George Pataki on Drugs

Republican NY Governor


Let's see what happens in Colorado with legalization

Colorado voters in 2012 resoundingly approved a proposal legalizing recreational use of marijuana by adults. Some candidates say the federal government should crack down in states that have legalized adult possession. Other hopefuls say let the states experiment. Former New York Gov. George Pataki said in 2014: "I am not in favor of legalizing marijuana, but having said that I am a great believer that states are the laboratory of democracy." He added: "Let's see what happens" in Colorado.
Source: PolitiFact Texas fact-checking on 2016 presidential hopefuls , Oct 28, 2015

Let each state decide marijuana legalization

On marijuana, Pataki would let the states decide, but would not legalize nationally, for now.

Pataki is a strong state's rights supporter when it comes to marijuana legalization. During an interview with Bloomberg News, Pataki said states like Colorado should be the testing ground to see if legalization works. Last month, Pataki repeated his support for state-by-state legalization but said there should be tough regulations to ensure children cannot purchase marijuana or marijuana edibles.

Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , May 28, 2015

OK to legalize if we can contain addiction and kids' access

I would not be adverse to changing the law if we could guarantee there was no spillover to, three things actually--no spillover to adjacent states, protection for minorities that are ironclad, and the third is there's no increase in dependency as a result of that. If all of a sudden we see the state that legalizes it is resulting in much higher dependency costs that the federal government has to pay for, I think the federal government has the right to say you can't do that.
Source: HughHewitt.com 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Apr 23, 2015

More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War.

Pataki 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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