Pete “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg has made a major play for the drug-user, drug-seller vote, telling a newspaper that he would decriminalize all drugs if elected president.
The Mayor of South Bend, Ind., and first-ever openly homosexual U.S. presidential candidate opened up during a video interview with the Des Moines Register in Iowa. He championed alternative programs as a way to fix what he describes as a “public health problem” the U.S. criminal justice system has worsened.
While some Democratic 2020 candidates have expressed similar views about marijuana use and possession, Buttigieg said that even those with class A drugs do not deserve to be locked up.
“I would not have said even five years ago what I believe now, which is that incarceration should not even be a response to drug possession,” Buttigieg told the Register last week.
When asked ‘is that across the board?’ including ‘meth or coke or ecstasy’, by the editor of the Register, Buttigieg replied about his view against incarceration for possession: “That’s right.”
“What I’ve seen is that while there continue to be all kinds of harms associated with drug possession and use, it’s also the case that we have created — in an effort to deal with what amounts to a public health problem — we have created an even bigger problem,’ The Navy Reserve veteran explained.
If only more public health crises could be solved merely by an honest desire to get better, and a simple change in behavior.