Candidate in race for State Senate District 15
His response to NC NORML's 2020 Questionnaire: "I do think we should have a conversation about legalizing cannabis in North Carolina. We waste far too much taxpayer money on simple possession charges for nonviolent offenders while simultaneously ruining the lives of countless individuals that would otherwise never have had a criminal record. Instead of paying to imprison these offenders and wastefully allocating precious resources such as the time and effort of law enforcement on such frivolity, we could be generating a new source of state revenue. Legalizing cannabis would open an entire new industry here in North Carolina which would stimulate job growth and economic advancement. It would encourage entrepreneurship and create new incentives for commerce. North Carolina is also missing out on a valuable opportunity to be at the forefront of remarkable medical applications for cannabis. With some of the finest medical facilities in the world, this is an opportunity North Carolina cannot afford to miss. Cannabis has seen breakthroughs in many areas of the medical industry such as Epilepsy treatments, treatments in mental health, as well as curbing opioid addiction." While I don’t personally use cannabis and would recommend against it’s use by the general public, I subscribe to the philosophy that a government which governs least, governs best. The opioid crisis serves as substantive proof that the war on drugs has been a complete failure. The prohibition of alcohol gave rise to organized crime and general mayhem. Such are the result of overreaching government prohibitions and cannabis has proven no different. Perhaps it’s time for a new direction and a different approach to this issue, rather than maintaining the status quo.
2120 Spring Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27615