DRUG LAWS AND POLICIES - 2006
The League of Women Voters of Texas supports education for drug abuse prevention. We support drug education and drug treatment programs as an alternative to incarceration.
LWV considers substance abuse and drug addiction public health issues. We support the following preventive measures which should be funded by all levels of government plus the private sector:
- educational programs aimed at keeping children from using drugs
- public education programs directed to adults
- sterile needle and syringe programs to prevent blood-borne diseases.
Laws regarding drug abuse and drug addiction should include drug treatment programs as an alternative to incarceration, and would include no criminal penalties for cannabis (marihuana) possession when recommended by a physician.
This study was adopted at Convention 2004 as a non-recommended item. The focus was to research the history of drug laws in Texas, and to evaluate current laws and policies governing the sale and use of illegal drugs, including their effects on young people, communities of color, and medical care and public health. Additionally, the League evaluated the social and economic costs of relying on prohibition, law enforcement, and imprisonment to solve problems related to drugs, and considered possible alternatives to current policies. Consensus was completed and adopted by the Board in January, 2006.
Study Committee: Elaine Talarski (San Antonio), Chair; Avo Butler (Sherman/ Grayson Co.); Sandy Elkins (Plano/Collin Co.); Betty Groepper (Tyler); Pauline Jones (El Paso); Suzanne Wills (Dallas)
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