Andrew Yang on Drugs



Decriminalize opiates & marijuana, but not cocaine

Q: What about legalizing pot?

A: If we just catch you with a quantity that suggests that you're just using it personally, then instead of referring you to a jail cell, we refer you to treatment. We need to decriminalize opiates for personal use. I'm also for the legalization of cannabis. We need to remove that from the federal controlled substance.

Q: What about cocaine?

A: Cocaine would not be on the list of substances I would engage in this, because the addiction has very different features.

Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls , Apr 14, 2019

Legalize marijuana; pardon marijuana-related offenses

Marijuana legalization: Yang pledged to legalize marijuana and pardon all non-violent drug related offenses, then later clarified in an interview with George Stephanopoulos that he would only pardon marijuana-related offenses. Yang said he would still decriminalize opioids.
Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020" , Apr 7, 2019

Pardon non-violent drug offenders, focusing on marijuana

[VIDEO CLIP]: YANG: And I would pardon everyone who's in jail for a non-violent drug related offense. I would pardon them all on April 20th, 2021 and I would high five them on the way out of jail. [END CLIP]

Q: That include cocaine dealers, opioid dealers?

YANG: I would decriminalize opioids, but in that particular segment I was referring to marijuana related drug offenses specifically

Q: So only marijuana, not all non-violent drug offenders.

YANG: Yes, that's correct.

Source: ABC This Week 2019 interview of presidential hopefuls , Apr 7, 2019

War on Drugs has not worked: treatment instead of punishment

Opioid addiction is rampant in our country. In 2016, more than 11 million Americans misused prescription opioids and 2.1 million had an addiction to heroin, fentanyl, and other opioids. This is a public health crisis, and the top priority has to be getting Americans well. Many Americans are not seeking treatment because they are afraid of life-destroying criminal penalties. We need to remove the stigma of an addiction that literally millions of Americans are struggling with. The War on Drugs has not worked. We need to give more American families and communities a real chance to get well, and we need to evolve from a punitive approach that does not serve the public. If you are caught with a small amount of drugs, we should refer you straight to treatment, not a prison cell.
Source: 2020 presidential campaign website Yang2020.com , Mar 29, 2019

Full legalization of marijuana; expunge federal convictions

I don't love marijuana. I'd rather people not use it heavily. But it's vastly safer than people becoming addicted to opiates like heroin. And our criminalization of it seems stupid and racist, particularly now that it's legal in some states. We should proceed with full legalization of marijuana and pardon those in jail for non-violent marijuana-related offenses. It's a safer, less addictive means to manage pain for many Americans.
Source: 2020 presidential campaign website Yang2020.com , Mar 29, 2019

Decriminalize small quantities of opioid use and possession

Source: 2020 presidential campaign website Yang2020.com , Mar 29, 2019

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