Candidate in race for State House District 49 on Tuesday, November 2, 2021
I could support 'limited' legalization, that is, marijuana use confined to particular locations where the effects of use can be better monitored. While studies appear to show no increased violent crime as a result of marijuana legalization, there is an increased use of drugs, including marijuana, in traffic crashes. The increased use of marijuana in society that appears to accompany legalization has a corrosive effect on educational achievement of youth and the welfare of families.
Generally, I support expungement but I would like closer review of some of the so-called 'non-violent' marijuana possession charges because often charges are reduced from a felony to make a plea deal or make convictiaon more likely. In expunging records I do not want to see drug dealers ignored. They bring other criminal consequences to the community.
Medical cannabis has been used as an excuse for recreational use of cannabis. I support a limited use of cannabis for medical purposes based on scientific evidence. A number of studies have concluded that cannabis is not helpful for the treatment of many medical conditions. There is some evidence of marijuana's bneficial impact on relieving stress that could lead to other negative medical consequences.