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Dave Brownlow on Drugs

Constitution Party Senate Challenger


Move from incarceration policy to treatment based solution

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy: "Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it"?

A: DO NOT SUPPORT--we allow Americans to kill themselves with cigarettes, alcohol, extreme sports, overeating, and unnatural sexual activities. Why single out just this one self destructive behavior to go after? The rights we have given up fighting the "war" on drugs are enormous and far outweigh any benefit. We need to move from an incarceration oriented policy to a treatment based solution.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Jun 22, 2008

The "war" on drugs has been a spectacular failure

The "war" on drugs has been a spectacular failure. If we take an honest look at the effects this war has had on those of us in society who do not use mind-altering drugs, we will find that the cure is far worse than the disease.

The amount of peripheral crime that is generated around the illegal drug trade is absolutely huge, which has obviously had a very negative impact on the non-drug abusing portion of society.

We need to admit the failure of this "war" and change our whole drug policy away from enforcement and incarceration and move to a decriminalized, treatment oriented policy. Do we want to help these people or just punish them? We should throw the book at violent offenders, but if the threat of jail (500,000 jailed and counting) were an effective deterrent to the average drug user, then we would no longer have a drug problem. Something is not working.

Source: Campaign website, www.davebrownlow.com, "Key_Issues" Jun 21, 2008

Tobacco & obesity kill many more people than drug abuse

CDC statistics reveal that 14,000 people die annually from the abuse of illegal, mind altering drugs. This is certainly not a good thing, but there are reports that claim over 100,000 Americans die each year from adverse reactions to legally prescribed (many of which are mind altering) drugs. All of which makes the illegal drugs seem downright safe in comparison!

Additionally, if we are going to have an honest discussion about behaviors that will ruin your life, we need to talk about the annual deaths that are the direct result of tobacco use (430,000 killed), obesity (325,000 killed), & alcoholism (81,000 killed). Why pick on just one self destructive behavior to go after? Based on the numbers, maybe we should send people to jail for smoking, drinking, and getting fat!

Obviously, we should discourage the abuse of any drugs. But let's spend our time and energy solving the issues that will have the biggest impact in cleaning up the mess we have made for ourselves.

Source: Campaign website, www.davebrownlow.com, "Key_Issues" Jun 21, 2008

Other candidates on Drugs: Dave Brownlow on other issues:
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Ted Kulongoski
OR Senatorial:
Gordon Harold Smith
Jeff Merkley
Ron Wyden


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
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AK:*Begich over Stevens
AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
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ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
WY6:Enzi
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