Following the resignation of Rep. Justin Miller (D-Millcreek) a special election was called and delegates of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party will select a replacement for Utah House District 40 on November 11th. We sent a questionnaire to each of the candidates regarding their positions on issues that our members asked about. The first candidate that we received answers from is Amy Fowler.
Amy Fowler has spent her life exploring the mountains and valleys surrounding Salt Lake City. She was born and raised in Utah, and graduated from Ogden public schools. Amy’s love for the outdoors took her out of state for four years to study biology at Seattle University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2000.
Amy attended law school at the University of Utah and she began working at the public defender’s office in 2014. Amy has spent her career defending those who cannot afford legal representation but who are charged with crimes. Amy has a demonstrated track record of working within legal limitations to provide excellent legal services to indigent and low income individuals.
Here are Amy's responses to our questions:
What is your general feeling about medical cannabis?
I support medical cannabis. I have a niece that suffered from autism and medical cannabis could have helped her as she struggled with her disease. Moreover, studies have shown that medical cannabis can help a lot of people who suffer from a variety of diseases.
Do you support whole plant access?
Many people who could benefit from medical marijuana would be left out of receiving those benefits if we did not allow for whole plant access.
Would you support a medical cannabis program in the State of Utah?
Do you support HB348, which reformed the way that the criminal justice system in the State of Utah interacts with drug offenders.
As a public defender the reform to our criminal justice system in regards to drug offenders was a huge step in the right direction.
If you could tell your constituents one thing about how you view drug policies, what would it be? Please feel free to elaborate.
First, I would say that I do not believe that people who are addicted to any substance are criminals and they should not be treated that way. Many times when a person is struggling with substance abuse there are underlying issues that need to be addressed and those people need therapy, not jail.
Second, I believe by rejecting medical marijuana we are directly denying medical benefits to our citizens.
This information is provided for informational and educational purposes only. Promotion of the responses does not constitute an endorsement by the Drug Policy Project of Utah. Each candidate in the Utah House District 40 race received the same questions and confirmed receipt of the questionnaire.