State of Maryland Archives: on Drugs


Arvin Vohra: Stop the war on drugs; end black market profits

When we end the War on Drugs, we erase black market profits overnight. Without those profits, drug cartels and dangerous criminals go out of business. We no longer imprison people for victimless drug crimes. Fathers and mothers can stay with their children, continue working, and provide for their families. Poverty rates decline and family bonds help children stay in school and out of trouble. We cut taxes by over $80 billion and that money goes back into your wallet.˙
Source: 2018 Maryland Senate campaign website VoteVohra.com Dec 12, 2017

Richard Madaleno: Opioid epidemic is health issue, not criminal one

We have a prescription opioid and heroin crisis in our state--a public health crisis that we ineffectively treat as a law enforcement issue. Entire communities across our state are being hollowed out. There are economic and social issues feeding this epidemic that we must address, but before and above all else, we must ensure that those in the grips of addiction get the help they need, and that their families and communities are supported.
Source: 2018 Maryland Gubernatorial website MadalenoForMaryland.com Aug 8, 2017

Alec Ross: Let's see response to medical marijuana

Ross wants to see the impact of the sale of medical marijuana before pushing further decriminalization. "If what we see is that by decriminalizing marijuana and/or by medicalizing it, violence has gone down significantly, absolutely we should move in that direction," Ross said.
Source: WBAL-TV on 2018 Maryland gubernatorial race Jun 20, 2017

Richard Madaleno: Co-sponsored marijuana legalization bill

Drug prohibition has led to a number of "maybe unintended, but quite negative consequences" for the state. Marijuana violations have entangled "too many young people" in the criminal justice system, and prosecution for marijuana possession disproportionately affects black communities despite similar usage. "The war on drugs has unfortunately failed," Madaleno said. "I just think it's time that we take a different approach, one that says this product can be regulated."
Source: The Diamondback (U.MD.) on 2018 Maryland Gubernatorial race Mar 2, 2017

Larry Hogan: Created the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force

Three years ago, when not many people were paying any attention, we began to shine a spotlight on the rapidly growing heroin and opioid crisis. Just under the surface of every community across our state and across the nation, heroin and opioid abuse has been taking lives and tearing apart families and communities.

One of my first acts as governor was to create the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force. We have gone after it from every angle including education, treatment, interdiction, and law enforcement. We have made strides, but this crisis continues to grow out of control all across our country.

We can--and we must--do more to save the lives of Marylanders. We need your help to enact the multi-pronged Heroin Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement Initiative and to pass the Prescriber Limits Act of 2017 and the Distribution of Opioids Resulting in Death Act.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Maryland Legislature Feb 1, 2017

Richard Douglas: Served as counter-narcotics deputy under George W. Bush

In the George W. Bush Administration, Rich was deputy assistant secretary of defense for counter-narcotics and counter-proliferation. Rich is an Iraq veteran and also served as senior lawyer at three U.S. Senate committees, working for principled legends like the late Jesse Helms. One of the few to serve on Capitol Hill with experience in both the mechanical trades and the armed forces, Rich is genuinely alarmed over Congress's abandonment of American workers.
Source: 2016 Campaign website for MD Senate, DouglasMaryland.com Nov 11, 2015

Jamie Raskin: Reduce mandatory sentencing for drug offenses

HB 121 Amends Mandatory Sentences for Certain Drug Offenses
passed Senate (40-7-0); Sen. Raskin voted YEA.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2015-2016 Maryland legislative records Apr 5, 2015

Richard Madaleno: Reduce mandatory sentencing for drug offenses

HB 121 Amends Mandatory Sentences for Certain Drug Offenses
passed Senate (40-7-0); Sen. Richard Madaleno voted YEA.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2015-2016 Maryland legislative records Apr 5, 2015

Kathy Szeliga: Keep mandatory sentencing for drug offenses

HB 121 Amends Mandatory Sentences for Certain Drug Offenses
Bill Passed House (85-55); Rep. Kathy Szeliga voted Nay.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2015-2016 Maryland voting records Mar 23, 2015

Martin O`Malley: 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

Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO on reducing penalties for possession of marijuana

SB 364 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana
Bill Passed House (78 - 55); Rep. Kathy Szeliga voted Nay.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2013-2014 Maryland voting records Apr 5, 2014

Jamie Raskin: Voted YES on reducing penalties for possession of marijuana

SB 364 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana
Bill Passed House (78-55-8); passed Senate (34-8-5); Sen. Raskin voted YEA.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2013-2014 Maryland legislative records Mar 29, 2014

Richard Madaleno: Voted YES on reducing penalties for possession of marijuana

SB 364 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana
Bill Passed House (78-55-8); passed Senate (34-8-5); Sen. Madaleno voted YEA.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2013-2014 Maryland legislative records Mar 29, 2014

Martin O`Malley: 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

Michael Steele: More enforcement against Drug Trafficking

Source: 2006 Senate website, michaelsteeleformaryland.com, “Issues” Oct 25, 2006

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Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
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Gov.George Pataki(NY)
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Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
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Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
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Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
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Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

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Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
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