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Joe Biden’s quotes on substance abuse and drug laws (INFOGRAPHIC)

“I am the guy that authored that drug court policy. We should divert the convicts into treatment.”; “There is a difference between sending someone to jail for a few ounces of marijuana and legalizing it.” More quotes from Joe Biden on drug laws and public policy here.

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Famous Addiction Quotes Joe Biden [Reference Sources]Joe Biden says “Legalization is a mistake”

Even before he became a Judiciary chairman, Joe Biden has sought to take the lead on drug policy, called for the creation of a national “Drug Czar,” and has crafted laws to control narcotics. Although his proposed measures ware widely viewed as a failure, he hardly ever abandoned his views, saying:

“There’s a difference between sending someone to jail for a few ounces and legalizing it. The punishment should fit the crime. But I think legalization is a mistake. I still believe it’s a gateway drug. I’ve spent a lot of my life as chairman of the Judiciary Committee dealing with this. I think it would be a mistake to legalize.”

Public policy and drug laws

Then came the idea of banning smoking in public places nation wide, in order to reduce chronic illnesses. But, it won’t really stop those who want to light a cigarette from smoking…right?!

Explore our infographic to read more of Joe Biden’s thoughts regarding drug use policies, drug addiction and penalties for drug-associated crimes. Would you like to share your own thoughts on this subject? We welcome your comments and questions in the section below. We appreciate your feedback an try to respond personally and promptly.

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Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.

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