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John Barrasso on Drugs

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Make criminals pay for their meth lab mess

During the keynote speech at the 5th Annual Methamphetamine and Substance Abuse Conference in Casper, Senator John Barrasso urged passage of legislation to utilize seized criminal funds to clean up meth labs. “This bill doesn’t cost Wyoming taxpayers a dime,” Barrasso said. “It makes criminals pay for criminal activity.”

Barrasso is the lead Republican sponsor of S. 2100, the “Federal Emergency Meth Lab Cleanup Funding Act of 2007.” The bill would make the U.S. Department of Treasury Forfeiture Fund (TFF) available to help property owners clean up contaminated meth lab sites. The TFF is a special account that houses seized criminal funds--from drug cartels to terrorist organizations.

“We must work together to prevent and treat substance abuse,” Barrasso added. “We must also deal with the additional consequences of meth production and distribution. Meth lab clean-ups are very expensive and could put our small motel owners and landlords out of business.”

Source: Address to Annual Meth & Substance Abuse Conference , Jan 9, 2008

Rated F by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance.

Barrasso scores F by the NORML on drug reform

OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2016 NORML scores as follows:

About NORML (from their website, www.norml.org):

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.

NORML is a nonprofit, public-interest lobby that for more than 30 years has provided a voice for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition. We represent the interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly and believe the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana should no longer be a crime.

NORML supports the removal of all criminal penalties for the private possession & responsible use of marijuana by adults, including the cultivation for personal use, and the casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts. This model is called "decriminalization."

NORML additionally supports the development of a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers could purchase it from a safe, legal and regulated source. This model is referred to as "legalization."

NORML believes that marijuana smoking is not for kids and should only be used responsibly by adults. As with alcohol consumption, it must never be an excuse for misconduct or other bad behavior. Driving or operating heavy equipment while impaired from marijuana should be prohibited.

NORML strongly supports the right of patients to use marijuana as a medicine when their physician recommends it to relieve pain and suffering.

Lastly, NORML supports the right of farmers to commercially cultivate hemp for industrial purposes, such as food and fiber production.

Source: NORML website 16_NORML on Nov 8, 2016

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