Holds office U.S. House District 3
Do you support legalization of the recreational use of marijuana?
Cannabis should be removed from the Federal list of Schedule I substances and its regulation, distribution and taxation should be left to the states. Thirty-one states already allow cannabis for medicinal purposes and an additional nine have legalized it for recreational use. I oppose the Administration’s change in policy that will allow the federal government to take action against these states.
In a response to a constituent email, Rep. Phillips voiced his support for ending prohibition and passing the MORE Act. "I believe we should legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis." - RepDeanPhillips wrote to a constituent today in response to a message in favor of the #MOREact, which would end federal marijuana prohibition.
Should people convicted of non-violent drug offenses be released from prison and their records expunged?
Violent criminals should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Generally speaking, I believe drug abuse should be treated as a health issue and we should recognize the societal consequences of incarcerating hundreds of thousands of Americans for low-level, non-violent cannabis possession while an entire industry is now making billions from the same activity. Considering that incarceration costs over $30,000 per inmate annually, I believe our resources would be much better invested in education, treatment and prevention programs – saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and reducing the human and societal toll of ineffective and unfair policies.
Do you support changing the law to release non-violent drug offenders currently serving federal prison terms?
With an estimated 2.3 million people currently behind bars, The United States imprisons more people than China, with a population over five times larger than ours. Of those in prison, an estimated 456,000 are serving time for nonviolent drug offenses and disproportionately affects young African American men. I believe it unjust to incarcerate low level drug users while individuals, industries, and states are making billions selling the very same narcotics. Considering that incarceration costs over $30,000 per inmate, I believe our resources would be better invested in education, treatment and prevention programs – which would save taxpayers hundreds on millions of dollars and reduce the human toll of unjust legislation.
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