Why did you decide to run for public office?
I'm running because I feel I’ve made enough progress two years ago that NOT running again would be giving up without a fight! I'm tired of only "the good ol' boys" making the decisions on laws and policies that affect all of us.
What is your background? Profession, skills, etc.?
I am a wife and a mom to four. I also own a floral design business and am the Visual Director at the Newgate Mall.
Do you support the creation of a medical cannabis program? Can you expand upon your general feelings about medical cannabis?
I would support the creation of a medical cannabis program!
My general feeling matches that of a majority of Utahns, there is a place for medical cannabis in our healthcare system. If it will help many, or even just a few, it is certainly worth pursuing as a means of relief from suffering and pain. There are obviously benefits, so why in the world would we not want to make that option available?
What steps would you take to reduce the number of overdose deaths? Do you have any personal experiences with overdose?
I do not have any personal experience with overdose, but my heart breaks for those that do. Even one overdose death is too many. I appreciate, very much, the work that is being done to bring this issue to the front of everyone's minds. We can't ignore it and hope it will just go away. As with most things, education is the best way to change circumstances. I don't know that I'm able to take steps to reduce overdose deaths on my own, but I would not hesitate to support the DPPU as they continue to educate and advocate for change.
Do you agree with this analysis? Please feel free to elaborate.
Yes, I agree.
Are you familiar with the principle of harm reduction? Do you have any experience with harm reduction policies? Please feel free to elaborate.
I have no experience with harm reduction policies, but agree that there has never been, and will likely never be, a drug-free society; and if risk can be reduced, I support measures to do so.
What are your general thoughts on the decriminalization of cannabis? Please elaborate.
I would support decriminalization to an extent. I think imposing fines would be more effective than jailing those found with small amounts, however, continued fining of repeat offenders seems counterproductive. There would still need to be some kind of preventive action when fines do not do the trick. This would not apply to medical cannabis.
Are you interested in sponsoring drug policy reform legislation if you were elected? What would be some specific areas of focus or interest for you?
I would support, but do not feel comfortable sponsoring drug policy reform legislation. My experience and expertise are not to the level of sponsorship!
Thank you for your work. I am impressed with the organization and compassion of this group.