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Lincoln Chafee on Drugs

Independent RI Governor; previously Republican Senator (1999-2007)


I doubt our culture would allow legalizing hard drugs

In 2002, in Uruguay, I met with President Jorge Batlle, who insisted that our decades-old battle against the narcotics trade was not working. He praised our efforts but urged us to consider legalizing drugs instead.

President Batlle advocated the libertarian approach: legalize drugs to reduce their street value and put the cartels out of business, then regulate and tax those drugs as we do tobacco and alcohol. I doubt that our culture would allow that. Most Americans do not want heroin and crack cocaine sold on store shelves as if they were no more addictive or dangerous than cigarettes and alcohol.

We will probably have this debate in the US, but not because Latin America is having it. The debate will come when we can no longer avoid confronting the destabilizing heroin trade in Afghanistan.

At some point we will have to acknowledge that our new democratic ally in the war on terror is on the opposite side in our war on drugs.

Source: Against the Tide, by Sen. Lincoln Chafee, p.194-195 , Apr 1, 2008

Discuss implementation of "Plan Colombia"

The Congress recently approved President Clinton’s $1.3 billion aid request to fund “Plan Colombia,” which is aimed at promoting stability in the strategically important nation. On February 25th, Chafee -- Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Narcotics and Terrorism -- convened a hearing to discuss the wisdom of Clinton’s request. Chafee will use the one-day trip to Cartagena, to discuss the prospects and implementation of “Plan Colombia”.
Source: Press Release, “Plan Colombia”, August 29, 2000 , Sep 19, 2000

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Donald Carcieri
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