Jim Gilmore on Drugs

Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)


Legalization offers legitimacy of the state

Source: Marijuana Policy Project on 2016 presidential hopefuls , Nov 11, 2015

I'm not a legalization guy

I'm not a legalization guy. I think that it's not a substance, it's a lifestyle, and a quality of life and approach that I'm afraid I can't adhere to. I understand that some people are able to use marijuana in a recreational way and it probably doesn't hurt society, but at the end of the day, I don't believe we ought to be legalizing and putting the legitimacy of the state on to substance abuse.
Source: WMUR 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jul 19, 2015

Provided more substance abuse treatment for drug offenders

Both men started out by citing what they’d done to boost law enforcement during their respective political careers. Gilmore touted his accomplishments and experience as “what a real record is in law enforcement.” He cited his four years as Henrico County commonwealth’s attorney. Gilmore said that as attorney general and governor, he pushed a program to provide more substance abuse treatment for drug offenders.
Source: 2008 VA Senate debate reported in The Roanoke Times , Sep 19, 2008

Illegal drugs are not an acceptable part of our society

We have worked to enhance our earlier public safety reforms with Virginia Exile and SABRE, the Substance Abuse Reduction Effort. Both programs are already breaking the link between drugs, illegal guns and violent crime.

In its first six months, the new State Police division created as part of SABRE has made or helped make nearly 500 arrests and seize hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs. We have sent a clear message across the Commonwealth: illegal drugs are not an acceptable part of our society.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to VA General Assembly , Jan 10, 2001

More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War.

Gilmore adopted the National Governors Association policy:

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

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