State of Montana Archives: on Drugs

Amanda Curtis: Medical marijuana law is over-restrictive

Curtis has come out in support of "reasonable" gun control legislation that would expand background checks, and has criticized a 2011 medical marijuana law passed by the state Legislature as over restrictive, and pushed to increase hiring of Montanans for state public-works projects, according to the AP.
Source: The Hill e-zine on 2014 Montana Senate race Aug 16, 2014

Steve Daines: Limit federal DEA from interfering with state marijuana laws

A Montana group advocating the overhaul of marijuana laws praised U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Friday for his vote to limit the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration from interfering with state medical-marijuana laws. A spokesman for the Montana chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), called it "a political game changer":

"What we see is that conservatives in Congress are adhering to their principles in support of state's rights and reducing Big Government programs, even when it comes to subjects like marijuana policy. We applaud Steve Daines for standing up for Montana's laws, and expect Montana's senators to do the same."

Daines was one of 49 Republicans who voted to limit federal authority. The House, by a 219-189 vote, supported an amendment to deny funding for any efforts to prevent states from implementing their own medical-marijuana laws. "This is a matter of states' rights," a Daines spokesman said.

Source: Billings Gazette on 2014 Montana Senate race May 30, 2014

Steve Bullock: Confront the invisible epidemic of prescription drug abuse

Since taking office as Attorney General, Steve has:
Source: Montana Governor campaign 2012 website, Nov 6, 2012

Champ Edmunds: Decriminalize marijuana; support substance abuse treatment

Q: Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?

A: Yes.

Source: Montana Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Bill McChesney: Medical marijuana ok; but wait on decriminalization

Q: Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?

A: Yes. We need to bring the use of medical marijuana back to the original intent of the initiative.

Q: Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?

A: I need a lot more information before addressing this...

Q: Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?

A: Yes.

Source: Montana State Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Conrad Burns: Repealing Patriot Act would cost us the Meth Control Act

Q: What do you think about Executive Authority with regards to warrantless wiretapping?

TESTER: If we want to get serious about the War on Terror, we need to make the investments to fight the war on terror. We ought not be taking rights away from honest citizens. By the time they figure out thereís a terror cell, they can get a warrant. The Senator wants to let them have Carte Blanche.

BURNS: Clinton set the record for Executive Orders. And they too pushed the envelope as far as the Constitution is concerned. But let me go back on this Patriot Act. It is a tool that is in place now for drug kingpins and organized crime. Why donít you want that extended to terrorists? If you repeal it, as Mr. Tester wants to do, there goes the Meth Control Act, and the ability to monitor international phone calls from known numbers of people who want to kill us.

TESTER: Letís not put this under the War on Drugs--thatís baloney.

Source: 2006 Montana 3-way Senate Debate at MSU Oct 9, 2006

Brian Schweitzer: Stricter penalties for drug criminals

Q: What are your views on crime & drugs?

A: We need stricter penalties for criminals who manufacture or sell drugs. I support vocational and substance abuse programs for non-violent offenders. I strongly support enacting a ban on open containers in vehicles, and my running mate, Republican Senator John Bohlinger of Billings, has already submitted a bill draft to do so.

Source: 2004 Montana Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Bob Kelleher: The war on drugs has been lost

Drug use is on the rise in Montana. In 1970 the federal bureau of prisons had less than 21,000 inmates--16% of whom were drug offenders. By last October the number of inmates had jumped almost 600%--to over 120,000. In that time drug sentences jumped 340%. The cost of maintaining a federal prisoner a year will almost pay for a yearís tuition at Harvard or Yale!

Half of the drug busts involved marijuana! The war on drugs has been lost--like prohibition against alcohol in the days of gangster Al Capone. Sen. Duane Grimes, R-Clancy, chair of the Drug Study Committee, reported to Gov. Martz and Attorney General McGrath in September after an eight-month study that the war on drugs in Montana is a failure and that we need two more treatment centers in addition to MCDC in Butte. Also lost are the taxes that could have been used for treatment centers or education. Why not ask Montana voters if the want to legalize and tax marijuana?

Source: Bobís Message to Montana Schoolkids (15-min. TV interview) Oct 1, 2002

John Bohlinger: Decriminalize medicinal marijuana

Source: Montana Legislative 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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