David Wilson Brown, Democratic candidate for the 5th Congressional District of North Carolina, is an IT consultant who is ready to serve.
David has been a resident of North Carolina for over 30 years, attending South Mecklenburg High School and earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications from Appalachian State University in 1996.
While attending school at App State, David interned on Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R- NC9). He has maintained his passion for politics, but his career got drawn into other areas related to communications, including a year at WBTV, working in corporate media production, and as a web developer.
Now David is a full-time IT consultant specializing in business productivity as well as a husband to his wife, Barbara, and father to his two kids. It is because of grave concern for the future for his kids that he feels the call of public service once again.
Almost all American’s lives are touched in some way by a poorly funded education system, or a broken criminal justice system, or healthcare insufficiencies, or opioid addiction. I believe a reconstruction of the way we regulate marijuana in this country could help many of these systems and more. I will work for descheduling marijuana as a schedule-I drug, which could enable a multitude of benefits:
- Advances in medical research and treatments
- Easing strain on the criminal justice system
- Banks and credit unions allowed access to the legal market
- Huge tax revenue potential: up to $28 billion for federal, state, and local governments (sales, income, business and payroll taxes)
I support revising federal policy definitions of the term “marijuana” to exclude industrial hemp. Once again allowing hemp farming would produce significant job creation and would have additional economic and environmental benefits.
Current laws do not acknowledge the potential gains of marijuana as a therapeutic, medicinal, and financial tool. I am in favor of enacting positive legislation to allow our country to benefit from the multitude of advantages of marijuana reform.
My complete statement on this can be found at http://ow.ly/ugZP50jnJU0