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Jim Gilmore on Drugs

Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)


Provided more substance abuse treatment for drug offenders

Both men started out by citing what they'd done to boost law enforcement during their respective political careers. Gilmore touted his accomplishments and experience as "what a real record is in law enforcement." He cited his four years as Henrico County commonwealth's attorney. Gilmore said that as attorney general and governor, he pushed a program to provide more substance abuse treatment for drug offenders.
Source: 2008 VA Senate debate reported in The Roanoke Times Sep 19, 2008

Illegal drugs are not an acceptable part of our society

We have worked to enhance our earlier public safety reforms with Virginia Exile and SABRE, the Substance Abuse Reduction Effort. Both programs are already breaking the link between drugs, illegal guns and violent crime.

In its first six months, the new State Police division created as part of SABRE has made or helped make nearly 500 arrests and seize hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs. We have sent a clear message across the Commonwealth: illegal drugs are not an acceptable part of our society.

Source: State of the Commonwealth Address to VA General Assembly Jan 10, 2001

More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War.

Gilmore adopted the National Governors Association policy:

Source: NGA policy HR-13: Combating and Controlling Substance Abuse 00-NGA2 on Aug 15, 2000

Other candidates on Drugs: Jim Gilmore on other issues:
VA Gubernatorial:
Tim Kaine
VA Senatorial:
James Webb
John Warner
Mark Warner


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)

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