St. Mary’s County Commissioners Take a Stand in War on Drugs

October 25, 2016

seal-st-marys-209x194Like many communities across America, St. Mary’s County has experienced numerous problems associated with illicit drug use and those who traffic in them. Governments and community leaders know citizen support is one of the most effective tools in the effort to reduce the use of illicit drugs. With that as a foundation the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County recognized the Red Ribbon Campaign and the Southern Maryland Young Marines in their continuing efforts to curb illegal drug use in the county.

Congress established the Red Ribbon Campaign in 1988 to encourage a drug-free lifestyle and involvement in drug prevention and education efforts. This year the week of October 21 – 29 has been designated National Red Ribbon Week. Americans are encouraged to wear a red ribbon to show their support for a drug-free environment. The 2016 National Red Ribbon theme is “YOLO. Be Drug Free” (YOLO stands for You Only Live Once).

“There is hope in winning the war on drugs, and that hope lies in education and drug demand reduction, coupled with the hard work and determination of organizations, such as the Southern Maryland Young Marines, to foster a healthy, drug-free lifestyle,” said Commissioner Todd Morgan (4th District).

In proclaiming National Red Ribbon Week, the commissioners urged citizens to join them in marking the observance now and throughout the year.



8 Responses to St. Mary’s County Commissioners Take a Stand in War on Drugs

  1. Eric on October 25, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Well shoot, we are gonna win the war on drugs now!

  2. Bucky_Wheat on October 25, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    “There is hope in winning the war on drugs”… No, no there isn’t. It is a “war” that was doomed from the start.

  3. AliceW on October 25, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    It is going to take more than wearing a red ribbon to clean up this county. The red ribbon was a President Reagan legacy the legacy Obama is leaving is letting 705 drug dealers out of prison because he considers drugs a non violent crime. Next time you go to a friends funeral that died from drugs and when they close the lid on them. Try and figure out how drugs are considered non violent. We need welfare laws to require drug test before and support is paid out. Unemployment needs to pass a drug test. Why are the parents/friends not turning in drug dealers. Let’s have a hundred percent school drug test for graduation or progression to the next grade. Also when was the last time you heard from the highly paid Federal Drug Czar?

    • Malcolm Kyle on October 26, 2016 at 5:52 am

      You owe the rest of us answers to the following questions:

      #1. Why are you not concerned with the fact that we have all been stripped of our unalienable rights, leaving us totally subordinate to a corporatized despotic government and a corrupt, militarized police force whose often deadly intrusions into our homes and lives are condoned by an equally corrupt and spineless judiciary?

      #2. Why do you wish to continue to spend $50 billion a year to prosecute and cage your fellow citizens for choosing substances which are not more dangerous than those of which you yourself probably use and approve of, such as alcohol and tobacco?

      #3. Do you honestly expect the rest of us to look on passively while you waste another trillion dollars on this ruinously expensive garbage policy?

      #4. Why are you waging war on your own family, friends and neighbors?

      #5. Why are you so complacent with the fact that our once ‘proud and free’ nation now has the largest percentage of its citizenry incarcerated than any other on the entire planet?

      #6. Why are you helping to fuel a budget crisis to the point of closing hospitals, schools and libraries?

      #7. Why do you wish to continue spending precious resources on prohibition related undercover work while rapists and murderers walk free and additionally many cases involving murder and rape do not even get taken to trial because law enforcement priorities are subverted by your beloved failed and dangerous policy?

      #8. Why are you a supporter of the ‘prison industrial complex’ to the extent of endangering our nation’s children?

      • Keepin It Real on October 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm

        So what is YOUR idea to fix the problem? Wait… let me guess…. legalize and tax it right? Well smart guy…. do you really think all these abusers are just gonna wake up, get dressed, and get a hard working job to pay for their drugs once they are legalized? NO!! They are gonna do the same thing they are doing now except now… there will be no charges for their use and distribution of the drugs! They are still gonna steal, assault, and do whatever they have to do to get their drugs! In the end… there will still be the same problems with users (probably even more) and these same users will still NOT be contributing anything to the system because it will be the hard working people they steal from that will be paying for it!

      • Reality on October 27, 2016 at 1:55 am

        AliceW must be short for Alice in Wonderland. She has not done any research, and is obviously uneducated. She apparently failed read about how ineffective drug testing welfare recipients has been elsewhere. I would not expect a rationale response if I were you.

        She is from the same generation that bankrupted this country, and continued to push the horribly failed war on drugs. Another mindless pawn that wants to control impose her beliefs on everyone else. Certified waste of fresh air for sure.

    • Anonymous on October 26, 2016 at 6:26 am


  4. Reality on October 25, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    There is hope in winning the war on drugs – Throw more money at the symptom, while not addressing the cause