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Tom Carper on Drugs

Democratic Sr Senator (DE)

 


Supports “Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it”

Governor Thomas R. Carper today signed Senate Bill 323 giving residents the legal authority to fight drug-inhabited properties.

The legislation permits lawsuits against the owner, landlord, manager or tenant of any building, which is habitually used by drug dealers or drug users. Known as the “Drug Nuisance Abatement Bill,” the law gives private citizens, community groups and houses of worship a powerful weapon in their fight against the blight caused by crack houses.

Source: Press Release, “Drug Nuisance Abatement Bill”, Aug. 4 2000 , Sep 19, 2000

Monitor hot spots and parolees to ensure “Safe Streets”

In their first year, “Safe Street” officers took off the streets of Dover more than 25,000 grams of controlled dangerous substances and nearly two dozen illegal weapons.Carper created “Operation Safe Streets” in 1997. “Safe Streets” partners state probation and parole officers and local police to comb specific violent crime and drug “hot spots,” tracking high-risk probationers who have violent offenses in their criminal histories and deemed to be likely repeat offenders.
Source: Press Release, “Operation Safe Streets” , Jun 27, 2000

More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War.

Carper adopted the National Governors Association policy:

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

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

Carper 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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