State of Georgia Archives: on Drugs


David Perdue: Supports medical marijuana, not recreational use

Q: Marijuana--Decriminalize or legalize?

Perdue: Medical yes. Supports access to medical marijuana. As of 2014, opposed recreational.

Ossoff: Yes. "It's past time to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Doug Collins: Marijuana: let states legalize, against federal legalization

Q: Marijuana--Legal or ban?

Doug Collins: Mixed. Supports letting states legalize but opposes federal legalization.

Kelly Loeffler: Ban. Is "concerned about the negative effects that legalizing marijuana would have."

Raphael Warnock: Legal. Wants to decriminalize marijuana.

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Past time to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis

Q: Marijuana--Decriminalize or legalize?

Ossoff: Yes. "It's past time to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis."

Perdue: Medical yes. Supports access to medical marijuana. As of 2014, opposed recreational.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Marijuana: concerned about negative effects of legalization

Q: Marijuana--Legal or ban?

Kelly Loeffler: Ban. Is "concerned about the negative effects that legalizing marijuana would have."

Raphael Warnock: Legal. Wants to decriminalize marijuana.

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Marijuana: wants to decriminalize

Q: Marijuana--Legal or ban?

Raphael Warnock: Legal. Wants to decriminalize marijuana.

Kelly Loeffler: Ban. Is "concerned about the negative effects that legalizing marijuana would have."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Shane Hazel: End wars, including the drug war

Q: In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

A: I will introduce legislation to end the wars including the drug wars as my priority. I will also introduce legislation to end the fed. I will also introduce legislation to kill as many unconstitutional bureaucracies as I possibly can. And lastly I will introduce legislation to abolish compulsory government indoctrination camps so that our children may receive the best education that exist. I will also introduce criminal justice reform to include ending the drug war, ending qualified immunity, ending mandatory minimums, freeing all the non-violent criminals and ending prison for profit.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Shane Hazel: Marijuana is a right

Industries such as pharma, alcohol, tobacco, prisons, and police are fighting to keep cannabis illegal. Cannabis is a right.

"I will expose the huge industries of pharma, alcohol, tobacco, prisons and police that fight for prohibition."

Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ShaneHazel.com Oct 27, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Stiffer penalties for deceptively trafficking in fentanyl

U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the Zero Tolerance for Deceptive Fentanyl Trafficking Act. The bill would increase penalties for fentanyl traffickers who intentionally misrepresent the drug to unknowing customers.

"One of the most lethal opioids is fentanyl, with thousands of overdose deaths attributed to this highly-potent drug every year. Criminals who lace fentanyl with other drugs and traffic them into the US must be held accountable for their deceptive, illegal & often deadly schemes. It's time that our legal penalties properly reflect the seriousness & the fatal consequences of pushing these dangerous substances," said Loeffler.

Under this legislation, dealers who intentionally misrepresent their product would face a 20-year sentence. If the dealers intentionally included fentanyl to cause death--often because they want to increase the reputation of their product's potency--then the offense becomes death penalty eligible.

Source: Senate press release on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Feb 27, 2020

Ed Tarver: Against long prison terms for nonviolent, addicted prisoners

President Obama appointed Ed as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. While Ed aggressively prosecuted drug dealers, sex traffickers, and those who committed fraud on Georgia's taxpayers, he also worked with the community to identify solutions to long term incarceration for non-violent and drug addicted prisoners. Taxpayers cannot afford the cost of continuing to be the nation that imprisons more people than any other country in the world.
Source: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate website TarverForSenate.com Feb 20, 2020

Teresa Tomlinson: Remove marijuana from Controlled Substance Act schedule

Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website, TeresaTomlinson.com Jan 12, 2020

Teresa Tomlinson: End sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine

Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website, TeresaTomlinson.com Jan 12, 2020

Ted Terry: Decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana

Georgia Mayor Ted Terry has a hell of a track record. He has doubled the size of the small town just outside of Atlanta, made Election Day a holiday, raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour, helped to democratize the city council with millenials and minorities, and decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Source: Under the Radar Mag on 2020 Georgia Senate race Dec 19, 2019

Brian Kemp: Deport drug cartel kingpins

The Georgia Gang Investigators Association [concludes] there are over 71,000 validated gang affiliates and 1,500 suspected gang networks in our state. These gangs are pawns for Mexican drug cartels--pushing opioids and drugs, buying and selling children for sex. By utilizing the Criminal Gang and Criminal Alien Database, which will be funded with existing resources from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, we can track and deport drug cartel kingpins who are terrorizing our communities.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Georgia legislature Jan 17, 2019

Brian Kemp: Unequivocally opposes recreational use of marijuana

Marijuana: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?

Abrams: Supports medical use and decriminalization of small amounts for recreational use as "a critical step to criminal justice reform."

