Sen. Weiner: If you can't beat it, legalize it

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

drug useA pro-family organization that wants to see "God's people living as principled citizens of both heaven and earth" says a California state senator's "new approach" to end the so-called criminalization of addiction is not the answer to the complicated problem of drug abuse.

Senate Bill 57 creates what are called "safe injection sites" where drug users can go and take illicit drugs under medical supervision. Senate Bill 73 lowers the criminal penalties on users and dealers of heroin, opiates or opium derivatives, salts, cannabis, phencyclidine (PCP), and other dangerous drugs. Meanwhile, the bills' author, Senator Scott Weiner (D-District 11), is reportedly working on another measure that would legalize all psychedelic drugs, such as LSD and "magic mushrooms."

"The War on Drugs and mass incarceration are policy and public health failures," says Weiner in a related press release.

Greg Burt, director of Capitol engagement for the California Family Council (CFC), says that while drug abuse is a complicated problem, legalizing drugs known to kill people is not the solution.

"If a product is killing someone, governments regularly outlaw those products; they're discontinued," Burt tells One News Now. "If a drug gets on the market and starts to kill people, it's taken off the market immediately. So it makes no sense for our government here in California to legalize drugs known to kill people."

Instead, Burt would like to see the state clamp down on the situation by going after the dealers and offering significant help to those who are addicted.

"What's happening is a lot of people who are possessing drugs no longer have any real consequences," he observes. "And without the threat of jail, all you get is a fine, and people living on the streets just ignore those."

Burt also points out that this effort to legalize deadly drugs is coming from a state that frowns on things like single-use plastic bags and tanning beds, citing environmental and health hazards.

"Now that we have a new administration, with a vice president from California, you're going to see a lot of these policies from California spread to the rest of the country," Burt warns. "Kids growing up have all heard the messages to stay off drugs, but this is going to send a message to young people that they must not be so bad."

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