State of Vermont Archives: on Drugs

Sue Minter: Addicts need treatment, not jail time

Vermont faces an opioid epidemic that is impacting our communities & our state's economic future. The rate of opioid-exposed infants has doubled since 2009. I will invest in programs to prevent & treat opioid addiction & improve drug & alcohol prevention & rehabilitation. We must change prescribing habits, provide early intervention for families with high risk factors for substance abuse, and ensure that schools provide effective drug abuse prevention programs. Addicts need treatment, not jail time.
Source: 2016 Vermont gubernatorial campaign website May 25, 2016

Bruce Lisman: Decriminalization, but not legalization, of recreational pot

I am against the legalization and commercialization of recreational marijuana. There is an important distinction between decriminalization, which I support, and legalization.
Source: 2016 gubernatorial campaign website, Mar 6, 2016

Matt Dunne: Create a trusted Vermont brand of legalized marijuana

We need to craft our own policies before other surrounding states legalize marijuana so we can do it the Vermont way. To keep Vermonters safe, we must insist on clear, stringent labeling of marijuana products and organic/GMO certification. And if we do this right and act quickly, we have the opportunity to set the standard for legalization across the country and allow Vermont farmers and entrepreneurs to benefit from establishing a trusted Vermont brand.
Source: 2016 Vermont gubernatorial campaign website Mar 3, 2016

Peter Shumlin: Time to make marijuana well-regulated legal substance

The War on Drugs has failed, and there is no greater example than our nation's marijuana laws. Vermont took steps to institute a well-regulated medical marijuana system that now serves 2,400 Vermonters. But the black market of drug dealers selling marijuana for recreational use is alive and well, that's why I will work with you to craft the right bill that eliminates the era of prohibition that is currently failing us. I will insist on 5 things before I'll sign a bill:
  1. A legal market must keep marijuana and other drugs out of the hands of underage kids.
  2. The tax imposed must be low enough to wipe out the black market and get rid of the illegal drug dealers.
  3. Revenue from legalization must be used to expand addiction prevention programs.
  4. We must strengthen law enforcement's capacity to respond to impaired drivers under the influence of Marijuana
  5. Take a hard lesson learned from other states and ban the sale of edibles until other states figure out how to do it right.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Vermont legislature Jan 7, 2016

Peter Shumlin: Prioritize reducing opioid misuse

Let's put an end to the system where doctors, dentists, and health care providers send patients home with 80 or 90 Oxycontin pills in their pocket. I am proposing a new system, where a maximum of 10 pills will be the limit for minor procedures. Second, we are partnering with pharmacies to expand drug take back programs. Third, we are partnering with neighboring states to upgrade the Prescription Monitoring System to prevent addicts from crossing state borders to go pill shopping.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Vermont legislature Jan 7, 2016

Peter Shumlin: Address drug addiction as a public health crisis

Vermont is confronted by a crisis of the rising tide of drug addiction and drug-related crime. In every corner of our state, heroin and opiate drug addiction threatens us.

We often hear in the news about the criminal side of drug addiction, about the robberies or the busts in our communities. Our police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges do an extraordinary job under tough circumstances. But as those who are in the thick of this struggle have concluded, we must bolster our current approach to addiction with more common sense. We must address it as a public health crisis, providing treatment and support, rather than simply doling out punishment, claiming victory, and moving onto our next conviction.

Addiction is, at its core, a chronic disease. We must do for this disease what we do for cancer, diabetes, heart, and other chronic illness: first, aim for prevention, and then eradicate any disease that develops with aggressive treatment.

Source: 2014 Vermont State of the State speech Jan 8, 2014

Phil Scott: Supports growing industrial hemp in Vermont

Over the previous three years [in the state legislature] I voted to support the sale of un-pasteurized milk and allow industrial hemp to be grown in Vermont. I voted to find better ways to prepare students for careers in Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture (AF&H) and determine how to better prepare the next generation of Vermonters to become involved in these sectors.
Source: NE Organic Farming Assoc. on 2016 Vermont gubernatorial race Nov 1, 2012

Peter Shumlin: War on recidivism: $300,000 for methadone treatment

Many non-violent offenders have drug & alcohol related addictions. When their time is up, lack of adequate housing, adult basic education, drug & alcohol counseling, mental health services & job options leave them with the same lack of skills & substance abuse challenges that led them into prison in the first place.

My Administration will re-allocate an additional $300,000 to unlock the waiting lists for methadone treatment. This represents the first steps in my administration's war on recidivism.

Source: 2011 Vermont State of the State Address Jan 25, 2011

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