State of Utah Archives: on Drugs

Allen Glines: Phase out penalties for marijuana at the federal level

Phase out penalties for marijuana at the federal level.
Source: 2021 Utah Senate campaign website Jul 21, 2021

Chris Peterson: Pro-medical cannabis

Chris is committed to upholding the voters' will by following through on the Medicaid expansion and medical cannabis program Utahns supported in 2018. Chris is also dedicated to bolstering mental health resources in order to curb rising cases of mental illness and suicide.
Source: 2020 Utah governor website Oct 9, 2020

Kamala Harris: Will get rid of cash bail and decriminalize marijuana

We will, on the issue of criminal justice reform, get rid of private prisons and cash bail and we will decriminalize marijuana. And we will expunge the records of those who have been convicted of marijuana. This is a time for leadership on a tragic, tragic issue.
Source: 2020 Vice-Presidential Debate in Utah Oct 7, 2020

Craig Bowden: Marijuana is not a gateway drug; prescriptions are

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Marijuana is a gateway drug"?

A: No. As a matter of fact, most people on harder drugs started with prescriptions.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Utah Senate candidate Feb 28, 2018

Jenny Wilson: Supports legalized medical marijuana; it has helped so many

[Citing a Facebook posting from SLTRIB.COM]: "Poll: 3 in 4 Utahns support legalizing medical marijuana Utahns continue to show broad support for a proposed 2018 ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in the state."

Jenny Wilson for Senate Facebook response: "With so many Utahns helped by legalized medical marijuana, I support this initiative."

Source: Facebook posting on 2018 Utah Senate race Jan 24, 2018

Jenny Wilson: More funding for opioid treatment for victims

Wilson charged that both President Trump and Senator Orrin Hatch continue to stall on the opioid crisis. "Every community in Utah is suffering," Wilson said. "The time for talk is over. Where is their plan? Where is the funding? We need a plan and we need funding now."

Wilson, who serves on the Utah Attorney General's Opioid Task Force, has been a strong supporter of prioritizing funding and expanding treatment. Recently she voted in favor of expanding jail beds in Salt Lake County so that dealers can be put behind bars and victims can be taken to treatment.

"These are our friends, neighbors, and family members who are affected by this crisis and it is getting worse, not better. That's why I will continue to lead where Washington has failed by prioritizing funding during the upcoming County budget sessions," said Wilson. "A broken federal government is leaving us to pick up the pieces locally," said Wilson.

Source: 2018 Utah Senate campaign website Aug 10, 2017

Gary Herbert: More drug testing for unemployment insurance applicants

We write to you today in support of H.J. Res. 42, your legislation that would disapprove of the US Department of Labor's recent regulation regarding states' ability to drug test individuals who apply for unemployment insurance (UI).

Congress authorized the Labor Department to craft a rule that would provide states the option to drug test unemployment insurance applicants. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration drafted the rule too narrowly, undermining the intent of Congress and permitting drug testing in too few instances.

Drug testing UI applicants can help individuals suffering from substance abuse to access necessary care and treatment so they may re-enter the workforce as healthy and productive members of society. We believe this rule should be replaced with a new rule that allows increased flexibility for states to implement UI drug testing that best fits the needs of each state. We look forward to working with Congress on this issue going forward.

Source: 2018 Utah Governor campaign press release Feb 10, 2017

Misty Snow: Get feds out of the way of states on marijuana policy

Many states have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use. In Utah, cannabis oil is legal and is used to treat medical conditions such as epilepsy. A recent survey showed that 64% of Utah residents support legal access medical marijuana, and it's possible that Utah could legalize other forms of medical marijuana in the very near future. However, even if the use of marijuana was legalized by Utah, marijuana users could still find themselves in trouble with the federal government.

The federal government should get out of the way of states' efforts to set their own marijuana policies. A state should be able to legalize marijuana for medical, recreational, or industrial use without interference from the federal government. It's time for the federal government to end its prohibition on marijuana and regulate it the same way as they do alcohol.

Source: 2016 Utah Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Mike Weinholtz: Treat addiction & mental illness, instead of incarceration

Prescription opioid and heroin abuse are destroying Utah families, [but] we are incarcerating too many people for minor, non-violent offenses. As governor, I will continue to advance reform of our criminal justice system by advocating for treatment of underlying mental illness and addiction, ensuring adequate indigent defense, creating a real hate crimes law, and ending the school to prison pipeline.

Many people in our jails and prisons suffer from underlying mental illness and addiction. Without adequate treatment, they continue to cycle in and out of jails and prisons, costing us real money and destroying families. A major part of criminal justice reform is increasing mental health coverage. Utah can't afford to underfund mental health evaluations and treatment for those in need. In 2015, over 150,000 Utahns needed mental health treatment but the State only funded treatment for fewer than 32,000. I will increase funding to mental health services and expand Medicaid.

Source: 2016 Utah gubernatorial campaign website Jun 17, 2016

Jon Huntsman: End Meth Now: stop the scourge

At the other end of the spectrum, we have worked like never before, at every level of government, to "End Meth Now" and stop the scourge of methamphetamine impacting our families and communities. We have more resources committed than at any other time to help fight this dangerous, destructive drug. I want my friends at the House of Hope, most of whom are young single mothers recovering from their addictions, to know the full meaning of that word: Hope.
Source: Utah 2008 State of the State address Jan 22, 2008

Mike Leavitt: Drug Courts are working; expand them statewide

One of the most sinister destroyers of families and communities is drugs. Drug courts are a heartening sign that we can turn back the ravages of this sinister trend. It used to be that offenders were sentenced to hard time. Now, those who go to drug courts are sentenced to change their lives. And the good news is, it is working. Of those who complete Drug Court, 92% are rehabilitated. We need to expand drug courts statewide.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Utah legislature Jan 16, 2001

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2020 Presidential contenders on Drugs:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

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Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
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