The Conservative view of addiction
It would be safe to say that the Republican presidential candidate Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz is “very conservative” when it comes to the issues of drug laws, criminal justice system, legalization of medical and recreational marijuana.
So what are Ted Cruz’s opinions on drug issues? We share some of his quotes in this infographic and invite you to SHARE and comment below.
Cruz’s opinions on marijuana legalization
From a purely marijuana reform perspective, Ted Cruz is saying NO. He has stated:
“When it comes to a question of legalizing marijuana, I don’t support legalizing marijuana. If it were on the ballot in the state of Texas, I would vote no.”
However, he also believes that a marijuana reform should be left to the states to decide and as he puts it,
“[Marijuana legalization] is a legitimate question for the states to make a determination”.
On the other hand, Cruz criticized the Obama Administration for not intervening to stop the implementation of marijuana legalization in the states that voted YES. But, we are guessing that he wasn’t so much against marijuana in his youth, when allegedly, he smoked weed, as stated by a spokesperson.
His opinions on the criminal justice system
In a Brennan Center essay, Cruz wrote the following:
“Harsh mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes have contributed to prison overpopulation and are both unfair and ineffective relative to the public expense and human costs of years-long incarceration”.
Regarding the heroin epidemic issue, Cruz has stated his support for legislation to funnel more federal funds into prevention programs. However, he does not see it as an issue that is going to be solved by the government. And, he adds:
“The solution to this is going to come at the state and local level. It’s going to come from the church, it’s going to come from charities, it’s going to come from friends and families and loved ones stepping forward.”
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