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Ken Salazar on Drugs

Democratic Jr Senator (CO)


Opposed 2000 initiative for medical use of marijuana

Ken Salazar, as chief legal counsel for Colorado, vigorously opposed the citizen-led initiative that approved medical use of marijuana in 2000. If elected to the Senate, he will be responsible for writing federal law, rather than advising the state on laws already enacted. As a legislator, will he support Colorado voters or will he continue the draconian anti-medical marijuana policies of his predecessors? It is time for Salazar to declare his position on this issue.
Source: Denver Post: Letters To The Editor Sep 12, 2004

Medical marijuana partly allowed, but he doesn’t like it

Salazar noted that he personally opposed passage of the medical marijuana initiative last year for a variety of reasons, including that the initiative could not legalize marijuana use under federal law, as the US Supreme Court has now confirmed. “All Colorado citizens must understand that possession, manufacture and distribution of marijuana by any person or organization, even for purposes of medical treatment, continues to constitute a violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act,” Salazar warned. “’Medical necessity’ is not a defense to the federal prohibition notwithstanding the state’s law to the contrary.”

Source: Attorney General’s News Release, “Marijuana Consequences” May 31, 2001

Federal grants to Indian tribes to fight methamphetamine.

Salazar co-sponsored for federal grants to Indian tribes to fight methamphetamine

OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: A bill to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to clarify that territories and Indian tribes are eligible to receive grants for confronting the use of methamphetamine.

EXCERPTS OF BILL: Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to include territories and Indian tribes as eligible grant recipients (or reaffirm such eligibility) under the programs to:

  1. address the manufacture, sale, and use of methamphetamine;
  2. aid children in homes in which methamphetamine or other drugs are unlawfully manufactured, distributed, dispensed, or used; and
  3. address methamphetamine use by pregnant and parenting women offenders.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Passed/agreed to in Senate, by Unanimous Consent.

Source: Safe Streets Act Amendment (S.4113) 06-S4113 on Dec 8, 2006

Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use.

Salazar co-sponsored requiring chemical resellers to certify against meth use

Sen. FEINSTEIN: This act is designed to address problems that the Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA, has identified in the implementation of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005. The bill that I introduce today would:

The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act that we passed last year has been a resounding success. The number of methamphetamine labs in the United States has declined dramatically now that the ingredients used to make methamphetamine are harder to get. Fewer meth labs means more than just less illegal drug production. In 2003, 3,663 children were reported exposed to toxic meth labs nationwide--but so far this year, the number of exposed children is only 319.

This is a common-sense bill, designed to strengthen the implementation of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act. This bill would create incentives to ensure that the self-certification process of the law is made both effective and enforceable. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.

Source: Combat Methamphetamine Enhancement Act (S.2071) 2007-S2071 on Sep 19, 2007

Other candidates on Drugs: Ken Salazar on other issues:
CO Gubernatorial:
Bill Ritter
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Mark Udall
Michael Bennet

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