State of Arkansas Archives: on Drugs
Spent 5 years as US Attorney taking on drug traffickers
A 37-year-old prosecutor who has spent the past five years in the headlines for taking on drug traffickers, child pornographers and other criminals, Conner Eldridge on paper has the ideal background to mount a bid for the US Senate next year.
But that resume is easily overshadowed by the political reality of just how dramatically Arkansas has moved from a Democratic stronghold in the South to a place where Republicans dominate up and down the ballot.
Eldridge's announcement last week that he is resigning as the U.S. attorney for western Arkansas was the strongest sign yet that he's inching toward a Democratic bid to unseat Republican US Sen. John Boozman.
But he's not ready to even acknowledge that possibility. Eldridge has the fundraising ability and the profile to run as the type of centrist candidate that's won voter support in the past.
Source: Commercial Appeal on 2016 Arkansas Senate race
Aug 15, 2015
Heavier penalties for drug trade; but not for possession
Our drug statutes must put a stronger emphasis and heavier penalties on those involved with the drug trade, instead of giving equally harsh sentences to those merely arrested for mere possession or use. Previous legislatures have built a grid of
sentencing guidelines, a grid that is often manipulated or ignored to put away offenders for even longer stretches of time. Those guidelines must be more closely followed, or perhaps those jurisdictions that frequently exceed the grid should share in th
cost of incarceration with our state. My proposed budget adds more than $4 million to help accommodate the Dept. of Community Correction's anticipated larger role.
The North Little Rock Police Chief said: "We're not talking about being tough on crime,
or soft on crime; we're talking about being smart on crime." When it comes to criminal activity, we've got to make sure that the bad guys who will hurt you--the violent criminals or the career criminals--are the ones we lock away and save the beds for.
Source: 2011 Arkansas State of the State Address
Jan 11, 2011
No medical marijuana; no decriminalization
Q: Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
Q: Do you support increasing Arkansas' tax on alcohol to expand substance abuse programs?
Q: Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Source: Arkansas Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test
Nov 1, 2008
Treatment for drug use instead of incarceration
We’ll ask for drug courts to be expanded because it makes more sense to treat people with a drug problem rather than simply incarcerating them and putting them in a place where their problems are not dealt with. That’s one of our initiatives.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arkansas legislature
Jan 9, 2001