State of Arizona Archives: on Drugs

Doug Ducey: Drug addiction is an epidemic plaguing our entire country

Many of our citizens have found themselves struggling because of an epidemic plaguing our entire country--drug addiction. It's a problem that knows no bounds. It effects men and women; young and old; rich and poor.

We've started to address it in a serious way. Cracking down on doc shopping. Providing better treatment options. Limiting first fills on opioids.

We also need to make sure a second chance actually is a second chance. Vivitrol has been called a "Miracle Drug"--blocking heroin and painkiller addictions, even alcoholism, and allowing millions of Americans to gain their lives back. This morning I signed an Executive Order so that people leaving our prison system have the opportunity to be treated with this blocker, to maximize their success of never ever going back. Chances are addiction, in some form, has touched the lives of everyone here today.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Arizona Legislature Jan 9, 2017

Ann Kirkpatrick: Protect state marijuana laws from federal interference

Incumbent Sen. John McCain (R) hasn't taken action to advance marijuana policy reform, though he did say at one point in response to a voter's question that, "Maybe we should legalize. We're certainly moving that way as far as marijuana is concerned."

Democratic opponent Ann Kirkpatrick, on the other hand, voted on at least two occasions for amendments to protect state medical marijuana laws from federal interference. She also voted for a broader amendment to prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with any state marijuana laws, including ones that legalize recreational use. However, she also sponsored two versions of legislation to prevent people from using or withdrawing food stamp benefits at marijuana dispensaries.

Source: on 2016 Arizona Senate race Jun 13, 2016

Doug Ducey: Ramp up border patrol to end drug importation

In September, we created the Border Strike Force Bureau, a partnership between local, state and federal law enforcement that's providing a force multiplier in the fight against drug cartels and border crime.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Arizona legislature Jan 11, 2016

Fred DuVal: Follow the will of the voters on recreational marijuana use

Q: If the public votes to support recreational marijuana use--as Governor, will you?

A: Colorado and Washington have given the rest of the country an opportunity to see how the experiment with legalized recreational marijuana use works. As governor, if the public votes to support recreational marijuana use, I'll follow the will of the voters, but make sure that it is implemented responsibly in order to protect children and public safety.

Source: KSAZ Fox 10 Phoenix on 2014 Arizona governor race Jul 28, 2014

Kyrsten Sinema: Decriminalize marijuana possession