Bill Groff, Utah House District 70

Why did you decide to run for public office?

Tired of basically having a one party state. 

What is your background? Profession, skills, etc.? 

Corporate pilot flying, fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Also a business owner for 30+ years. 

What is your general experience with drug policy and substance abuse? 

Was region 7 participant in region 7 drug & alcohol alternatives in 1975 in Bandera, TX. Received a certificate from Trinity University for training. 

Do you support the creation of a medical cannabis program? Can you expand upon your general feelings about medical cannabis?

I think Utah should establish medical cannabis program. 

What steps would you take to reduce the number of overdose deaths? Do you have any personal experiences with overdose?

I have had friends who have died from heroin overdoses. We need to treat addiction as a disease and not a crime. Most people who have drug addiction need mental help from professionals as well as support from loved ones. 

Do you agree with this analysis? Please feel free to elaborate.

I agree whole heartedly. I also believe cannabis is not an addictive substance, where opiate based drugs are. 

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 not heard of harm reduction before. Your brief definition sound reasonable. 

What are your general thoughts on the decriminalization of cannabis? Please elaborate.

I have always thought decriminalization was the right way for society. Jail harms individuals for life, and there is little evidence that cannabis is harmful to a person’s health. In fact, there is evidence it helps regarding cancer patients, anxiety, seizures, and eating disorders. 

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, first we should legislate medical cannabis, then decriminalize small amounts for recreational use. 

Anything else?

I think Utah is missing the boat on cannabis legalization. We are underfunded for schools and teachers. If Utah would legalize cannabis use and set up dispensaries, then tax this product and earmark it for education, it would improve our funding for schools and race us off of last place of funding per pupil in the United States.