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Joe Biden on Drugs
Outgoing Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 17 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • OpEd: Executive privilege doesn't apply to "Fast & Furious". (Jun 2012)
  • Marijuana is a gateway drug; legalization is a mistake. (Dec 2010)
  • 1988: Crafted new law creating national Drug Czar. (Oct 2010)
  • 1990 crime bill: tougher penalties for drug offenders. (Oct 2010)
  • Took lead on drug policy & narcotics control. (Nov 2007)
  • National ban on smoking would reduce chronic illnesses. (Sep 2007)
  • Absolutely do not lower drinking age from 21. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: 40,000 babies with alcohol syndrome, not 300,000. (Sep 2007)
  • Increase penalties for dealing drugs near schools. (Sep 2007)
  • Most violent crime is related to drugs. (Jul 2007)
  • Divert drug offenders out of prison system. (Jun 2007)
  • Created nation’s Drug Czar Office & drug courts. (Dec 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
  • Rename "Drug Abuse" institute as "Diseases of Addiction". (Mar 2007)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
  • Enhance interdiction by criminalizing unflagged submarines. (Jul 2008)
Jeb Bush on Drugs
Former Republican FL Governor
Click here for 12 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • Opposed medical marijuana on Florida ballot question. (Sep 2015)
  • Smoked pot & drank alcohol in late 1960s high school. (Feb 2015)
  • My high school drug use was "stupid" and "wrong". (Feb 2015)
  • No medical marijuana; it's just a guise toward legalization. (Aug 2014)
  • Illegal drugs moving over US-Mexico border has intensified. (Mar 2013)
  • Deploy military on both sides of the US-Mexican border. (Mar 2013)
  • Funding to reduce teen substance abuse and tobacco use. (Mar 2004)
  • Create a prescription drug tracking system to prevent abuse. (Mar 2004)
  • Opposed treatment instead of jail for nonviolent drug users. (Sep 2002)
  • Mandatory prison sentences for drug offenses. (Nov 2001)
  • Reduce drug use by 50% by prevention & enforcement. (Jul 1999)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Ben Carson on Drugs
Tea Party challenger in Republican primary
Click here for 9 full quotes by Ben Carson OR click here for Ben Carson on other issues.
  • Change national narrative so fewer die from drugs. (Nov 2015)
  • Addiction results from weakened values. (Nov 2015)
  • Exposure to marijuana results in decreased IQ. (Oct 2015)
  • Marijuana is a starter drug; keep barriers to hedonism. (Oct 2015)
  • Intensify the War on Drugs at federal level. (Oct 2015)
  • Maybe medical marijuana, but recreational use is a gateway. (Oct 2015)
  • Marijuana for medical use, but not for recreational use. (Jan 2014)
  • Religion kept me away from 1960s sex and drugs. (Jan 2012)
  • Reducing blood alcohol limit to .02 reduces drunk driving. (Jan 2012)
Hillary Clinton on Drugs
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 15 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • $10B to prevent quiet epidemic of drug & alcohol addiction. (Oct 2016)
  • $1B per year to help states with opioid epidemic. (Jan 2016)
  • $10B plan for opiate addiction over 10 years. (Dec 2015)
  • Stop imprisoning marijuana users. (Oct 2015)
  • More drug diversion; more community policing. (Apr 2015)
  • Medical marijuana now; wait-and-see on recreational pot. (Jul 2014)
  • Medical marijuana maybe ok; states decide recreational use. (Jun 2014)
  • Reduce sentencing disparity for crack, but not retroactively. (Dec 2007)
  • 1969: held herself aloof from college drug counterculture. (Jul 2007)
  • Divert non-violent drug offenders away from prison. (Jun 2007)
  • Address drug problem with treatment and special drug courts. (Oct 2000)
  • Ambiguous reports of 1960s college alcohol & drug use. (Aug 1999)
  • Involved parents most influential in reducing teen drug use. (Sep 1996)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)
Ted Cruz on Drugs
Republican Texas Senator
Click here for 7 full quotes by Ted Cruz OR click here for Ted Cruz on other issues.
