State of North Carolina secondary Archives: on Drugs


Cal Cunningham: Let states regulate and tax cannabis

Q: Decriminalize or legalize marijuana?

Cal Cunningham: Yes. Supports "allowing states to develop own regulation and taxation of cannabis."

Thom Tillis: No. Opposes marijuana legalization but backs study of effectiveness for medical use.

Source: CampusElect survey of 2020 North Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2020

Al Pisano: Marijuana is a gateway drug˙

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Marijuana is a gateway drug˙"?

A: Support

Source: OnTheIssues 2020 interview on North Carolina Governor race Apr 30, 2020

Roy Cooper: Launched state's first Opioid Action Plan in 2017

In addition to being appointed by the President to serve on his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, I've worked with the legislature across party lines. We launched the state's first Opioid Action Plan in 2017 and opioid prescriptions have dropped by 24%, emergency room visits for opioid misuse have declined by 10% and opioid related deaths have decreased by 5%.
Source: Raleigh News-Observer on 2020 North Carolina Governor race Mar 2, 2020

Erica Smith: Legalize marijuana; reduce or commute prison sentences

I support Senator Corey Booker's Marijuana Justice Act. Marijuana should be legalized and the prison sentences for same should be reduced or commuted commensurate with decriminalization of opioids and more compassionate approaches to victims of the opioid epidemic.
Source: 2020 North Carolina Senate website EricaForUS.org Feb 7, 2020

Roy Cooper: Eliminate stigma & encourage opioid addicts to get treatment

One of the most frightening developments in our country and state is the opioid and substance abuse crisis. It threatens lives, rips apart families and can create a shortage of qualified workers.

In my hometown of Nashville, North Carolina, Police Chief Tom Bashore is working to combat this addiction crisis. Last February, Chief Bashore and the Nashville Police Department launched the "Hope Initiative," the first program in North Carolina encouraging opioid addicts to walk into a police station seeking treatment without fear of arrest.

Recognizing that addiction is a disease, Chief Bashore has engaged with the community to eliminate the stigma surrounding opioid addiction and encourage addicts to seek treatment.

My budget directs mental health and law enforcement funding in a multi-pronged approach to combat the substance abuse crisis. This is an area where we must find common ground to help our friends and neighbors gripped by addiction.

Source: 2017 North Carolina State of the State address Mar 13, 2017

Deborah Ross: Supports medical marijuana

Q: On Marijuana: Decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana?

Ross: Supports medical marijuana

Burr: No. Opposes medical and recreational. Recent public statements focus on enforcing federal law regarding marijuana. Opposes medical as well as recreational use, stating in 2010 that "I'm on the record for believing that medical marijuana has no real intrinsic values that you can't get through other things."

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 North Carolina Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Richard Burr: Marijuana has no value that you can't get thru other things

Q: On Marijuana: Decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana?

Ross: Supports medical marijuana

Burr: No. Opposes medical and recreational. Recent public statements focus on enforcing federal law regarding marijuana. Opposes medical as well as recreational use, stating in 2010 that "I'm on the record for believing that medical marijuana has no real intrinsic values that you can't get through other things."

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 North Carolina Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Sean Haugh: End the Drug War

In the first ever US Senate Libertarian candidates forum, Sean Haugh outlined several areas where his views contrasted with those of his opponent, Tim D'Annunzio, including:
Source: 2014 North Carolina Senate campaign website, SeanHaugh.com Jul 2, 2014

Sean Haugh: War on drugs is a war on our own people

Both candidates agree the federal government should not be involved in enacting and enforcing drug laws, though D'Annunzio said an argument might be made that drugs could be regulated as interstate commerce. He said he is "on the fence" with drug legalization, especially illegal drugs that are more powerful than marijuana, but that decision should rest with the states.

"The war on drugs is a war, not only on our own people now, but a war between the state and federal governments," said Haugh, who favors releasing all nonviolent prisoners jailed on drug charges. The country has shifted too far when militarized police SWAT teams raid homes because someone is smoking a plant, he said.

Source: Carolina Journal on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Apr 8, 2014

Pat McCrory: Coordinated effort against cartel drug rings

Because this issue of drugs and alcohol are penetrating our families and our communities, I have instructed my Head of Public Safety to ensure that all state law enforcement officials will fight a coordinated effort against the cartel drug rings that are currently in North Carolina as we speak. We cannot ignore them, we must identify them, and we must get them out of this state now. The sheriffs will tell you this. We need to let people know about this issue.

I also want to collaborate with our educational leaders to ensure that our schools and universities have a strategy to change the culture--to change the culture that I've seen first-hand--of binge drinking and so called recreational drug use. There must be enforcement in our schools and universities of their own policies and enforcement of our laws. And in addition, we must offer help to these students who are doing harm to themselves and to their families.

Source: 2013 North Carolina State of the State Address Feb 18, 2013

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2020 Presidential contenders on Drugs:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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