Kemp: "Unequivocally" opposes recreational use. Supports limited

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Georgia Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Tom Price: Criticized for comments on opioid addiction treatment

Price's comments suggesting opioid-type medication to treat opioid addiction isn't very effective prompted hundreds of experts to urge him to unequivocally support the treatment. Price's comments prompted more than 600 practitioners and researchers to sign a letter asking Price to "set the record straight." "The perception that persons receiving long-term therapy with medications--especially with buprenorphine and methadone--are not actually in recovery is widespread but grossly inaccurate."
Source: PolitiFact.com on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race May 26, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Locking up nonviolent drug offenders doesn't make sense

Violent crime, murder, rape, human trafficking, and corruption are rampant, while we spend billions locking up nonviolent drug offenders. It just doesn't make sense. Jon will work to reduce mass incarceration of nonviolent offenders, which punishes taxpayers and wastes American lives.
Source: 2017 Georgia House campaign website, ElectJon.com Apr 21, 2017

Stacey Abrams: Expand list of conditions for medical marijuana

HB 65: Expands the list of conditions for which a patient may register with the Low THC Oil Patient Registry. HB 65 expands the list to include Tourette's syndrome, autism, intractable pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer's disease, human immunodeficiency virus, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome. MY VOTE: YES
Source: 2018 Georgia governor campaign website StaceyAbrams.com Mar 30, 2017

Stacey Abrams: Add fentanyl to list of criminalized opioids

HB 213: Updates the Georgia Code to include the drug fentanyl alongside morphine, opium, and heroin. Individuals convicted of felony drug trafficking of fentanyl would be subjected to the same punishments as trafficking those other drugs. MY VOTE: YES
Source: 2018 Georgia governor campaign website StaceyAbrams.com Mar 30, 2017

Tom Price: Opposes needle exchange programs

Dr. Price voted to block U.S. funding for needle exchange programs in 2009, several years into his now-12-year stint representing Georgia's sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also voted in 2007 to prevent the District of Columbia from using its own, nonfederal funds on needle exchange programs.
Source: Science Magazine on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 2, 2016

Allen Buckley: End Federal illicit drug regulations

The country is gradually moving towards the legalization of marijuana. When I first ran in 2004 that was my position, to make marijuana legal. The Federal government should get out of [illicit drugs] altogether and let the states do whatever they want. The States are all broke. Are they gonna spend huge amounts of money to incarcerate people or are they gonna do something more cost effective? The states would do different things to figure out what is the best deal with any particular drug."
Source: The Red & Black on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Feb 11, 2016

Johnny Isakson: Legalize medical marijuana and cannabis oil

A group of senators introduced a medical marijuana bill that seeks to do what Georgia's did to legalize epilepsy treatments with hemp oil at the federal level. It's different from a recent House version because it allows the FDA more leeway to regulate the cannabidiol products, thus earning the support of Sen. Johnny Isakson, who said:

"This legislation will ensure that families of children suffering from seizures have access to treatments that can provide them with a better quality of life. The legislation also removes federal barriers for Georgia families who want to bring the cannabis oil back to Georgia in order to administer medical treatment in the comfort of their own home. I've always been a supporter of research and innovation as a leading driver in finding new and improved treatment options for those affected by diseases and disorders."

Even though Georgia has legalized possession of the drug, it remains illegal to carry it across state lines.

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution on 2016 Georgia Senate race May 14, 2015

Amanda Swafford: Replace War on Drugs with individual freedom

The primary responsibility of government is to protect our individual rights. That duty requires preservation of those rights which may include aspects of another person's beliefs that we don't personally agree with. However, as long as an individual's choices or actions do not infringe on another person's liberties, we should not use government to force that individual to conform to our personal beliefs. On a federal level, individual freedom is an important foundation for issues like the War on Drugs
Source: 2014 Georgia Senate campaign website, AmandaSwafford.net Sep 30, 2014

Andrew Hunt: Fines instead of imprisonment for non-violent drug offenses

Victimless, non-violent offenders should not be ripped away from their families and jobs by making them serve time. This only increases their potential recidivism rate. Instead of incarceration, the state can charge fines, similar to most traffic violations. I will move in this direction as much as possible. I hope to show a majority of people that that a shift toward greater Liberty can be great for society. I will support changes to the War on Drugs to reduce the impact that drugs have on our society. Much of these impacts are crime related, a direct cause of these drugs being illegal. I would like to have a net savings in our budget by funding drug rehabilitation programs instead of jail time, and will work to get such changes passed into law and implemented. By improving education and employment in Georgia, we will see a decrease in crime.
Source: 2014 Georgia gubernatorial campaign website, AndrewHunt.us Aug 31, 2014

Tom Price: Co-signs support letter to free states to act on marijuana

"The legal status of cannabis in the United States is in disarray. It is incumbent on Congress to clarify these issues and reform our federal laws," Collins, the ranking minority member on the House Judiciary Committee, wrote to chairman Jerrold Nadler, with Matt Gaetz, who co-signed the letter. The Republican lawmakers are endorsing the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act, a bill to shield state cannabis laws from federal intervention.
Source: Forbes Magazine on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Aug 25, 2014

David Perdue: Receptive to medical marijuana, but leave it to states

The Washington Post reported that the Obama administration Friday gave the banking industry approval to do business with legal marijuana sellers. Perdue was asked what he thought about this.

