Newsbrief: Noelle Bush Imprisoned 7/19/02

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Noelle Bush, daughter of Florida governor Jeb Bush, was jailed for three days for contempt of court this week, according to local and national press reports. A drug court judge ruled that she failed to comply with the drug treatment program to which she was committed in January for attempting to obtain Xanax from a pharmacy with a forged prescription pad. This could likely affect the dismissal of her charges in lieu of treatment.

Gov. Bush, a long-time drug war advocate, responded with a "tough love" approach toward his wayward daughter and reiterated his support for a criminal justice approach to drug problems. In a press release distributed by e-mail on Wednesday, Gov. Bush wrote:

"My family is saddened to share that our daughter Noelle has not abided by the conditions of her drug court treatment plan. Unfortunately, this happens to many individuals even as they continue their journey to full recovery. There are consequences for every action we take in our lives, and as her parents, Columba and I wish we could have prevented our daughter from making the wrong choices. We love Noelle, but she is an adult, and I respect the role of the courts in carrying out our state's drug treatment policies."

But while Gov. Bush is willing to hold to his drug warrior views even when it is his own daughter who suffers, that doesn't make it good or smart policy.

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Issue #246, 7/19/02 Editorial: Times Change | Dutch Government Plans to Restrict Coffeeshops, End Ecstasy Harm Reduction | Nevada Marijuana Amendment Draws Flack, Praise | Canadian Justice Minister Floats Decrim Trial Balloon, Takes Flack from All Sides | Barcelona Conference Hears Link Between AIDS and Injection Drug Use -- Clinton Regrets Not Lifting Ban, Bush to Keep It | New York Marijuana Reform Party in Petition Drive to Win Ballot Status | "We're Your Good Neighbors. We Smoke Pot" -- Jeff and Tracy One Year Later | Alert: DEA Moves to Schedule 2C-T-7 | Newsbrief: Cow Dung Sniffers Have Malaysian Authorities Confounded | Newsbrief: Baltimore Homicides Continue, More Juveniles Dying Than Before | Newsbrief: Noelle Bush Imprisoned | Media Scan: Time Magazine on The Philippines, Drug Testing Protest Video Highlights | The Reformer's Calendar
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