Scott Walker on Drugs
Republican Wisconsin Governor
Heroin Opiate Prevention & Education: HOPE combats abuse
In 2014, I signed into law a package called "H.O.P.E.," which stands for Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education. HOPE invests in Wisconsin communities. It comprehensively changes how we contend with heroin by implementing the twin principles of support
and accountability. To prevent deaths due to overdose, HOPE equips law enforcement officers and first responders with additional tools to more effectively combat opiate abuse, including access to life-saving medicines, and encourages addicts to seek
emergency care for fellow drug users. HOPE also supports addicts with treatment alternatives, especially in under-funded, yet high-need, rural areas of our state. Accountability-wise, HOPE creates swift and certain sanctions to respond to
probation violations instead of automatic incarceration. And finally, HOPE calls upon medical professionals to demand identification for certain prescriptions. HOPE lays the foundation for reversing the dangerous trend of heroin addiction.
Source: Brennan Center for Justice essays, p.113
, Apr 28, 2015
Drug testing is common sense policy for workplace safety
Drug testing is not a new concept. It is a common sense policy. Take, for instance, some high-demand fields and manufacturing jobs, where sobriety is unquestionably necessary for the operation of technical equipment and heavy machinery.
Workplace safety requires the imposition of drug testing for employees.
While some have said that drug testing makes it harder to get assistance, we say it makes it easier to get a job and helps people live full and meaningful lives.
Source: Brennan Center for Justice essays, p.114
, Apr 28, 2015
Opposes Colorado's legalization of marijuana
Walker expressed his opposition to Colorado's legalization of marijuana and his opposition to same-sex marriage.
He further said he supported "the legal right for legal citizens to be able to carry and arm themselves"
Source: Breitbart.com on 2015 Conservative Political Action Conf.
, Feb 26, 2015
Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance.
Walker scores D by the NORML on drug reform
OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2016 NORML scores as follows:
About NORML (from their website, www.norml.org):
- C-/D/F: "hard-on-drugs" stance (approx. 243 members)
- C: mixed record on drug reform (approx. 45 members)
- A/B: pro-drug-reform stance (approx. 293 members)
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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