Floyd Handley, Utah House District 7

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Why did you decide to run for public office?

Desire to work with all legislators to develop outstanding legislation to benefit all Utahans.

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

Pharmacist for 45 years total, 35 years as a Pharmacy Director. As a director learned how to budget and work with staff and peers.

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

As a pharmacist, I must implement and follow drug control laws of state and federal government, and implement employer policy. As director, additionally provide drug control records with appropriate (legal) documentation.

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

Yes, a program with good controls for approved medical conditions. At this time, I do not want to supply or work in an environment of expanded recreational use of cannabis, and I desire more proof of long term effects and possible individual impairment.

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

Continue to find ways to make injectable naloxone available and education provided.  Experience has been to assist with overdose ER treatment and dispensing of support medication. 

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

I can accept current published research that incarceration for drug abuse does not work. Then, different methods of rehabilitation needs discussion. I would not want to be involved in blocking researched approved indications for cannabis therapy. 

Are you familiar with the principle of harm reduction? Do you have any experience with harm reduction policies? Please feel free to elaborate.

Not highly familiar with the principle of harm reduction. First thought is legislation, money, and clinics would need to be made available. These will take time for commitment and implementation.

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

Generally, would give opportunity to create individual change and responsibility, for small amounts only, that to be determined by drug control laws. Non lawful distribution still would need stricter laws.

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, again for those areas where medical research has shown beneficial. Currently the FDA does not agree, which is a problem needing resolution as state laws take precedence.

Anything else?

Attitudes and education is required. We were all taught as medical professionals that long term use of cannabis causes adverse medical problems.