3 Short Cong. Record articles re: Drug Legalization
[Note: It is alleged Rep. Solomon has a serious drinking problem]
HON. GERALD B.H. SOLOMON
in the House of Representatives
THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 1995
Mr. SOLOMON. Mr. Speaker, I would like to bring attention to the truth
about proposed legalization-decriminalization policies. Members have
recently heard from the CATO Institute announcing a policy forum
questioning the usefulness of continuing 'the unwinnable war' on drugs.
This forum is clearly just a thinly-veiled attempt to legitimize CATO's
own prolegalization position.
However, what CATO refuses to publicly acknowledge are the devastating
results of legalization-decriminalization policy, as evidenced in the
Netherlands, where such a policy has been in place since the early
1980's. The president of the Dutch National Committee on Drug Prevention,
K.F. Gunning, M.D., reports that crime and drug use have skyrocketed
since the implementation of legalization in the Netherlands. According to
the Dutch Government, their legalization-decriminalization has resulted
in: A 250-percent increase in drug use since 1993; a doubling of
marijuana use by students since 1988; armed robberies up by 70
percent; shootings up by 40 percent; car thefts up by 60 percent.
The number of registered addicts in the Netherlands has risen 22 percent
in the past 5 years, and there were 25,000 new addicts in 1993 alone. In
addition, the number of organized crime groups in the Netherlands has
increased from 3 in 1988 to 93 in 1993. For good reason, the American
public has zero tolerance for legalization schemes.
Mr. Speaker, drug legalization has clearly been a disastrous mistake for
the Netherlands. If organizations like CATO achieve their goals, drug
legalization will worsen the crime and drug problem in America as well.
DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION OPPOSES THE USE OF MARIJUANA AS MEDICINE
Friday, June 30, 1995
Mr. SOLOMON. Mr. Speaker, in a June 21, information release the Drug
Enforcement Administration [DEA] denounced a recent article in the
Journal of the American Medical Association [JAMA] which advocated the
use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Thomas Constantine,
administrator of the DEA, stated:
I am very concerned about the JAMA commentary that advocates the medical
use of marijuana . Marijuana is listed as Schedule I under the
Controlled Substance Act because it has a high potential for abuse and no
currently accepted medical use.
There is very little evidence of positive medicinal uses of marijuana .
According to Constantine, organizations such as the American Glaucoma
Society have expressed 'concern over the harmful effects of marijuana
and the lack of solid research demonstrating that its use would do more
good than harm.' And this is not due to lack of research. Since 1971, the
DEA has registered 1,605 applicants as qualified to do research with
With the drug problem growing at tremendous rates, we must not legitimize
marijuana by using it in our hospitals. As Constantine states:
At a time when drug use represents a major threat to our society, in
particular our youth, it is extremely important to rely upon sound
medical studies rather than anecdotal information to determine the proper
place of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.
CONGRESSIONAL VOTE ON DRUG LEGALIZATION
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 1995
Mr. SOLOMON. Mr. Speaker, for the remainder of this Congressional session
I intend to offer several amendments prohibiting Federal funds from being
used for any study or research on the legalization of drugs. These votes
will serve to put the House on record in opposition to drug legalization.
The U.S. Congress, In An Overwhelmingly Vote, Going To Oppose The
Legalization Of Drugs.
Those who support legalization would have us believe that we ought to
decriminalize drugs because we have lost the war on drugs. We are not
losing this war.
The truth is that during the Reagan-Bush years drug use dropped, from 24
million in 1979 to 11 million in 1992. Unfortunately, those hard fought
gains have been wasted. Under President Clinton's watch this trend has
been reversed and drug use is again increasing.
The only lasting legacy of the Clinton Presidency will be a dramatic
increase in the use of illegal drugs and the consequences of escalating
violence and misery associated with them.
As a country, we have never really waged an all out war on drugs. It is
time we declared such a war and I am pleased the Speaker is talking about
altering the rules of engagement.
He should start this campaign by pulling the tax free status from
organizations which are encouraging young people to take drugs.
Organizations like the Drug Policy Foundation, whole sole purpose is to
lobby for the legalization of dangerous drugs operates under a tax free
In other words, America's parents who are struggling to make ends meet
and trying their best to raise their children drug free, are required to
pay extra taxes to subsidize the Drug Policy Foundation.
Listen to what the Partnership for a Drug Free America says about
teenagers' views on drugs:
Most recent trends among teens indicate a reversal in the attitudes that
distinguish non-users from users--perception of risk and social
disapproval--and the consequences are an increase in the use of
marijuana, LSD, and cocaine.
But even this administration is now opposed to legalizing drugs. In a
recent speech entitled 'Why the U.S. Will Never Legalize Drugs', our
Nation's Drug Czar, Lee Brown called drug legalization the moral
equivalent of genocide.
Listen carefully to his words,
When we look at the plight of many of our youth today, especially African
American males, I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that
legalizing drugs would be the moral equivalent of genocide.
Legalizing addictive, mind altering drugs legal is an invitation to
disaster for communities, that are already under siege. Making drugs more
readily available would only propel more individuals into a life of crime
Contrary to what the legalization proponents say, profit is not the only
reason for the high rates of violence associated with the drug trade . .
. drugs are illegal because they are harmful, to both body and mind.
Those who can least afford further hardship in their lives would be much
worse off if drugs were legalized. Without it laws that make the laws
that make drug use illegal, we would easily have three times as many
Americans using cocaine and crack.
According to the Drug Czar, legalization would create three times as many
drug users and addicts in this country. And what does this translate to
on the streets? It means hundreds of thousands of additional newborns
addicted to drugs.
According to the Partnership for a Drug Free America, 1 out of ever 10
babies in the U.S. is born addicted to drugs. I guess the advocates of
legalization must not think this percentage is high enough
I challenge anyone in this chamber to go down the street and tell the
nurses at D.C. General, who care for these children, that we need to
legalize drugs. You will end up with a black eye! And here is another
shocking fact * * * today in America over 11 percent of pregnant women
use an illegal drug during pregnancy, including heroin, PCP,
marijuana , and most commonly, crack cocaine. A sure fire way to
worsen this problem would be to legalize drugs.
According to a recent University of Michigan study of 50,000 high school
students, drug use is up in all grades. Drug use is up among all students
for crack, cocaine, heroin, stimulants, LSD, and marijuana.
Increased drug use also contributes to domestic violence. In fact, drug
use is a factor in half of all family violence, most of it directed
against women, And over 30 percent of all child abuse cases involve a
parent using illegal drugs. Legalizing drugs will mean more violence
against women and children.
And look at the problem with education in this country. The dropout rate
in the United States is over 25 percent, and 50 percent in the major
cities. A recent study of 11th graders showed that over half of the drug
users dropped out--twice the rate of those drug-free. Drugs rob kids of
their motivation and self-esteem, leaving them unable to concentrate and
indifferent to learning. Millions of these kids end up on welfare or in
Drug abuse in the workplace, crack babies, welfare, high dropout rates,
escalating health care costs, crack babies * *
Could it get any worse? If we legalized drug it would get much worse.
These problems are all interrelated but the common denominator is drug
abuse. Legalizing drugs would be to say that all of this is acceptable *
* * it is not acceptable.
My amendments will send a strong and long overdue message to the young
people in this country, that under no circumstances is the U.S. Congress
ever going to legalize drugs.
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