Donald Trump on Drugs

2016 Republican nominee for President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President


Agrees with Hillary on cautious approach to legalizing pot

Crime and drugs issues clearly illustrate the four differing political viewpoints from the four candidates:On drug issues, Gov. Johnson agrees with Jill Stein with hard-core anti-drug-war and pro-marijuana-legalization stances. Hillary and Trump actually agree on these issues, sharing a cautious take-it-slow approach to legalizing marijuana and winding down the War on Drugs. For hard-core drug warriors, none of these four will do; those voters will have to turn to the Constitution Party this election cycle.
Source: Trump/Clinton/Stein/Johnson On The Issues, by Jesse Gordon , May 15, 2016

Brother died of alcoholism; so Donald never touched alcohol

For Mr. Trump, a presidential candidate whose appeal is predicated on an aura of toughness, personal achievement and perpetual success, the story of his brother Freddy, a handsome, gregarious and self-destructive figure who died as an alcoholic in 1981 at the age of 43, is bleak and seldom told.

In a telephone interview last week, Mr. Trump said he had learned by watching his brother how bad choices could drag down even those who seemed destined to rise. Seeing his brother suffering led him to avoid ever trying alcohol or cigarettes, he said.

In the upwardly mobile Trump family, Donald was the second and favorite son. Freddy was the disappointment, who lacked the killer instinct and drifted so far from his father's ambitions that his children were largely cut out of the patriarch's will.

Asked whether Freddy's experience in the family business, which friends described as miserable, contributed to the drinking that ultimately killed him, Mr. Trump said: "I hope not. I hope not."

Source: N. Y. Times coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jan 3, 2016

Study legalization, but don't legalize now

Q: A lot of talk about addiction on the campaign trail lately, especially up in New Hampshire. You used to think that legalization, taking the profit out, would solve that problem. What changed your mind?

TRUMP: Well, I did not think about it, I said it's something that should be studied and maybe should continue to be studied. But it's not something I'd be willing to do right now. I think it's something that I've always said maybe it has to be looked at because we do such a poor job of policing. We don't want to build walls. We don't want to do anything. And if you're not going to want to do the policing, you're going to have to start thinking about other alternatives. But it's not something that I would want to do.

Source: ABC This Week 2015 interview by Martha Raddatz , Nov 8, 2015

Yes to medical marijuana; otherwise, decide state by state

In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state. Marijuana is such a big thing. I think medical should. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states. And of course you have Colorado. There's a question as to how it's all working out there, you know? That's not going exactly trouble-free.
Source: Washington Post 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Oct 29, 2015

1990: Drug enforcement is a joke; 2015: only medical pot

The GOP front-runner's position has changed over the years. In 1990, he was quoted in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune as saying that US drug enforcement efforts were "a joke" and that drugs should be legalized to "take the profit away from these drug czars." Fast-forward 25 years and now Trump is opposed to legalization. "I say it's bad," he told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in June, in response to a question about Colorado's legal weed. "Medical marijuana is another thing, but I think [recreational marijuana] it's bad. And I feel strongly about that." But what about states' rights? "If they vote for it, they vote for it. But they've got a lot of problems going on right now, in Colorado. Some big problems. But I think medical marijuana, 100 percent."
Source: Mother Jones 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Oct 28, 2015

1991: Illicit drugs should be decriminalized

[In 1991], Trump traveled to Capitol Hill to tell a congressional committee that he thought they should raise taxes on the rich. Reagan tax cuts should be abandoned, he said; a top rate of 50% or 60% would be better for the country.

Coupled with a previous statement suggesting that illicit drugs should be decriminalized, Trump's tax comments placed him left of center on the political spectrum, but they gained him little press coverage.

Source: Never Enough, by Michael D'Antonio, p. 222 , Sep 22, 2015

Legalize drugs and use tax revenue to fund drug education

Trump argued in 1990 that the only way to win the War on Drugs was to legalize drugs and use the tax revenue to fund drug education programs. As he put it, "You have to take the profit away from these drug czars." In his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, he stated that he'd never tried drugs "of any kind."
Source: Tim Murphy in Mother Jones magazine , Apr 20, 2011

Never drinks, smokes, nor does drugs

Donald Trump's Brother's Death and How it Affected His Life: He has had some hard life lessons like when his brother died from extreme alcoholism. He told Donald Trump repeatedly not to drink or smoke. Trump lived by those words because his brother had taught him so much, and he had looked up to him. To this day, he has never drank alcohol, smoked or done drugs. Perhaps, that is what makes Donald Trump who he is, unwavering discipline.
Source: Piers Morgan interview by Georgina Bourdeau , Feb 9, 2011

Gave second chance to Miss USA who got caught with drugs

Recently, Miss USA, Tara Conner, broke pageant rules by using drugs and alcohol in excess publicly in New York City. I do not tolerate or condone that kind of out-of-control behavior in someone representing Miss USA. I do believe in giving second chances

I set up a meeting with her, and I had every intention of stripping her of her title. After talking to her, I realized the right thing to do in her case was to pardon her and give her a second chance. As you may know, this decision caused a media frenzy.

Tara is willing to learn from her mistake and not let it happen again. I decided it was better to give her a second chance than to destroy her career and ruin her chances in life. She finished her reign and continues to support the goals of Miss USA completely.

She agreed to go to rehab and is now doing fine. She thanked me for "saving her life."

Source: Think Big, by Donald Trump, p.162-3 & 187 , Sep 8, 2008

Fired Miss USA crown winner due to drug over-indulgence

Miss USA Tara Conner--who hits the legal drinking age of 21 today--has been exposed as a hard-partying habitu‚ of Big Apple clubs, where sources say she has worked her way through a long line of men while indulging an appetite for cocaine.

But oddly enough, Donald Trump doesn't seem to think that Tara Conner's drug-craze sits too well with how Miss USA is supposed to behave, and it looks like there's every chance that he's going to go medieval on her: " We have hundreds of thousands of young women around the world who look up to Miss USA and Miss Universe, and it's really important to set a high standard. There's no question that she's a party girl."

It's expected that tomorrow Donald Trump will decide if Tara Conner--who's hiding out at home in Kentucky with her parents--will be able to keep her Miss USA crown or whether it'll be passed on to someone more suitable. [Trump fired Miss Conner].

Source: New York Post , Dec 18, 2006

Never touched drugs, nor alcohol, tobacco, or coffee

I’ve never taken drugs of any kind, never had a glass of alcohol. Never had a cigarette, never had a cup of coffee.
Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p. 24-25 , Jul 2, 2000

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