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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Green candidate wants state to surrender in war on drugs

By Steve Collins
Middletown Press, CT

Saying "the politicians of today are just cowards and incompetents," the Green Party’s gubernatorial candidate Friday called for Connecticut to surrender in the war on drugs.

"What we have to do is bring these drugs inside the law," said Clifford Thornton, who is taking aim at the state’s highest office despite the long odds against him.

Instead of pouring billions into fighting drugs and building prisons, Thornton said, society should use the money to restore its infrastructure, improve schools, clean up the environment and more.

"If we recognized drug abuse as a medical and public health problem instead of a criminal problem," he said, "the potential savings and increased tax base would be substantial."


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