"I'm not a doctor, but the only use of marijuana that I would support today would be the medical use of it," he said. "The two doctors in this race have both said that that would be acceptable to them. I've talked to other physicians that think it's a valuable tool to use. I'm basing this on medical thought that that is a tool to use against some treatments for cancer and so forth, and if that can be used medicinally, I would be OK with that."

Loosening restrictions on the use of medical marijuana in Georgia is a decision for the state Legislature, he said. "But as a senator, I'm telling you that I'm going to support the law of the land in the state of Georgia, that's first of all, second of all, that the medicinal use of it is something that I would be receptive to," he said.

Source: Marietta Daily Journal on 2014 Georgia Senate race Feb 16, 2014

Nathan Deal: BUI: Boating Under the Influence: if blood alcohol over .10%

This past summer, Georgia witnessed several tragic accidents on our waterways. We know alcohol is involved in over 50 percent of all boating fatalities each year. On Georgia's roads, if the operator of a vehicle has a Blood Alcohol content of .08 or higher, he can be charged with Driving Under the Influence. However, you cannot be charged with Boating Under the Influence unless your Blood Alcohol level is .10 or higher. The Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law that I am proposing will change that. If you are too drunk to drive an automobile, you are too drunk to drive a boat!

I will also propose, through the Kile Glover Boat Education Law, that you place age limits and educational requirements on young operators of boats and personal watercraft and that children who are 13 or younger must wear life jackets when riding in an open boat that is moving.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Georgia Legislature Jan 17, 2013

Vernon Jones: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

Ed Tarver: Allow onsite testing for drug-free workplace program

SB96: A BILL relating to drug-free workplace programs, to provide for onsite testing & oral testing.

Summary by eDrugTest.com: Georgia has a voluntary drug testing law. For companies that wish to qualify for a 7.5% discount on their workers' compensation premiums they must comply with this law.

Legislative outcome:Passed House 160-2-18, Vote #429 on Apr/20/07; passed Senate 56-0-0, Vote #175 on Mar/27/07; Sen. Ed Tarver voted YES; Signed by Gov. Perdue on May/24/07

Source: Asbestos.com on Georgia legislative voting records: SB182 Apr 30, 2007

Renee Unterman: Allow onsite testing for drug-free workplace program

SB96: A BILL relating to drug-free workplace programs, to provide for onsite testing & oral testing.

Summary by eDrugTest.com: Georgia has a voluntary drug testing law. For companies that wish to qualify for a 7.5% discount on their workers' compensation premiums they must comply with this law.

Legislative outcome:Passed House 160-2-18, Vote #429 on Apr/20/07; passed Senate 56-0-0, Vote #175 on Mar/27/07; Sen. Unterman voted YES; Signed by Gov. Perdue on May/24/07

Source: Asbestos.com on Georgia legislative voting records: SB182 Apr 30, 2007

Sonny Perdue: Allow onsite testing for drug-free workplace program

SB96: A BILL relating to drug-free workplace programs, to provide for onsite testing & oral testing.

Summary by eDrugTest.com: Georgia has a voluntary drug testing law. For companies that wish to qualify for a 7.5% discount on their workers' compensation premiums they must comply with this law.

Legislative outcome:Passed House 160-2-18, Vote #429 on Apr/20/07; passed Senate 56-0-0, Vote #175 on Mar/27/07; Signed by Gov. Perdue on May/24/07

Source: Asbestos.com on Georgia legislative voting records: SB182 Apr 30, 2007

Stacey Abrams: Allow onsite testing for drug-free workplace program

SB96: A BILL relating to drug-free workplace programs, to provide for onsite testing & oral testing.

Summary by eDrugTest.com: Georgia has a voluntary drug testing law. For companies that wish to qualify for a 7.5% discount on their workers' compensation premiums they must comply with this law.

Legislative outcome:Passed House 160-2-18, Vote #429 on Apr/20/07; Rep. Abrams voted YES; passed Senate 56-0-0, Vote #175 on Mar/27/07; Signed by Gov. Perdue on May/24/07

Source: Asbestos.com on Georgia legislative voting records: SB182 Apr 30, 2007

Zell Miller: Allow people harmed by drugs to sue drug dealers

Illegal drugs continue to be a significant problem for many families. Iím going to ask you to pass a drug dealer liability law. I want Georgians who are harmed by illegal drugs to be able to sue drug dealers. I believe they ought to be able to sue drug dealers to recover their costs. This could be a start to shifting the huge cost of the damage caused by illegal drugs back to the dealers.
Source: 1997 Georgia State of the State Address Jan 14, 1997

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