Why did you decide to run for public office?
I want to help my community. I feel that I have the talents and the energy to solve some of our hardest problems.
What is your background? Profession, skills, etc.?
I retired as a director for an aerospace software engineering firm and computer systems analyst.
What is your general experience with drug policy and substance abuse?
I was a mentor for inmates at the Purgatory correctional facility in Washington County. Mostly, I heard about struggles with meth and heroin addiction by young mothers and Marijuana minor offenses.
Do you support the creation of a medical cannabis program? Can you expand upon your general feelings about medical cannabis?
Medical cannabis is a life saver for people with chronic pain. The stigma of treating marijuana use as a crime is unfair. Of course, people who get addicted to marijuana do need mental health services - not jail.
What steps would you take to reduce the number of overdose deaths? Do you have any personal experiences with overdose?
I was a mentor for inmates at the Purgatory correctional facility in Washington County. Mostly, I heard about struggles with Meth and Heroin addiction by young mothers and Marijuana minor offenses.
Do you agree with this analysis? Please feel free to elaborate.
I was a mentor for inmates at the Purgatory correctional facility in Washington County. Mostly, I heard about struggles with meth and heroin addiction by young mothers and marijuana minor offenses.
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 little experience with harm reduction techniques. I favor the approach that was used to reduce the use of tobacco in this country; up against powerful profits and deception, a popular movement to protect children and addicted adults succeeded.
What are your general thoughts on the decriminalization of cannabis? Please elaborate.
Cannabis is less dangerous than alcohol. I fear what happens when these drugs are distributed by the underground rather than state-controlled stores. Both physical and mental addictions are medical, not criminal, problems. Criminal arrest just compounds the mental issues.
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 sponsor a new bill to legalize marijuana, and support the current bill called "Robust Utah” which would fully expand Medicaid and provide an equal number of clinics to treat mental health as we have to treat physical health.
I think the war on drugs has harmed the lives of many young people, wasted a lot of money, put our law enforcement officers in a difficult position, and has not helped solve the problem. We need to stop the war and start the healing.