  • Let's see what happens in Colorado with legalization. (Nov 2015)
  • Lower minimums and mandatory sentencing for drugs. (Apr 2015)
  • 2014: federal enforcement; 2015: let states experiment. (Mar 2015)
  • I disagree with states legalizing pot, but it's their right. (Feb 2015)
  • Let states be laboratories of democracy on marijuana. (Feb 2015)
  • I foolishly smoked pot when young, but never since. (Feb 2015)
  • Rated C by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform. (Nov 2016)
Carly Fiorina on Drugs
Republican primary challenger and former CEO
Click here for 6 full quotes by Carly Fiorina OR click here for Carly Fiorina on other issues.
  • Marijuana is a very complex chemical substance, unlike beer. (Nov 2015)
  • Marijuana laws should be left to the states. (Oct 2015)
  • I don't support legal pot, but I support states' pot choice. (Oct 2015)
  • Drug addiction is an epidemic that takes our young people. (Sep 2015)
  • Stepdaughter died of addiction; invest in treatment of drugs. (Sep 2015)
  • Provide Mexico support in war on drugs. (Sep 2010)
Lindsey Graham on Drugs
Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3)
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  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Enhance interdiction by criminalizing unflagged submarines. (Jul 2008)
  • Rated B- by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
Mike Huckabee on Drugs
Former Republican AR Governor
Click here for 10 full quotes by Mike Huckabee OR click here for Mike Huckabee on other issues.
  • Drug courts reduce both cost & recidivism. (Apr 2015)
  • 1999: doubled methamphetamine sentences. (Dec 2007)
  • More drug courts & rehab, instead of incarceration. (Sep 2007)
  • Drug education fails; drug punishment works. (Jun 2007)
  • Supports drug courts for non-violent drug offendors. (Jan 2007)
  • Stricter penalties for drug-related crimes. (Nov 2002)
  • Treatment for drug use instead of incarceration. (Jan 2001)
  • Informational videos don't work and never will. (Sep 1997)
  • Curb supply by eradication; change attitudes to curb demand. (Nov 1992)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Bobby Jindal on Drugs
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
Click here for 4 full quotes by Bobby Jindal OR click here for Bobby Jindal on other issues.
  • No legalization; but focus on rehabilitation for addicts. (Jun 2014)
  • We lock up too many people for casual drug use. (Feb 2014)
  • Never experimented with drugs as a youth. (Nov 2010)
  • Rated -10 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Dec 2006)
Gary Johnson on Drugs
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
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  • Mass shootings result from War on Drugs "shoot first" notion. (Jul 2016)
  • Harm reduction strategies for heroin but no legalization. (Jul 2016)
  • No legalization of heroin, but apply harm reduction. (Jun 2016)
  • Marijuana has fewer side-effects than alcohol: no hangover. (Apr 2016)
  • States are finally seeing the failure of the War on Drugs. (Jan 2016)
  • Why do we tell adults what they can put in their bodies? (Jan 2016)
  • People 95% positive on legalizing; incumbents 100% negative. (Aug 2012)
  • Marijuana is safer than alcohol. (Aug 2012)
  • 75% of border violence with Mexico is due to drugs. (Jun 2011)
  • Legalize marijuana instead of 1.8 million arrests and $70B. (May 2011)
  • Harm-reduction: health issue rather than criminal issue. (May 2011)
  • Drug policy today parallels Prohibition in the 1920's. (May 2011)
  • Other governors privately support ending drug war. (Oct 2002)
  • War on Drugs is a miserable failure; $6M for treatment. (Apr 2001)
  • Drug use is up despite $30B spending on War on Drugs. (Jan 2001)
  • Prescriptions for heroin & methadone at local pharmacy. (Jan 2001)
  • Allow medical marijuana and needle exchanges. (Jan 2001)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
  • States should make drug policy, not feds. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports legalizing and regulating marijuana. (Nov 2016)
Tim Kaine on Drugs
Democratic Senate Challenger; previously Governor
Click here for 7 full quotes by Tim Kaine OR click here for Tim Kaine on other issues.
  • FDA and Big Pharma to blame for opioid dependency. (Sep 2016)
  • Against decriminalizing marijuana at state or federal level. (Jul 2016)
  • Supported Senate bill to fight opioid epidemic. (Jul 2016)
  • Reduce sentences but do not decriminalize pot. (Jan 2010)
  • Anti-drug and anti-gang units in State Police. (Nov 2005)
  • Rated C+ by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Nov 2016)
  • Criminalize imports of opioid precursors. (Feb 2017)
John Kasich on Drugs
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President
Click here for 14 full quotes by John Kasich OR click here for John Kasich on other issues.
