90 Miles From Tyranny : Buttigieg: Heroin Possession Won’t Be Illegal Under My Administration

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Buttigieg: Heroin Possession Won’t Be Illegal Under My Administration

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said on Sunday that under his administration, heroin possession would not be illegal or would at most be a misdemeanor.

"Mayor, you not only want to decriminalize marijuana, you want to decriminalize all drug possession. You say the better answer is treatment, not incarceration," Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace said. "Isn't the fact that it's illegal to have, to possess meth and heroin, doesn't that at least in some way, the fact that it's a legal act as some deterrent to trying it in the first place?"

"I think of what we need to focus on is where you have distribution," Buttigieg said. "Possession would not be dealt with through incarceration."

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Wallace pointed out that Buttigieg's website says that all drugs would be decriminalized. Buttigieg acknowledged his stance but said drug possession could also be a misdemeanor, a class of offense usually not punished with prison time. He argued that jailing drug users "shows a profound failure in...

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