Newt Gingrich on Drugs

Former Republican Representative (GA-6) and Speaker of the House

Marijuana legalization would tear America apart

Gingrich now says that pot legalization would tear America apart: "Every place drugs are legalized the net effect is more people on welfare, more people who are dependent, more people with bad health care outcomes, fewer people who are able workers able to pay attention on the job and a drain of money into illegality, because immediately behind legalized marijuana comes cocaine and heroin."
Source: Tim Murphy in Mother Jones magazine , Apr 20, 2011

International drug traders use network for terrorist traffic

The tragedy of Sept. 11 has revealed that gangs are also a threat to our domestic security. The deep infiltration of gangs in our society is extremely attractive to terrorist organizations. We must listen to the warnings of Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich: "Fueled by the global nature of the drug trade, gangs are increasingly international operations. With the infrastructure in place to move and distribute Drugsacross the border, the danger exists that they will use their network to, for the right price, traffic terrorists and weapons into the country."

Florida should increase funding for additional law enforcement resources to combat gang activities. Florida should pattern its gang elimination program after the successful Gang Resistance Education And Training (GREAT) program. GREAT is a curriculum-based program aimed at teaching students skills to help them avoid gangs, violence, and drugs.

Source: 100 Innovative Ideas, by Marco Rubio, p. 71-72 , Nov 1, 2006

Increase penalties for illegal drugs

Source: Congressional 1998 National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 1998

Drug-free society focuses on both drug supply & demand

It is essential that we find the means to create a drug-free society for our children. As everyone knows, this has not been an easy matter for us.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, with its constant efforts at persuasion & education, and Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign had a real effect on drug use between 1984 and 1992. In fact, drug use declined by 2/3 in 8 years. Drug use began to rise again when the educational ad campaigns were dumped by the Clinton Administration. Now we have to launch a full-scale torrent of antidrug education, in schools, in churches, in youth organizations, in after-school programs, and everywhere else that young people hang out.

We must also raise the cost of buying and using drugs. We must find a number of economic and social penalties--not just the threat of prison which we know does not work--that will make drug use socially unacceptable. We must seal off the American border by combining [various agencies] into one focused border agency.

Source: Lessons Learned the Hard Way, by Newt Gingrich, p.204-205 , Jul 2, 1998

Admitted to smoking marijuana, coming of age in 1960s

It has been popular to conjure up in just how many ways Newt Gingrich is like Bill Clinton. Superficially they share much. Both came of age around the same time--the '60s, the Vietnam era. Each owns a vintage '60s Mustang. Each admitted to smoking marijuana and neither served in the military. Each is an indefatigable politician who has come back from crushing defeat.
Source: Newt!, by Dick Williams, p. 19 , Jun 1, 1995

Other candidates on Drugs: Newt Gingrich on other issues:
Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
GOP Candidates:
Rep.Newt Gingrich(GA)
Rep.Ron Paul(TX)
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Virgil Goode(C)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L)
Gov.Buddy Roemer(AE)
Jill Stein(G)
C.G.David Walker(AE)

GOP Withdrawals:
Rep.Michele Bachmann(MN)
Herman Cain(GA)
Gov.Chris Cristie(NJ)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Jon Huntsman(UT)
Rep.Thaddeus McCotter(MI)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.Tim Pawlenty(MN)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
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