Grimes Releases New Drug Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

Report: Obama’s Kentucky Candidate Thinks ‘It’s Time To Discuss Legalizing Marijuana’

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following background information on Alison Lundergan Grimes’ plan to address the Kentucky drug epidemic.

Grimes ‘Expressed Openness To Legalizing Marijuana’ 

“…Grimes says it’s time to discuss legalizing marijuana” (Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/25/14

Ganja News: “Alison Grimes "Realizes" the Economic Benefits Of #Marijuana” (Ganja News, 9/25/14

“Grimes tackles pot…” (Politico, 9/25/14)

Grimes “Expressed Openness To Legalizing Marijuana.” “Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes expressed openness to legalizing marijuana during a rare live radio interview on Thursday.” (Politico, 9/25/14) 

Grimes Says Legalizing Marijuana A “Worthwhile” Discussion. “Appearing on a radio program for University of Kentucky sports fans Thursday, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes said it's "worthwhile" to discuss legalizing marijuana and requiring background checks for all gun purchases at gun shows.” (Lexington Herald Leader, 9/25/14

McConnell Continues Effort To Tackle Drug Epidemic 

Sen. McConnell Called Heroin “The Single Biggest Challenge.” “McConnell called heroin the single biggest challenge at both the local and federal government level. "We know this is an epidemic and in many ways Northern Kentucky has been the epicenter of the epidemic," McConnell said.” (Cincinnati Enquirer, 9/25/14

Sen. McConnell Spoke About How He Is Working To The Expand HIDTA In Kentucky. “After the speech, McConnell said he's working with the head of the government's drug control policy, Gil Kerlikowske, to expand the number of counties in Kentucky designated by the federal government as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas(HIDTA). These zones allow for more money and better coordination between federal, state and local law enforcement to combat drug trafficking, according to the White House's web site. Last year, the government added Hardin County to 29 counties that are in the state's HIDTA.” (Cincinnati Enquirer, 9/25/14)

“…the Senate Republican leader was named the "Federal Legislator of the Year" by the Kentucky Narcotics' Officers' Association earlier this month.” (Associated Press, 9/25/14

McConnell Called ‘A Champion’ For His Fight Against Drug Epidemic. “Frank Rapier, a 41-year law enforcement veteran, defended McConnell and said he able to expand a federal anti-drug trafficking program into Jefferson and Hardin counties… Rapier said McConnell used his influence to expand the program to Jefferson and Hardin counties, and added that he is constantly working to expand it into more counties. "He's been a champion," Rapier said. "The leverage he's got by being in position that he has he can bring people to the table to make so that things get worked out.” (Associated Press, 9/25/14)

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