State of New York Archives: on Drugs
Brother died of alcoholism; so Donald never touched alcohol
For Mr. Trump, a presidential candidate whose appeal is predicated on an aura of toughness, personal achievement and perpetual success, the story of his brother Freddy, a handsome, gregarious and self-destructive figure who died as an alcoholic in 1981
at the age of 43, is bleak and seldom told.
In a telephone interview last week, Mr. Trump said he had learned by watching his brother how bad choices could drag down even those who seemed destined to rise. Seeing his brother suffering led him to avoid
ever trying alcohol or cigarettes, he said.
In the upwardly mobile Trump family, Donald was the second and favorite son. Freddy was the disappointment, who lacked the killer instinct and drifted so far from his father's ambitions that his children were
largely cut out of the patriarch's will.
Asked whether Freddy's experience in the family business, which friends described as miserable, contributed to the drinking that ultimately killed him, Mr. Trump said: "I hope not. I hope not."
Source: N. Y. Times coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls
Jan 3, 2016
Marijuana decriminalization, on the path to legalization
New York State must decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession, on the path to eventual legalization. This would drastically reduce the number of marijuana arrests, an overwhelming percent of which are just for possession.
Worse, these arrests disproportionately target young African-Americans and Latinos.
Source: 2014 N. Y. Governor campaign website, ZephyrTeachout.com
Jul 2, 2014
Let doctors prescribe medical marijuana
Jeffries indicates support of the following principles regarding health.
Source: N. Y. Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test
Nov 1, 2008
- Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
- Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
- Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Stiffer penalties for drug-related crimes
Indicate which principles you support to address drugs
Source: 2000 N. Y. National Political Awareness Test
Jul 2, 2000
- Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
- Lower the blood alcohol content limit defining drunk driving.
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