Tim Kaine on Drugs

Democratic Senate Challenger; previously Governor


Against decriminalizing marijuana at state or federal level

Kaine's regressive and repressive views and votes on marijuana recently earned him into a "hall of shame" over at StopTheDrugWar.com. Just last month, they consolidated NORML's congressional scorecard, and displayed the names of 26 current US senators to whom they have given an "F" rating. Unsurprisingly, only four were Democrats; unfortunately, one of those four prohibitionists is Tim Kaine. He said: "I wouldn't vote for a law at the federal or state level that would decriminalize marijuana."
Source: MarijuanaPolitics.com, "Prohibitionist VP": 2016 Veepstakes , Jul 23, 2016

Supported Senate bill to fight opioid epidemic

I've seen firsthand how significant an impact the opioid and heroin abuse epidemic is having on communities and families in Virginia. More Virginians now die from these overdoses than car accidents, and law enforcement currently lacks the tools to save more lives. I'm pleased this bill will encourage co-prescribing of naloxone -- a life-saving drug -- alongside opioid prescriptions and also implements a measure to protect the elderly from medication abuse.
Source: Kaine's Senate office website, during 2016 Veepstakes , Jul 13, 2016

Reduce sentences but do not decriminalize pot

Questions ranged from topics such as the government treatment of ISIS, to the decriminalization of marijuana. To the latter, Kaine said that while he "support[s] drastic changes in sentencing laws, I wouldn't vote for a law at the federal or state level that would decriminalize marijuana."
Source: 2016 Veepstakes: The Cosby Bolt, "Tim Kaine Forum" , Jan 21, 2010

Anti-drug and anti-gang units in State Police

Tim Kaine supports giving the State Police the resources they need to combat gang violence, drug dealers and terrorism. As Governor, Kaine would expand the Virginia State Police’s Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Interdiction Units to fight gang and drug activity in local communities and investigate and interrupt terrorist cells.

The State Police have highly trained specialists, but they also split their time between special assignments and regular highway patrol duties. These specially trained officers are the ones working with localities in task forces that fight gangs and drug rings and we rely heavily upon them to prevent and respond to acts of terrorism. While they are always ready to take on special projects, they leave holes when they are pulled off to serve on task forces. The State Police should have sufficient manpower to have both full-time specialists and a strong regular force.

Source: 2005 Gubernatorial campaign website kaine2005.org, “Issues” , Nov 8, 2005

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