Martin O`Malley on Drugs



Opioid addiction crisis comes from over-prescribing

I expanded drug treatment funding within our city and then I expanded it in our state, and we were saving lives doing the things that work, intervening earlier, understanding the care that's required until we got hit with this opioid addiction, the over-prescribing. I have put forward $12 billion federal investment. We have to invest in local partnerships, and the best place to intervene is at the hospital.
Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. , Dec 19, 2015

Executive Order to address this heroin epidemic

Throughout our state, I hear the devastating stories from our families and friends who hurt from the devastation heroin has wreaked on our communities. From our smallest town to our biggest city, it has become an epidemic, and it is destroying lives. I have tasked Lt. Governor Rutherford with bringing together all of the stakeholders in order to come up with a plan to tackle this emergency. Later this month, we will execute an executive order to address this heroin epidemic.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Maryland Legislature , Feb 4, 2015

Proportionality in marijuana arrests, but not legalization

Q: You've said that you're opposed to the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Why?

O'MALLEY: I'm opposed to it for a number of reasons. In our state, I actually have signed legislation that allows police officers to issue citations instead of arrests. We've made a mandatory stay and a right of appeal to anybody that's subjected to any sort of incarceration. So I think there is something to be said for the proportionality. And I do think that all of that is important. There are fewer people incarcerated in Maryland today than when I was elected. But for a number of reasons--one of them is purely economic. In our state, a lot of the new opportunities that are opening up for our kids in security and cyber security and other things, they require a background check and they require that kids have clean records--

Q: But if you legalized it, there wouldn't be a record.

O'MALLEY: Yes, but we can't do that as a state. That would be something only the nation could do.

Source: CNN SOTU 2014 interview series: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jan 12, 2014

Let Colorado experiment with legalization, not Maryland

Q: Would you legalize marijuana in Maryland?

O'MALLEY: We can't do that as a state. That would be something only the nation could do.

Q: Well, Colorado has legalized--

O'MALLEY: Yes, Colorado has. And for Colorado perhaps that's a good choice and perhaps there's things we can learn from their experiment as a laboratory in democracy. From Maryland's standpoint, I spend a lot of time in middle schools telling kids to keep a clean record so that they can get a good job and help their families.

Source: CNN SOTU 2014 interview series: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jan 12, 2014

Baltimore recovered from open-air drug markets

In a speech to New Hampshire Democrats on Saturday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) compared the distressed mind-set of Baltimore when he took over as mayor in 1999 to that of the nation today.

O'Malley told a crowd of close to 1,000 party activists here that the city he sought to lead had succumbed to a "culture of failure," with open-air drug markets, a soaring murder count and citizens "wallowing in a sense that nothing would work."

"Like in Baltimore in 1999, we as Americans are going through a cynical time of disbelief, a time with more excuses and ideology than cooperation or action," O'Malley said in his keynote address at the annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner. "We seem to have lost the shared conviction we once had that we actually have the ability to make things better together. There is a big difference between the America we carry in our hearts, and the America we see in our headlines."

Source: Washington Post on 2014 Maryland gubernatorial race , Nov 17, 2013

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