  • Longer prison sentences for fentanyl-related offenses. (Aug 2018)
  • Make low-level drug use a misdemeanor; treatment not prison. (Aug 2018)
  • Shut down the pill mills; put crooked doctors in jail. (Apr 2017)
  • StartTalking! Talk to kids to say no to opiates. (Apr 2017)
  • No mixed message: don't do opioids & don't do marijuana. (Mar 2017)
  • 2016: Legalized medical marijuana, with tight regulations. (Mar 2017)
  • Don't send mixed signals to kids by legalizing. (Oct 2015)
  • The tsunami of drugs threatens families. (Aug 2015)
  • 50% lower chance of drug use if kids hear "don't do drugs". (Feb 2015)
  • Refuse to celebrate the drug-filled lifestyle. (May 2006)
  • Educate students that marijuana is a gateway drug. (Oct 1999)
  • Place babies of addicted mothers into foster homes. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated B- by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
Evan McMullin on Drugs
Conservative independent challenger
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  • Opposes legalization of marijuana. (Oct 2016)
Martin O`Malley on Drugs
Democratic Former Governor of Maryland
Click here for 5 full quotes by Martin O`Malley OR click here for Martin O`Malley on other issues.
  • Opioid addiction crisis comes from over-prescribing. (Dec 2015)
  • Executive Order to address this heroin epidemic. (Feb 2015)
  • Proportionality in marijuana arrests, but not legalization. (Jan 2014)
  • Let Colorado experiment with legalization, not Maryland. (Jan 2014)
  • Baltimore recovered from open-air drug markets. (Nov 2013)
Barack Obama on Drugs
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 18 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • We share cross-border drug problem with Mexico. (Sep 2012)
  • Fast & Furious was completely wrongheaded; we've stopped it. (Sep 2012)
  • OpEd: More Mexicans killed in Drug War than soldiers in Iraq. (Aug 2009)
  • Yes, he still smokes while President. (Jun 2009)
  • Look at needle exchange; and expand treatment. (Feb 2008)
  • Fight to rid our communities of meth. (Feb 2008)
  • Expand drug courts; help prisoners with substance abuse. (Feb 2008)
  • 2001: questions harsh penalties for drug dealing. (Oct 2007)
  • Not first candidate to use drugs, but first honest about it. (Oct 2007)
  • Do not lower drinking age from 21 to 18. (Sep 2007)
  • Experimented with cocaine but turned down heroin. (Aug 2007)
  • A “secret smoker”, especially around reporters. (Aug 2007)
  • Smokes cigarettes now; smoked some pot in high school. (Feb 2007)
  • Admitted marijuana use in high school & college. (Jan 2007)
  • Deal with street-level drug dealing as minimum-wage affair. (Oct 2006)
  • Understand why youngsters want to use drugs. (Aug 1996)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)
Sarah Palin on Drugs
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
Click here for 8 full quotes by Sarah Palin OR click here for Sarah Palin on other issues.
  • 1996: Allow Wasilla bars to stay open until 5 AM. (Sep 2011)
  • Rejected making Wasilla bars close earlier than 5 AM. (Sep 2008)
  • Highway fatalities down because of strict drunk driving laws. (Aug 2008)
  • Maintain alcohol sale database; bar giving alcohol to minors. (Jun 2007)
  • Questions cruise ship gambling, under casino gambling ban. (Oct 2006)
  • Opposes legalizing marijuana, but meth is greater threat. (Aug 2006)
  • Smoked marijuana when it was legal under Alaska law. (Aug 2006)
  • Top priorities include gangs & drugs; they harm family life. (Jul 2006)
Rand Paul on Drugs
Republican Kentucky Senator
Click here for 16 full quotes by Rand Paul OR click here for Rand Paul on other issues.
