State of Connecticut secondary Archives: on Drugs

Ned Lamont: Work with legislature on legalization of marijuana

I am working with our neighboring states and look forward to working with our tribal partners on a path forward to modernize gaming in our state, as well as the legislature on legalization of marijuana. Sports betting, internet gaming, and legalized marijuana are happening all around us. Let's not surrender these opportunities to out-of-state markets or even worse, underground markets.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to Connecticut legislature Jan 6, 2021

Mark Lauretti: Law enforcement AND treatment to fight opioid abuse

Connecticut's heroin and opioid abuse have dramatically increased in recent years. Deaths related to drug use are taking a toll on our families and loved ones. Ensuring we have the right resources, prevention programs, overdose response teams, medications and treatment facilities to save lives in crisis is critical. I want to fund programs, tighten regulations on illegal drugs and prescription drugs, and fight our public health crisis throughout our state.
Source: 2018 Connecticut Governor website Aug 17, 2017

Matthew Corey: Attack drug companies & prescribing doctors first

Corey said, "It's one thing to disagree with the president on his policy but what helping hand are you lending to solve problems in this country?" Corey cited Murphy's response to the opioid epidemic in the state as an example. "I tip my hat that he's at least raised the issue but what are his ideas?'' Corey asked. "Is he going after big pharmaceutical companies? Is he going after the doctors who are prescribing these drugs? What is he doing to address this problem?"
Source: Hartford Courant on 2018 Connecticut Senatorial race Aug 22, 2016

Tom Foley: Recreational marijuana use is a gateway drug

Both men said they opposed the legalization of recreational marijuana use, calling it a "gateway drug." [Foley's primary opponent John] McKinney noted he voted in the legislature against marijuana decriminalization and the legalization of cannabis for medical uses.
Source: Connecticut Mirror on 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial debate Jul 17, 2014

Maggie Hassan: Experience & data suggest legalizing marijuana does not help

Legalizing marijuana won't help us address our substance use challenge. Experience & data suggests it will do just the opposite. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Our state already has one of the highest rates of marijuana use by young people in the country, and marijuana has real, negative health effects, especially on adolescents.

The evidence suggests that legalizing marijuana will increase the number of minors who use this drug, will make our workforce less productive and our roads less safe, and will undermine public health.

However, we do need to thoughtfully consider our current policies toward substance abuse to refocus on treatment. I do not believe that a young person with a substance problem should end up in jail, prison or with a criminal record on their first offense. That is why I would support a comprehensive review of our criminal code and our sentences to consider alternative options that will focus on treatment first.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to Connecticut legislature Feb 6, 2014

Dan Carter: Voted NO on medical marijuana for debilitating conditions

Rep. Carter voted NAY on HB 5389, PALLIATIVE USE OF MARIJUANA:Senate Bill Passed, 21-13-2, May 4, 2012; House Bill Passed, 96 -51-4, May 31, 2012; Signed by Governor Dan Malloy, May 31, 2012
Source: Connecticut legislative voting record on HB 5389 May 31, 2012

Dan Malloy: Palliative medical marijuana use for debilitating conditions

Excerpts of HB 5389, PALLIATIVE USE OF MARIJUANA:Senate Bill Passed, 21-13-2, May 4, 2012; House Bill Passed, 96 -51-4, May 31, 2012; Signed by Governor Dan Malloy, May 31, 2012
Source: Connecticut legislative voting record on HB 5389 May 31, 2012

Linda McMahon: 1989: WWE exonerated unanimously of steroid doctor misdeeds

Blumenthal reminded McMahon that during 1989, according to court records, McMahon alerted a doctor under contract with her pro-wrestling empire of an imminent federal investigation into steroids. Blumenthal said McMahon "tipped off the doctor who worked for her about a federal criminal investigation. She hired the doctor."

After the debate, a McMahon campaign spokesman challenged Blumenthal's assertion that McMahon had improperly tipped off a doctor about the steroids probe, saying, "WWE did not want to be associated with the doctor, and as is typically the case when a company wants to break any association with someone or dismiss someone, WWE provided cause. The doctor was not 'tipped off" to anything. And that memo that Dick Blumenthal invoked was entered into evidence at trial by prosecutors who made the exact same argument Blumenthal did. Twelve jurors unanimously rejected that argument, and WWE was totally exonerated without so much as calling a single witness."

Source: Connecticut Post coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate Oct 7, 2010

Linda McMahon: Husband acquitted of steroid distribution in WWE

On TV, Vince McMahon plays the heavy, still thickly muscled at 64, the result of obsessive workouts and a protein-rich diet, according to his wife. In the real world, he was tried and acquitted in federal court in New York in the 1994 on charges that he distributed steroids to his wrestlers. Linda McMahon was not a defendant.

She acknowledged that her campaign has considered making a public presentation on steroids. But McMahon typically steers the topic of steroids to one of her campaign talking points: professional wrestling is entertainment, not sport. Its performers have no incentive to use steroids, she said. Her answer ignores the obvious commercial value of her wrestlers bulking up for their theatrical appeal. Or that past steroid use by WWE wrestlers is not disputed. "There is not an incentive to use steroids in WWE. A performer's popularity in WWE is not relative to size," she said. "It is the charisma. It is the story line. It's the connection with the audience."

Source: Mark Pazniokas in The Connecticut Mirror Mar 19, 2010

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