David Vitter on Drugs
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (LA-1)
Strengthen penalties against meth and heroin dealers
As the parents of four, David and Wendy Vitter's number one priority is protecting their family. That's why keeping our streets safe and our communities drug-free isn't a cheap sound byte; its David's solid commitment. That means reforming criminal
justice so we don't warehouse young, non-violent offenders with hardened criminals so that the only skills they learn are those they'll use against us.
Source: 2015 Louisiana Governor campaign website, DavidVitter.com
, Aug 11, 2015
- As our governor, David will target the continuing threats of methamphetamine labs,
OxyContin abuse, and other prescription drug abuse in our rural communities.
- David authored legislation to increase the minimum jail sentence for drug dealers who target our children, because we can't be too tough on
dangerous criminals who target our single most precious resource.
- David passed a budget amendment greatly strengthening penalties against meth and heroin dealers, particularly if the sale results in overdose or death.
Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism.
Amendment to set up a task force on counter-terrorism and drug interdiction and allow military personnel to help patrol U.S. borders.
Bill HR 2586
; vote number 2001-356
on Sep 25, 2001
Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC.
Vote to pass a bill that provides $429.1 million in funds for the District of Columbia and approves the District's $6.8 billion budget. Among other provisions, the bill prohibits the use of federal funds for needle exchange programs, prohibits implementing an approved ballot initiative to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana.
Reference: Bill sponsored by Istook, R-OK;
Bill HR 3064
; vote number 1999-504
on Oct 14, 1999
Rated F by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance.
Vitter scores F 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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