State of Utah Archives: on Drugs
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
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 MistyKSnow.com
Aug 8, 2016
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 MikeForUtah.com
Jun 17, 2016
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
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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