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I have always strongly and vocally opposed the legalization of drugs. We
need to take the exact
opposite approach, and send a strong message to our children that drugs
are both deadly and illegal.
The way to do that is not by making them legal or easily available -- it
is by continuing to fight the war
on drugs on all fronts: teaching children right from wrong, stopping drugs
from getting into this
country, and punishing drug dealers for their crimes.
That is why we are putting 100,000 new police on our streets, expanding the death penalty for drug kingpins, increasing border patrol by 40 percent, urging Congress to fully fund our war on drugs, and fighting for effective anti-drug programs in our classrooms. We must send a message of "zero tolerance" for drinking and driving, and I support testing our children for drugs before they receive a drivers' license. I am also proposing drug testing for prisoners and parolees, to crack down on drugs and crime. My own brother almost lost his life because of a battle with drugs, and I will never support any policy that in any way condones them.
Both are drugs and hence
subject to abuse. In the case of alcohol, a constitutional amendment was
passed to prohibit it, and then a second amendment passed over a decade later
to repeal the prohibition. Alcohol, as a result, can be made, sold, and
consumed in the United States except where local laws limit its sale. While
alcohol abuse imposes a continuing toll on society, most Americans continue
to approve of its sale to all but minors. Marijuana is a more recent arrival
on the social scene, and was identified as a problem and outlawed only in the
late 1930s. Illegal use of marijuana was a regional phenomenon and relatively
rare until the 1960s, and the problems of both marijuana use and the
enforcement of the laws against its use have multiplied considerable since
that time. A variety of studies have established a continuum between
marijuana use and addiction to a gamut of harder drugs. Most medical and law
enforcement authorities, as well as the public at large, have tended to
subscribe to that view. As a result, marijuana cultivation, sale, or usage
I vehemently oppose the use of illegal drugs. The statistics linking the use of drugs with violent crime are staggering. It is my goal to cut teen drug use in half by the end of my first term. Just don't do it!
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