George Pataki on Drugs
Republican NY Governor
Let's see what happens in Colorado with legalization
Colorado voters in 2012 resoundingly approved a proposal legalizing recreational use of marijuana by adults. Some candidates say the federal government should crack down in states that have legalized adult possession. Other hopefuls say let the states
experiment. Former New York Gov. George Pataki said in 2014: "I am not in favor of legalizing marijuana, but having said that I am a great believer that states are the laboratory of democracy." He added: "Let's see what happens" in Colorado.
Source: PolitiFact Texas fact-checking on 2016 presidential hopefuls
, Oct 28, 2015
Let each state decide marijuana legalization
On marijuana, Pataki would let the states decide, but would not legalize nationally, for now.
Pataki is a strong state's rights supporter when it comes to marijuana legalization. During an interview with Bloomberg News, Pataki said states like
Colorado should be the testing ground to see if legalization works. Last month, Pataki repeated his support for state-by-state legalization but said there should be tough regulations to ensure children cannot purchase marijuana or marijuana edibles.
Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series
, May 28, 2015
OK to legalize if we can contain addiction and kids' access
I would not be adverse to changing the law if we could guarantee there was no spillover to, three things actually--no spillover to adjacent states, protection for minorities that are ironclad, and the third is there's no increase in dependency as a
result of that. If all of a sudden we see the state that legalizes it is resulting in much higher dependency costs that the federal government has to pay for, I think the federal government has the right to say you can't do that.
Source: HughHewitt.com 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls
, Apr 23, 2015
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War.
Pataki adopted the National Governors Association policy:
To reduce the presence of illegal drugs, drug-related organized crime, and the adverse effects of drug and alcohol abuse in society requires a comprehensive strategy involving federal, state, and local governments. The Governors believe that one of the most severe public health threats is the recent rise in substance abuse among children.
Source: NGA policy HR-13: Combating and Controlling Substance Abuse 00-NGA2 on Aug 15, 2000
- The Federal Role
The profits from illicit drug trafficking can be effectively used to help state efforts to dry up the demand for these drugs. The nationís Governors urge the President and Congress to fully fund drug and alcohol abuse education, drug courts, treatment, prevention, and law enforcement efforts, including the initiative to combat and clean up methamphetamine production laboratories, at the state and local levels of government.
- Intensified Eradication and Interdiction
Federal funding for use of the National Guard in drug and border enforcement deserves continued support. The Governors urge
the President and Congress to utilize the role of U.S. military forces in interdiction efforts.
- High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program.
The HIDTA program provides additional federal funds to those areas to help federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations invest in infrastructure and joint initiatives to dismantle drug trafficking organizations. Governors support the HIDTA initiative and urge Congress to continue supporting the program.
- The Federal Role in Reducing International Drug Trafficking.
The nationís Governors urge the Administration and Congress to significantly tighten procedures for certifying foreign countries for eligibility to receive U.S. aid based on their cooperation with U.S. surveillance, interdiction, and eradication efforts.
- Drug Legalization
The nationís Governors believe illicit drug legalization is not a viable alternative, either as a philosophy or as a practical reality.
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