State of Michigan Archives: on Drugs


Gretchen Whitmer: Addicts need treatment, not punishment

Expand treatment and recovery services that help our family members and neighbors who are suffering from addiction. Invest in treatment courts to ensure access to the resources we need to treat addiction, including diversion and alternative sentencing. Hold physicians and drug companies accountable because Michigan has more annual opioid prescriptions than people, and we cannot allow pharmaceutical companies to continue perpetuating the crisis with immunity.
Source: 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial website GretchenWhitmer.com Nov 1, 2017

Marcia Squier: Cannabis is a life-saving drug and must be legalized

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Marijuana is a gateway drug"?

A: Strongly oppose. Cannabis is a life-saving drug and must be fully, retroactively legalized. In fact, the entire War on Drugs must end, treating drug addictions as a medical issue as opposed to a criminal one.

Source: OnTheIssues interview on 2018 Michigan gubernatorial race Jul 19, 2017

Marcia Squier: Legalization will help utilize the endless benefits of pot

I want less regulation and more freedom for cannabis, hemp, and the people who use it. I want full, federal retroactive legalization for all. Adults 18+ should be able to freely grow it and use it, and claim it as legal income if they sell it. People under 18 should be able to get prescriptions the same as adults would. We also need more research into the seemingly endless benefits of cannabis and hemp.
Source: Facebook posting for 2018 Michigan gubernatorial race Jun 2, 2017

Marcia Squier: Legalization of pot will help healthcare costs

Q: What do you think about the legalization of pot?

A: I think we need to decriminalize cannabis because that would also reduce healthcare costs. For people to be able to get that life saving remedy at a reasonable rate. I think adults should be able to grow it in their backyard and I think cellars should be able to claim it as legal income.

Source: YouTube video "Within Reason": 2018 Michigan governor race Mar 19, 2017

Rick Snyder: Enforce prescription law, but Good Samaritans get treatment

A problem area we have is Opioid Abuse. Since 2009, we have seen a doubling of heroin overdoses; that is unacceptable. We need to do better. I want to thank the Legislature for passing Good Samaritan legislation that encourages people to seek help for themselves or others without fear of prosecution.

We are making an investment in Michigan's automated prescription system, which will make a big difference in preventing drug diversion, whether it be prescribers, pharmacies, or at the patient level. MSP has launched an angel program at their Gaylord post. Literally, people can now come to the Gaylord post and ask for help. MSP, the Michigan State Police, will actually help them get treatment. That is the kind of outreach we should have. We are going to expand that program.

Source: 2017 Michigan State of the State address Jan 17, 2017

Rick Snyder: Reduce supply, combating production of meth

There is new legislation stepping up the state's efforts to combat the production of illegal methamphetamine. Current efforts to prevent the sale of these legal medicines to people who use it to manufacture the illegal drug are insufficient.

This will give law enforcement the ability to better detect patterns and block sales to people who buy up large quantities of cold & allergy medicine. We will make our communities safer by preventing access to the ingredients needed to manufacture meth.

Source: Michigan 2011 gubernatorial press release, #259269 Jul 15, 2011

Gary Peters: Implement voter legalization of medical marijuana

Gary Peters and his opponent, Rocky Raczkowski, are like two bad sports talk radio partners: they simply disagree on everything. (Except immigration, a hot button issue in which pandering to either side can seriously jeopardize your campaign.)

The two candidates have become cartoon caricatures of their respective parties. Peters gets painted as a flaming liberal who kowtows to the "socialist" liberal agenda and Raczkowski is deemed a tin-foil hat wearing ultra right-wing lunatic. Case in point: this Freep summation of their positions on the only other 3 issues in this election:

Source: Michigan Lawyers Weekly on 2014 Idaho Senate race Sep 10, 2010

Rocky Raczkowski: No further expansion of medical marijuana laws

Gary Peters and his opponent, Rocky Raczkowski, are like two bad sports talk radio partners: they simply disagree on everything. (Except immigration, a hot button issue in which pandering to either side can seriously jeopardize your campaign.)

The two candidates have become cartoon caricatures of their respective parties. Peters gets painted as a flaming liberal who kowtows to the "socialist" liberal agenda and Raczkowski is deemed a tin-foil hat wearing ultra right-wing lunatic. Case in point: this Freep summation of their positions on the only other 3 issues in this election:

Source: Michigan Lawyers Weekly on 2010 Idaho House race Sep 10, 2010

George W. Bush: A leader learns from his mistakes and shares wisdom

Itís become clear to America over the course of this campaign that Iíve made mistakes in my life, but Iím proud to tell you Iíve learned from my mistakes. And thatís the role of a leader -- to share wisdom, to share experience with people who are looking for someone to lead.
Source: Speech in Michigan Nov 4, 2000

Mark Schauer: End mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related crimes

Source: Michigan State 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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2016 Presidential contenders on Drugs:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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