  • More rehabilitation and less incarceration. (Sep 2015)
  • Apply 10th Amendment to let states keep pot legal. (Sep 2015)
  • Pot laws result in poor kids going to jail & not rich kids. (Sep 2015)
  • End hypocrisy and over-criminalization of marijuana. (Feb 2015)
  • Jailing people for 10 years for marijuana is ridiculous. (Nov 2014)
  • Whites & blacks use drugs, but prisons are full of blacks. (Jul 2014)
  • War on drugs has unintentionally had a racial outcome. (Jun 2014)
  • Don't promote marijuana but don't jail non-violent criminals. (Mar 2013)
  • Tackle drug problem; no one cares where funding comes from. (Oct 2010)
  • Community treatment instead of federal anti-drug programs. (Aug 2010)
  • Drug abuse isn't a pressing issue; 10-20 years is too harsh. (Aug 2010)
  • Favors legalizing medical marijuana. (May 2010)
  • Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana. (Aug 2012)
  • Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws. (Feb 2013)
  • Rated B+ by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
  • Immunity for banks offering services to marijuana businesses. (Apr 2015)
Mike Pence on Drugs
Republian nominee for Vice President; Governor of Indiana; former Representative (IN-6)
Click here for 10 full quotes by Mike Pence OR click here for Mike Pence on other issues.
  • Indiana will be tough on narcotics and drug dealers. (Jul 2016)
  • Confront the growing epidemic of drug abuse. (Jan 2016)
  • Signed legislation allowing needle exchange. (Sep 2015)
  • Do not legalize: pot is a gateway drug. (Sep 2015)
  • I don't support legalization of marijuana. (Feb 2014)
  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Rated -20 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 25% by NORML, indicating an anti-legalization stance. (Jan 2014)
  • Rated F by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Nov 2016)
Rick Perry on Drugs
Republican Governor (TX)
Click here for 11 full quotes by Rick Perry OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • Too many Texans imprisoned for nonviolent drug offenses. (Jul 2015)
  • Treat addiction as a disease, not as criminal behavior. (Apr 2015)
  • Indicted for defunding D.A. who got caught drunk-driving. (Aug 2014)
  • They're not "cartels", they're narcoterrorists. (Aug 2014)
  • Criminalize "doctor-shopping" to obtain prescription opiates. (Jun 2011)
  • Fight cross-border violence as part of drug war. (Feb 2011)
  • Medical marijuana OK for California, but not Texas. (Nov 2010)
  • Drug trade causes soaring violence on southern border. (Nov 2010)
  • ACLU shouldn't protest random drug sweeps in public housing. (Feb 2008)
  • Protect the border from drug traffickers. (Feb 2007)
  • States should make drug policy, not feds. (Aug 2001)
Marco Rubio on Drugs
Republican Florida Senator
Click here for 12 full quotes by Marco Rubio OR click here for Marco Rubio on other issues.
  • Prove medical benefits to FDA before legalizing marijuana. (Oct 2016)
  • Medical marijuana could be OK, but not recreational use. (Aug 2015)
  • No responsible way to recreationally use marijuana. (May 2015)
  • Legalizing would be a mistake; reduce sentences carefully. (Apr 2015)
  • There is no responsible way to recreationally use marijuana. (May 2014)
  • Enforce federal laws even where states have legalized pot. (May 2014)
  • Enforce federal law even in states with legal pot. (May 2014)
  • 1987: Brother-in-law imprisoned for drug conviction. (Jun 2012)
  • 1986 brother-in-law's drug bust unexamined until 2011. (Jun 2012)
  • Brother-in-law's trial prosecuted by House member's spouse. (Jun 2012)
  • Teach students skills to avoid gangs, violence, & drugs. (Nov 2006)
  • Rated F by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Nov 2016)
Bernie Sanders on Drugs
Democratic primry challenger; Socialist Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 16 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • We must end the "War on drugs". (Nov 2016)
  • Opioid treatment instead of locking them up. (Nov 2016)
  • Pharmaceutical companies are responsible for opioid epidemic. (Jan 2016)
  • Why police records for marijuana but not white collar crime? (Jan 2016)
  • Take marijuana out of the controlled substances list. (Dec 2015)
  • Treat addiction as a disease, not a crime. (Dec 2015)
  • I would vote for recreational marijuana, to reduce jailings. (Oct 2015)
  • War on drugs is a failed policy; treatment over punishment. (Sep 2015)
  • Decriminalize marijuana and study recreational legalization. (Sep 2015)
  • Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Legalize medical marijuana. (Jul 2001)
  • Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana. (Aug 2012)
  • Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws. (Feb 2013)
  • Rated A+ by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
  • Criminalize imports of opioid precursors. (Feb 2017)
Rick Santorum on Drugs
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 7 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • Marijuana is a controlled substance for a reason. (Oct 2015)
  • Colorado has no right to violate federal drug laws. (Apr 2015)
  • Smoked pot in college, but knew it was wrong. (Mar 2011)
  • Kids living with married parents less likely to use drugs. (Apr 2006)
  • Bigger drug problem since welfare state started. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
Jill Stein on Drugs
Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor
Click here for 7 full quotes by Jill Stein OR click here for Jill Stein on other issues.
