I am opposed to such a law, based on the 14th Amendment, which protects all
citizens against unequal treatment in the law.
Set a perimeter. Put up some signs. Prosecute a few dope dealers....and they will move down the street to avoid the "stiffer
penalties."Didn't we learn from the enforcement surge that
if you crack down, they'll just move somewhere else, like the Jordan River
or up the canyon? Then you have a bunch more hot spots to deal with.It's hard to believe how absurd public policy is.
Heroin addiction could be likened to a potentially fatal disease. Addicts
should not be incarcerated like a drug dealer, but shouldn't they be placed
in a rehabilitation facility? Looks like a lot of money is being spent on this
problem so I hope the results will be worth the investment. I hope the slat
fence on the border will be funded as I can't see why we can't limit
drugs, felons, and others who do not have our best interests at heart. The
opioid epidemic is about $500 billion a year. Just a small reduction would
easily pay for a wall.
This appears to be another offensive in the war on drugs. Harsh penalties, zero
tolerance and abstinence have been tried for 30 years. Utah is doubling down on
it, because we don’t want to appear soft on crime. But we’re also a
compassionate people and I believe that a leap in consciousness will occur with
the rising generation.
Does anyone really think that enhanced penalties will do anything to stop drug
dealing? I'm completely against drugs, including most pharmaceuticals, but
does anyone really think that a drug dealer is going to stop and think,
"Uh-oh, I'll get an enhanced penalty if I deal drugs here. I'd
better go down the street 200 yards more so I only get 3 years in jail instead
of 5." This is nothing more than feel-good legislation and won't do
anything to stop drug dealing.
We have to crack down on dealing whether they are part of the homeless or not.
We have to go after the people manufacturing and distributing drugs. They are
destroying our communities.
Penalties for selling and using drugs should be SEVERE always. It
shouldn't matter the proximity to a particular building or neighborhood.