Republican presidential nominee contender Newt Gingrich said Saturday he would favor the use of the death penalty against Mexican drug trafficking organization leaders. The comments came in an interview with Yahoo News in which the former Georgia congressman and Speaker of the House also called medical marijuana in California "a joke" and suggested he would try to make life miserable for US drug users as a means of driving down drug use rates.-Newt Gingrich on the Drug War: Execute Mexican Cartel Leaders (And More Terribly Draconian Ideas)
Wait, the US already has the world's largest prison population, much of that a direct result of the failed "war" on drugs, and Newt the evil one wants more of the same failed policies? Does he own stock in or have friends in the thriving for-profit prison industry?
According to Gingrich, a relaxed policy on marijuana sends a “confusing signal” about other drugs. Yet cigarettes and alcohol are widely used and that is not confusing in Gingrich’s mind.
Continuing the current federal policy does not allow states the right to have medical marijuana, although both the Bush and Obama administrations have looked the other way over this conflict. As the interview proceeded, Gingrich suggested that he wouldn’t look the other way. Gingrich wants to take care of medical marijuana abuse in California by banning it altogether. Other legal, addictive painkillers are not banned because of misuse. Laws are simply put into place to restrict the abuse. There is always a different standard for marijuana.
In the final analysis, what is the difference between drinking a legal six-pack of beer and smoking a joint?-Newt Gingrich on Drugs: If You Take Drugs You Don’t Have “Full Citizenship”
Gingrich: I think if you are, for example, the leader of a cartel, sure. Look at the level of violence they’ve done to society. You can either be in the Ron Paul tradition and say there’s nothing wrong with heroin and cocaine or you can be in the tradition that says, ‘These kind of addictive drugs are terrible, they deprive you of full citizenship and they lead you to a dependency which is antithetical to being an American.’ If you’re serious about the latter view, then we need to think through a strategy that makes it radically less likely that we’re going to have drugs in this country.
Places like Singapore have been the most successful at doing that. They’ve been very draconian. And they have communicated with great intention that they intend to stop drugs from coming into their country.
So there's Gingrich's "solution", the fascist laws of Singapore!
Oh, and Ron Paul never said anything close to "there's nothing wrong with heroin and cocaine" (another Newt lie from Gingrich the Prevaricator), all he has stated is that liberty demands that you sometimes let people make bad choices, and that being against criminalising non-violent activties does not mean you approve of those choices. I don't, for example, approve of divorcing your sick wife while having an affair with someone else, but I don't favor making it a crime.