  • Replace drug prohibition with harm reduction. (Aug 2016)
  • The war on drugs is racist. (May 2016)
  • End the racist war on drugs and school-to-prison pipeline. (Feb 2015)
  • Transform from criminal drug system to public health system. (Nov 2012)
  • I support legalization of marijuana. (Jan 2012)
  • Marijuana is dangerous because it's illegal, not vice-versa. (Dec 2011)
  • Bring marijuana sales under a legal regulatory framework. (Sep 2010)
Donald Trump on Drugs
2016 Republican nominee for President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 16 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • Melania's "Be Best": focus on well-being & opioid abuse. (May 2018)
  • Execute drug dealers to fight opioid epidemic. (Mar 2018)
  • Tougher on drug dealers to end scourge of opioids. (Jan 2018)
  • 2016: let states decide on pot; 2018: feds over state law. (Jan 2018)
  • Stop drugs pouring into country & poisoning our youth. (Feb 2017)
  • Apply resources to stop the inflow of opioids into America. (Oct 2016)
  • Agrees with Hillary on cautious approach to legalizing pot. (May 2016)
  • Brother died of alcoholism; so Donald never touched alcohol. (Jan 2016)
  • Study legalization, but don't legalize now. (Nov 2015)
  • Yes to medical marijuana; otherwise, decide state by state. (Oct 2015)
  • 1990: Drug enforcement is a joke; 2015: only medical pot. (Oct 2015)
  • 1991: Illicit drugs should be decriminalized. (Sep 2015)
  • Legalize drugs and use tax revenue to fund drug education. (Apr 2011)
  • Never drinks, smokes, nor does drugs. (Feb 2011)
  • Gave second chance to Miss USA who got caught with drugs. (Sep 2008)
  • Never touched drugs, nor alcohol, tobacco, or coffee. (Jul 2000)
Scott Walker on Drugs
Republican Wisconsin Governor
Click here for 5 full quotes by Scott Walker OR click here for Scott Walker on other issues.
  • More drug testing for unemployment insurance applicants. (Feb 2017)
  • Heroin Opiate Prevention & Education: HOPE combats abuse. (Apr 2015)
  • Drug testing is common sense policy for workplace safety. (Apr 2015)
  • Opposes Colorado's legalization of marijuana. (Feb 2015)
  • Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Nov 2016)
James Webb on Drugs
Former Virginia Democratic Senator
Click here for 6 full quotes by James Webb OR click here for James Webb on other issues.
  • Stop locking up people for mere possession. (Nov 2015)
  • Everything should be on the table, including legalization. (Nov 2015)
  • Drug courts to deal with drugs as a sickness. (Apr 2015)
  • Drug abuse is a sickness and we've got to treat the sickness. (Sep 2011)
  • Add Virginia to High Intensity Drug Trafficking program. (Sep 2011)
  • Recommend drug policy to deal with growth of incarceration. (Apr 2009)
Bill Weld on Drugs
Libertarian Party nominee for Vice President; former Republican Massachusetts Governor
Click here for 6 full quotes by Bill Weld OR click here for Bill Weld on other issues.
  • Tighten opioid prescription rules to keep them off streets. (Jul 2016)
  • 100 million Americans who've smoked dope are not criminals. (Jul 2016)
  • Substance abuse cases should not go to criminal prison. (Jun 2016)
  • Favors medical marijuana and needle-exchange programs. (Aug 2005)
  • Favors "clean" needle giveaways to drug addicts. (Aug 1997)
  • Less welfare for drug users; tougher sentences for offenders. (Oct 1996)


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