State of Louisiana Archives: on Drugs


Antoine Pierce: Favors recreational & medical marijuana legalization

Source: 2020 Louisiana Senate campaign website AntoinePierce.com Feb 4, 2020

Ralph Abraham: Opioids are less dangerous and more effective than marijuana

From 2006 to 2012, two pharmacies in rural Mangham and Winnsboro, owned by Republican gubernatorial candidate Ralph Abraham, doled out 1,478,236 doses of powerful opioids. The two communities have a combined population of approximately 6,000 people.

Abraham has been openly enthusiastic about his support for opioid treatments, once suggesting that the drugs are far less dangerous and much more effective than medical marijuana.

"As a physician, let me tell you. What I see in my practice, from any level of marijuana use, is bad," Abraham stated in a 2014 debate. "I'm against recreational, I'm against medical. In the medical profession, for these chronic pain, poor cancer patients that need help, we have other alternatives that work better, Dilaudid, OxyContin, you name it, Oxycodone, we have several options that do a much better job for chronic pain."

Opioid overdoses surged an astonishing 14% in 2014, which was largely a consequence of physicians overprescribing the drugs.

Source: Bayou Brief on 2019 Louisiana Gubernatorial race Aug 28, 2019

Eddie Rispone: Against legalizing marijuana; need info about medical use

Rispone said, "I don't know much about marijuana." He said he would definitely be against legalizing recreational marijuana and said he would need more information about medicinal marijuana proposals before staking out a position on the issue.
Source: The Advocate on 2019 Louisiana Gubernatorial race Mar 29, 2019

John Bel Edwards: Expand medical marijuana, but no recreational usage

Marijuana: Legalize or decriminalize legalize marijuana?

Abraham: No on recreational. Current medical marijuana law OK, but don't expand.

Bel Edwards: No on recreational. Expand medical marijuana qualifying conditions.

Rispone: No on recreational

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Guide to 2019 Louisiana Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Ralph Abraham: Medical marijuana OK as-is, but no recreational usage

Marijuana: Legalize or decriminalize legalize marijuana?

Abraham: No on recreational. Current medical marijuana law OK, but don't expand.

Bel Edwards: No on recreational. Expand medical marijuana qualifying conditions.

Rispone: No on recreational

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Guide to 2019 Louisiana Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Thomas Clements: Marijuana is a benefit to people's health

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Marijuana is a gateway drug"?

A: Marijuana is a benefit to people's health. War on people with prescription marijuana’drugs’should not be a crime. It's health issues rather than crime issue.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Louisiana Senate race by OnTheIssues Jul 31, 2016

Charles Boustany: Consistently votes against marijuana reform

A number of candidates are competing to replace retiring Sen. David Vitter (R). Most notably is Rep. John Fleming (R), one of a dwindling handful of House members who consistently make a point of speaking out against marijuana law reform whenever possible.

One marijuana advocate claimed that the contest is "the only senate race that keeps me up at night" because of its potential of sending a new ardent prohibitionist to the chamber. Due to Senate rules, just one member can hold things up and cause considerable problems for reform efforts. "There are only a handful of old school reefer madness legislators willing to fight left in Congress," the advocate said. "Fleming is one of them."

Also running in the primary is Congressman Charles Boustany (R), who also consistently votes against marijuana law reform efforts but isn't nearly as vocal about it as Fleming is.

Source: Marijuana.com on 2016 Louisiana Senate race Jun 13, 2016

John Fleming: OpEd: One of few remaining "reefer madness" legislators

A number of candidates are competing to replace retiring Sen. David Vitter (R). Most notably is Rep. John Fleming (R), one of a dwindling handful of House members who consistently make a point of speaking out against marijuana law reform whenever possible.

One marijuana advocate claimed that the contest is "the only senate race that keeps me up at night" because of its potential of sending a new ardent prohibitionist to the chamber. Due to Senate rules, just one member can hold things up and cause considerable problems for reform efforts. "There are only a handful of old school reefer madness legislators willing to fight left in Congress," the advocate said. "Fleming is one of them."

Also running in the primary is Congressman Charles Boustany (R), who also consistently votes against marijuana law reform efforts but isn't nearly as vocal about it as Fleming is.

Source: Marijuana.com on 2016 Louisiana Senate race Jun 13, 2016

Jay Dardenne: Opposes legalizing marijuana

Asked two questions about marijuana, none of the major candidates said he had ever smoked marijuana, and all four opposed legalizing the drug, as other states have done.
Source: Baton Rouge Advocate on 2015 Louisiana Gubernatorial debate Oct 1, 2015

John Bel Edwards: Opposes legalizing marijuana

Asked two questions about marijuana, none of the major candidates said he had ever smoked marijuana, and all four opposed legalizing the drug, as other states have done.
Source: Baton Rouge Advocate on 2015 Louisiana Gubernatorial debate Oct 1, 2015

David Vitter: Strengthen penalties against meth and heroin dealers

As the parents of four, David and Wendy Vitter's number one priority is protecting their family. That's why keeping our streets safe and our communities drug-free isn't a cheap sound byte; its David's solid commitment. That means reforming criminal justice so we don't warehouse young, non-violent offenders with hardened criminals so that the only skills they learn are those they'll use against us.
Source: 2015 Louisiana Governor campaign website, DavidVitter.com Aug 11, 2015

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
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