As we enter 2016, we must prepare ourselves for an election year and whether you plan on voting or not, it is important to know where each candidate stands on each issue, especially on alcohol and drug treatment. Due to the contents of this website, I’ll be sticking to each candidate’s stance on drugs and alcohol use. I would like to preface this blog by saying that this is going to be as unbiased as I can possibly make it. I’ve compiled candidates stances on these issues from another unbiased source and hope this commentary will help you decide your candidate of choice completely on your own values and opinions.
The GOP Stance on Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Let’s start with the GOP because there is a Democrat currently in the White House. The front-runner at this moment for the Republican Party nomination is Donald Trump who, like all other candidates has his own unique stance on drugs. To begin Trump stated in his 2000 book “Making America #1 Again,” that he has never drank alcohol, and never has tried drugs due to his brother being an alcoholic. Trump is for medical marijuana use, but believes total legalization should fall on a state-by-state basis. In a 1990 interview, he argued for a much more relaxed stance on drugs as he felt that revenue received from them could benefit the economy.
The next candidate is Ted Cruz. He has stated that both of his parents were alcoholics, and his half-sister unfortunately died from her addiction to prescription medications. He is in favor of lowering criminal charges to non-violent drug users, but that is as far as he has talked about on the war on drugs.
Next up is senator Marco Rubio. Rubio believes that Marijuana should only be legalized for medicinal use. He also would like to put increased funding into programs that would teach students skills to avoid gangs, violence, & drugs.
Jeb Bush takes a more heavy handed approach on drugs. He believes in no marijuana use, even for medical purposes as it is “a gateway drug.” According to statements made by Bush, he feels U.S. Armed Forces should be placed on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent illegal drugs from entering the U.S. He also feels that there should be harsher consequences for drug related crimes, as fighting drug abuse on the front-line is the most efficient way to stop the “Drug War.” Because of this, he is also against treatment for those arrested on drug charges.
Onto Dr. Ben Carson. His current stance on marijuana is that it decreases the IQ of individuals, and therefore should not be legalized in any form, except for rare medical cases. He is also for an increased federal role in the war on drugs. Dr. Carson is also in favor of lowering the legal Blood Alcohol Content level to .02 from .08 as it has been affected in its use in some European countries in lowering DUI issues.
The Democratic Stance on Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Now onto the Democratic Party. There are currently two main front runners hoping for the nomination. The first of these two is former Secretary of the State, and New York senator, Hillary Clinton. Clinton has stated that she is for an increase in treatment in response to increase in drug use. She is also for lowering, or stopping prison sentences for marijuana users. She has stated “It is unfair to urge people to get rid of their addiction and not have the treatment facilities when people finally make up their minds to get treatment.”
Our last highlighted candidate for the 2016 election is Vermont senator, Bernie Sanders. Sanders is for the recreational use of marijuana. He also believes “ Nonviolent offenders should not be incarcerated. Instead, they should be allowed to access affordable treatment to address their drug dependencies.”
I hope this list of candidates stances on drug and alcohol use is helpful to you in your selection. Many of the quotes and stances were found through www.ontheissues.org.
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