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Jon Tester on Drugs

Democratic Jr Senator

 


Supports medical and recreational marijuana

Source: Cannabis Voter Project report on 2020 candidates , Jul 2, 2019

Medical marijuana ok; full legalization later

Q: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?

Matt Rosendale (R): Supports medical marijuana. State should determine recreational use.

Jon Tester (D): Supports medical use. Feds need to respect vote. Hesitant about full legalization, but alcohol arguably worse.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Montana Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Tough penalties for manufacturing & selling drugs

Jon Tester supports giving law enforcement the resources they need to reduce crime and supports tough penalties for people who manufacture or sell drugs. Meth, in particular, is a critical issue facing Montana families. Tester voted for legislation that increases funding for drug task forces and establishes some of the toughest laws in the country to shut down meth labs. Sen. Burns, on the other hand, recently voted for massive cuts to Montana’s drug task force.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.testerforsenate.com/issues , Oct 1, 2006

Rated B+ by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance.

Tester scores B+ by the NORML on drug reform

OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2016 NORML scores as follows:

About NORML (from their website, www.norml.org):

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.

NORML is a nonprofit, public-interest lobby that for more than 30 years has provided a voice for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition. We represent the interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly and believe the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana should no longer be a crime.

NORML supports the removal of all criminal penalties for the private possession & responsible use of marijuana by adults, including the cultivation for personal use, and the casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts. This model is called "decriminalization."

NORML additionally supports the development of a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers could purchase it from a safe, legal and regulated source. This model is referred to as "legalization."

NORML believes that marijuana smoking is not for kids and should only be used responsibly by adults. As with alcohol consumption, it must never be an excuse for misconduct or other bad behavior. Driving or operating heavy equipment while impaired from marijuana should be prohibited.

NORML strongly supports the right of patients to use marijuana as a medicine when their physician recommends it to relieve pain and suffering.

Lastly, NORML supports the right of farmers to commercially cultivate hemp for industrial purposes, such as food and fiber production.

Source: NORML website 16_NORML on Nov 8, 2016

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