: Make A Woman President?, by Marianne Schnall, p.136 , Nov 5, 2013

National leader in the war on meth

Claire was the first woman ever to be elected Jackson County Prosecutor. During her term, she put more criminals behind bars than any other Missouri prosecutor; established a special Domestic Violence Unit to combat domestic violence and child abuse; was recognized nationally as a leader in the war on meth; and created one of America’s first Drug Courts.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website ClaireOnline.com “About Claire” , Dec 25, 2005

Rated C by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform.

McCaskill scores C 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

Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use.

McCaskill co-sponsored requiring chemical resellers to certify against meth use

Sen. FEINSTEIN: This act is designed to address problems that the Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA, has identified in the implementation of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005. The bill that I introduce today would:

The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act that we passed last year has been a resounding success. The number of methamphetamine labs in the United States has declined dramatically now that the ingredients used to make methamphetamine are harder to get. Fewer meth labs means more than just less illegal drug production. In 2003, 3,663 children were reported exposed to toxic meth labs nationwide--but so far this year, the number of exposed children is only 319.

This is a common-sense bill, designed to strengthen the implementation of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act. This bill would create incentives to ensure that the self-certification process of the law is made both effective and enforceable. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.

Source: Combat Methamphetamine Enhancement Act (S.2071) 2007-S2071 on Sep 19, 2007

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