State of Arizona Archives: on Drugs


Deedra Abboud: Let states make their own cannabis decisions

Arizona, like many states, has passed voter referendums allowing for legal medical cannabis distribution. Some states have gone further to allow access to cannabis by the adult population at large. Citizens and states have clearly mandated the desire for cannabis to be an issue better left to the discretion of each state.
Source: 2018 Arizona Senate campaign website Deedra2018.com Dec 12, 2017

Steve Farley: Treat addicted cons to reduce crime

I have been advocating for increased use of treatment programs for prisoners. Just over 900 prisoners (out of the more than 13,000 who needed it) were sent through a program last year that has been proven to reduce recidivism by more than half, saving the state money, and reducing the number of people who are victims of crime.
Source: 2018 Arizona Gubernatorial website FarleyForArizona.com Sep 1, 2017

Deedra Abboud: Leave legalization to the voter

Arizona, like many states, has passed voter referendums allowing for legal medical cannabis distribution. Some states have gone further to allow access to cannabis by the adult population at large.

Citizens and states have clearly mandated the desire for cannabis to be an issue better left to the discretion of each state.

Source: 2018 Arizona Senate campaign website Deedra2018.com Jul 17, 2017

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

Joe Arpaio: Fight drug trafficking around the world

Arpaio built a federal law enforcement career and a reputation for fighting crime and drug trafficking around the world. He began his career as a federal narcotics agent, establishing a stellar record in infiltrating drug organizations from Turkey to the Middle East to Mexico, Central, and South America to cities around the U.S. His expertise and success led him to top management positions with the U.S. DEA. He concluded his remarkable federal career as head of the DEA for Arizona.
Source: 2018 Arizona Senate campaign website www.MCSO.org Aug 26, 2016

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: Marijuana.com 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

Martha McSally: Authored bill increasing penalties for drug spotters

McSally introduced a bill to increase penalties for drug spotters operating along our border. I've seen where these spotters operate from and heard frustrations from ranchers and Border Patrol about the lack of consequences and penalties spotters face. Stricter penalties will prevent experienced spotters who are caught from quickly returning to action and deter many others from joining a criminal cartel operation, degrading their ability to circumvent our border controls."
Source: 2018 Arizona Senate campaign website mcsally.house.gov Mar 24, 2015

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