Why did you decide to run for public office?
I have a desire to serve my constituents, uphold family values and protect the US and Utah Constitution.
What is your background? Profession, skills, etc.?
Ten years as a state legislator. Software developer currently working at Adobe. BS in electrical engineering from BYU. MS in computer engineering from San Jose State.
What is your general experience with drug policy and substance abuse?
Extensive experience with drug abuse, specifically prescription drugs.
Do you support the creation of a medical cannabis program? Can you expand upon your general feelings about medical cannabis?
Yes. There are some very positive things about cannabis, there is also a lot of hype and misinformation. I wish to support a science-based and cautious approach that engages a large swath of the medical community.
What steps would you take to reduce the number of overdose deaths? Do you have any personal experiences with overdose?
Revise prescribing guidelines, improve usage of the CSDB, and continue to fund an awareness campaign. I've had two relatives with serious problems.
Do you agree with this analysis? Please feel free to elaborate.
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 and will continue to support this type of policy.
What are your general thoughts on the decriminalization of cannabis? Please elaborate.
Utah has significantly reduced the impact of first time offenses, and at this point, I want to see what the effects of this policy. I have positive expectations and expect to build on them in the future.
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?
Yes. I have sponsored numerous bills over the years and will continue doing so.
Thank you for a thoughtful survey.