Vivek Ramaswamy on Drugs



Annihilate fentanyl labs AND deal with demand side

Q: Over the past year, fentanyl has killed more than 75,000 Americans. You have vowed to use the military to "annihilate drug labs inside Mexico", something the president of Mexico said would be a hostile act, but fentanyl can easily be made anywhere and labs that are shut down can quickly be replaced. Are your tough enforcement policies offering false hope to a country racked by addiction?

Vivek Ramaswamy: To the contrary, I don't think it's going to have to come to that if we deal with the actual demand side problem that we also have in this country. The easy part is talking about how we're going to use our military to secure the border. But the harder part is dealing with the mental health epidemic raging across this country like wildfire. And there's a reason why after the opioid crisis you see fentanyl. The real false promise here is thinking that we're going to have dealt with that underlying mental health epidemic in this country by just dealing with the demand side of it.

Source: NewsNation 2023 Republican primary debate in Alabama , Dec 6, 2023

To stop fentanyl, build wall at northern border as well

Vivek Ramaswamy: And then the other thing that hasn't been discussed is the northern border. I'm the only candidate on the stage as far as I'm aware, who has actually visited the northern border. There was enough fentanyl that was captured just on the northern border last year to kill 3 million Americans. So we got to just skate to where the puck is going, not just where the puck is. Don't just build the wall, build both walls.
Source: NBC News 2023 Republican primary debate in Miami , Nov 8, 2023

Legalize marijuana, plus psychedelics for PTSD vets

Ramaswamy says he supports federally legalizing marijuana and allowing veterans with PTSD to use certain psychedelics

Ramaswamy also posted on social media: "I support decriminalizing ayahuasca & ketamine for veterans suffering from PTSD, to prevent the epidemic of fentanyl & suicide."

Ramaswamy repeatedly described decriminalization as an "important" piece of a more comprehensive drug policy, emphasizing his view that tighter border security and reduced U.S. demand for drugs are also essential. "In the long run, decriminalization, serially, is an important part of the long-run solution here," he said in June in NH, adding that he's skeptical of prohibition and is "not a war-on-drugs person."

He also stressed the availability of psychedelics as a viable alternative for people who are suffering from mental health conditions. "For veterans at least. Let's start with PTSD, where there's good evidence for psychedelics, from ayahuasca to ketamine," Ramaswamy said.

Source: 2024 Presidential campaign "Marijuana Moment" press release , Aug 15, 2023

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Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC)
Rep. Will Hurd (R-FL;withdrew)
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR)
Perry Johnson (R-IL)
Mayor Steve Laffey (R-RI)
Former V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN;withdrew)
Vivek Ramaswamy (R-OH)
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
Secy. Corey Stapleton (R-MT)
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