Connie Johnson on Drugs
Strong proponent of legalizing medical marijuana
Republican gubernatorial candidates mostly avoided taking a clear stance on whether they will support a state question legalizing medical marijuana. Both Democratic candidates are supporters of the question, if not the timing of the vote.
Fallin announced that State Question 788 will be on the June 26 statewide ballot, which also will include primary races for governor and many other offices.
Passage of the question would allow people with a state-issued medical license approved by a
board-certified physician to possess certain amounts of marijuana. The question would also establish a regulatory regime for growing and selling marijuana. Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia; Oklahoma has never voted
on the issue.
Former state Sen. Connie Johnson is a strong proponent of legalizing medical marijuana. She authored legalization bills that failed to clear the Legislature, and she helped with the petition that resulted in State Question 788.
Source: The Oklahoman on 2018 Oklahoma governor race
, Jan 8, 2018
Ending the war on drugs would improve criminal justice
Q: How would you fix Oklahoma's prison system?
Johnson: "We improve the criminal justice system by removing the situation that got us here: the war on drugs."
Johnson then went on to decry the amount of women locked up in
Oklahoma, saying it then leads to children without mothers who go to schools where counselors aren't available. It perpetuates a cycle, she said, that is in part fueled by private prisons.
Source: Norman Transcript on 2018 Oklahoma governor debate
, Jan 7, 2018
Fund programs to combat opioid epidemic
Provide adequate funding for mental health and substance abuse programs in order to avert the health crisis in our state. Respond to Oklahoma's troubling rate of opioid and methamphetamine use by
fostering intense collaboration between all levels of government--including much-needed increased federal investment--as well as local communities in order to truly solve this problem.
Source: 2018 Oklahoma Senatorial website ConnieForGovernor.com
, Oct 15, 2017
Advocate for decriminalized and medical marijuana
A Democrat who supports legal marijuana is publicly building support for a possible governor campaign. In a Facebook post, former state Sen. Connie
Johnson asked her supporters to post their ideas to improve the state. "Friends, please travel this journey with us as we transition this page to support the next call to public service, running for governor of the state of Oklahoma," Johnson posted.
Johnson ran for U.S. Senate in 2014 but got less than one-third of the vote.
It was her first and, until now, only statewide candidacy after serving in the Oklahoma Senate. She has advocated for decriminalized and medical marijuana.
Source: The Oklahoman on 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial race
, Feb 4, 2017
Let state voters decide about pot legalization
Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Never legalize marijuana"?
A: Strongly support allowing Oklahoma voters to decide about this issue. A majority favor medicinal marijuana and many support decriminalization, regulation and taxation.
Source: Email interview on 2014 Okla. Senate race with OnTheIssues
, Sep 25, 2014
End the War on Drugs and its mandatory minimums
Oklahoma ranks number one in the world in female incarceration, and fourth in incarceration of men. These numbers are the result of the War on Drugs and its "tough on crime" and "mandatory minimums" legislation that is separating families and destroying
neighborhoods and communities across Oklahoma and the country.
Low-level drug offenders, primarily poor people and people of color, face wildly disproportionate prison sentences, at a cost to Oklahoma taxpayers of over $500 million per year.
As an Oklahoma State Senator, Connie introduced a variety of sentencing reform measures, including eliminating "life without parole" as a possible punishment for drug offenses; eliminating three-strikes-you're out sentencing for non-violent offenses;
creating structured sentencing guidelines; decriminalizing marijuana; legalizing medical marijuana; and, establishing post-incarceration grace periods for court fees and restitution.
Source: 2014 Okla. Senate campaign website, cj4ok.com
, Jun 25, 2014
Page last updated: Jun 15, 2018