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Haley Barbour on Drugs

Former Republican MS Governor (until 2012)


Ban synthetic marijuana

The former tobacco lobbyist turned Mississippi governor signed a law last September banning synthetic marijuana (or "MoJo") from being sold in his state.
Source: Tim Murphy in Mother Jones magazine , Apr 20, 2011

Fight the scourge of illegal narcotics with a vengeance

In law enforcement, we have fought the scourge of illegal narcotics with a vengeance. In 2005 you passed laws to reduce the production and use of crystal methamphetamine. When the criminals learned how to get around those laws, you made the necessary changes, and they are working. In the first six months of this fiscal year--July 1 to December 31, 2010--68 percent fewer meth labs have been reported; meth arrests are down 62 percent; the number of drug-endangered children has fallen 76 percent.
Source: 2011 Mississippi State of the State Address , Jan 11, 2011

Reduced number of crystal methamphetamine labs

The Bureau of Narcotics continues to excel, and legislation passed two years ago has greatly reduced the number of crystal methamphetamine labs in the state. Drugs continue to be a major problem, and most crime is drug-related, but you are doing things t combat it. I ask you to increase the number of narcotics agents by 50, or nearly half. While most policing is done at the local level by police & sheriffs’ departments, we need to give them all the support we can to protect our citizens & families.
Source: State of the State address to 2007 state legislature , Jan 15, 2007

Wrong time to cut drug enforcement spending

Over the last three years state drug enforcement spending has been cut 36% at a time when an epidemic of crystal meth crime has broken out around the state.
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial campaign website, haleybarbour.com , Jan 28, 2006

Justice Dept.'s duty is narcotics trafficking

Oddly enough, the Clinton Justice Department has seemed half-hearted in the pursuit of something that really is its duty: narcotics trafficking. Astonishingly, the Clinton Office of Drug Control Strategy has focused on such important matters as the labeling on Royal Crown Cola and the packaging of Big League Chew bubble gum. The feds contend that R.C. Cola's new "draft" label looks like beer and that Big League's bubble gum pouches resemble those for chewing tobacco and thus ultimately will lead children into drug usage. This, in part, is what counts for the Clinton administration's war on drugs.
Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.121-122 , Apr 25, 1996

Other governors on Drugs: Haley Barbour on other issues:
MS Gubernatorial:
Phil Bryant
MS Senatorial:
Roger Wicker
Thad Cochran

Newly elected Nov. 2012:
IN: Mike Pence (R)
NC: Pat McCrory (R)
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