Martin: Don’t reduce drug-free zones around schools

Henri Martin, candidate for state Senate district 31, pledged that he would fight any efforts to reduce the size of drug free zones around schools and daycares, said a press relesase from his campaign. State law prescribes that dealing or possessing drugs within 1,500 feet of schools, day cares or public housing facilities results in enhanced penalties for the individuals that violate these laws.

Over the last several legislative sessions, said the release from Martin’s campaign, Democrat lawmakers have attempted to dramatically reduce the drug free zones around schools and daycares. They have repeatedly proposed legislation that would reduce the zones from 1,500 feet to 200 feet, nearly an 87 percent reduction.

“We should be doing all we can to protect our children from the dangers of drugs and drug dealers. Reducing the drug free zones to a mere 200 feett would roll out the welcome mat to drug dealers and would send the wrong message to the children in our cities and towns,” said Martin in the press release. “If we were to change the drug free zone law at all, it should be to make the punishments even more severe.”

Henri Martin is a Bristol Town Council member, small business owner and life-long Bristol resident. He is running for the 31st Senate District to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jason Welch.

The 31st is comprised of Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth and Thomaston.

Henri Martin

Henri Martin