State of Florida Archives: on Drugs


Rick Scott: Drug courts & alternatives to incarceration

I support the death penalty for heinous crimes and alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders --such as drug courts.
Source: Florida Gubernatorial 2010 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 3, 2010

Al Franken: Admitted drug use during days as TV comedian

In June 2007, Franken was punched by a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about his drug use during his time on Saturday Night Live. The article was triggered by a 5-paragraph item on a Star Tribune political gossip blog called "The Big Question."

The next day, that Star Tribune blog post developed into a full-blown story in the newspaper bearing the headline, "Candidates' Past Use of Illegal Substances Surfaces." It devoted more words to Franken's admitted drug use during his Saturday Night Live years than to Coleman's inhaling, [including] rehashed information to which Franken had years ago admitted, including cocaine and LSD use. How did that happen?

Star Tribune editors gulped, felt pressured to re-craft the web post into a "balanced" 15-paragraph story that incorporated historical information about Franken, with bows to Coleman's smoking past and Mike Ciresi's pot dabbling.

Source: This Is Not Florida, by Jay Weiner, p. 69 Sep 16, 2010

Al Franken: Wrote two movies about drug addiction and its horrors

The Minneapolis Star Tribune [wrote a 2007 article series about Franken's] drug use during his time on Saturday Night Live, [including] rehashed information to which Franken had years ago admitted, including cocaine and LSD use. How did that happen?

Star Tribune editors re-crafted the web post into a "balanced" 15-paragraph story that incorporated historical information about Franken, with bows to Coleman's smoking past and Mike Ciresi's pot dabbling.

No mention was made that since his SNL days, where drug use was rampant among cast and crew, Franken had written two movies about addiction and its horrors. His wife, Franni, had struggled with alcoholism. Drugs were no longer a laughing matter to Franken.

Source: This Is Not Florida, by Jay Weiner, p. 69-70 Sep 16, 2010

Mike Ciresi: 2007: acknowledged past marijuana dabbling

In June 2007, Al Franken was punched by a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about his drug use during his time on Saturday Night Live. The article was triggered by a 5-paragraph item on a Star Tribune political gossip blog called "The Big Question." A full-blown story in the newspaper bore the headline, "Candidates' Past Use of Illegal Substances Surfaces." It devoted more words to Franken's admitted drug use during his Saturday Night Live years than to Coleman's inhaling, [including] rehashed information to which Franken had years ago admitted, including cocaine and LSD use. How did that happen?

Star Tribune editors gulped, felt pressured to re-craft the web post into a "balanced" 15-paragraph story that incorporated historical information about Franken, with bows to Coleman's smoking past and Mike Ciresi's pot dabbling.

Source: This Is Not Florida, by Jay Weiner, p. 69-70 Sep 16, 2010

Norm Coleman: Opposed to legalizing marijuana despite past usage

In June 2007, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that a former college pal of Coleman's at New York's Hofstra University posted an open letter on a pro-marijuana website detailing Coleman's pot smoking while in college in the 1960's. The letter writer, a marijuana rights activist, challenged Coleman's 21st-century position as a senator opposed to legalizing marijuana. Coleman's hippie past as a rock music roadie had been chronicled, and a joint here or there didn't prevent him from running for other public offices or working for the Minnesota attorney general's office for 15 years.

The next day, the Star Tribune headlined, "Candidates' Past Use of Illegal Substances Surfaces." It devoted more words to Franken's admitted drug use during his Saturday Night Live years than to Coleman's inhaling.

How did that happen? Star Tribune editors felt pressured to re-craft a "balanced" story that incorporated historical information about Franken, with bows to Coleman's smoking past.

Source: This Is Not Florida, by Jay Weiner, p. 69-70 Sep 16, 2010

Alexander Snitker: No mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs

Q: Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?

A: No.

Q: Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders<

Source: Florida Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Aug 11, 2010

Bernard DeCastro: Convicted of drug related crimes & pardoned after 10 years

His past is [not] perfect, but he has turned it around for the better. Bernie was convicted of drug related crimes; however, after ten years of being on parole, he was issued a full pardon by then Florida Governor, Lawton Chiles.
Source: Florida 9/12 Candidate survey, 912candidates.org Jun 30, 2009

Jeb Bush: Funding to reduce teen substance abuse and tobacco use

Teen substance abuse, including tobacco, adds tremendous stress to families and limits the futures of Florida's youth. The latest studies show that we are making significant progress in the fight against drug abuse among students, and we will continue to press forward on that issue.

Florida has also had success reducing tobacco use among our young people. Since 1998, smoking rates have declined by 57 percent among middle school students and 37 percent among high school students.

Budget constraints put this important program in jeopardy last year. This year we need to make the program, and the funding to support, it a permanent part of Florida's Department of Health. This money is important, but the real power comes from thousands of teens across our state who recognize the dangers of smoking and encourage their peers not to start.

Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the Florida Legislature Mar 2, 2004

Jeb Bush: Create a prescription drug tracking system to prevent abuse

Prescription drug abuse among adults in Florida is growing at an alarming pace, taking more lives than heroin and cocaine combined. We first noticed this trend three years ago and have been trying to take the innovative, common sense action to halt it ever since.

This year, once again, you will have the opportunity to create a prescription drug tracking system that will allow us to punish unethical providers, prevent addicts from obtaining the drugs they abuse, and protect the privacy of patients in Florida. I urge you to pass legislation to define this system, fund its creation, and help us fight prescription drug abuse in Florida.

Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the Florida Legislature Mar 2, 2004

Jeb Bush: Mandatory prison sentences for drug offenses

Source: Governor’s web site, www.MyFlorida.com, “Initiatives” Nov 7, 2001

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2012 Presidential contenders on Drugs:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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