John Rendell, Utah House District 47

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Why did you decide to run for public office?

Our current representative is corrupt and spending his time and our taxpayer funds building a land transfer business. Our important needs like education and transportation have been neglected. That is why I decided to run one more time, to bring fair and reasonable representation back to our district.

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

I have spent over 28 years living in Utah building successful companies. I was Vice President of Information Technology for a physician staffing company, and co-founder and CTO of a company that helps reduce hospital re-admissions. I currently run a technology consulting company, and I hold a BS in Information Systems and a MBA from the University of Utah.

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

Limited.

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

Yes - the evidence suggests that there are many benefits for medical cannabis in treating a variety of ailments.

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

I have no personal experience with any OD's. I would need to do more research to answer the first part of this question.

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

I agree that these are public health issues.

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

I understand the principle - I have no experience in this area.

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

In theory decriminalization would work, and based on my observations while spending several weeks in Washington and Colorado, it seems to be working. I will wait for a few long term studies before I formulate a formal opinion. 

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?

Anything else?