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Bob Kelleher on Drugs

Republican challenger


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 year's 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: Bob's Message to Montana Schoolkids (15-min. TV interview) Oct 1, 2002

Other candidates on Drugs: Bob Kelleher on other issues:
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