State of Utah Archives: on Drugs

Misty Snow: Get feds out of the way of states on marijuana policy

Many states have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use. In Utah, cannabis oil is legal and is used to treat medical conditions such as epilepsy. A recent survey showed that 64% of Utah residents support legal access medical marijuana, and it's possible that Utah could legalize other forms of medical marijuana in the very near future. However, even if the use of marijuana was legalized by Utah, marijuana users could still find themselves in trouble with the federal government.

The federal government should get out of the way of states' efforts to set their own marijuana policies. A state should be able to legalize marijuana for medical, recreational, or industrial use without interference from the federal government. It's time for the federal government to end its prohibition on marijuana and regulate it the same way as they do alcohol.

Source: 2016 Utah Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Mike Weinholtz: Treat addiction & mental illness, instead of incarceration

Prescription opioid and heroin abuse are destroying Utah families, [but] we are incarcerating too many people for minor, non-violent offenses. As governor, I will continue to advance reform of our criminal justice system by advocating for treatment of underlying mental illness and addiction, ensuring adequate indigent defense, creating a real hate crimes law, and ending the school to prison pipeline.

Many people in our jails and prisons suffer from underlying mental illness and addiction. Without adequate treatment, they continue to cycle in and out of jails and prisons, costing us real money and destroying families. A major part of criminal justice reform is increasing mental health coverage. Utah can't afford to underfund mental health evaluations and treatment for those in need. In 2015, over 150,000 Utahns needed mental health treatment but the State only funded treatment for fewer than 32,000. I will increase funding to mental health services and expand Medicaid.

Source: 2016 Utah gubernatorial campaign website Jun 17, 2016

Jon Huntsman: End Meth Now: stop the scourge

At the other end of the spectrum, we have worked like never before, at every level of government, to "End Meth Now" and stop the scourge of methamphetamine impacting our families and communities. We have more resources committed than at any other time to help fight this dangerous, destructive drug. I want my friends at the House of Hope, most of whom are young single mothers recovering from their addictions, to know the full meaning of that word: Hope.
Source: Utah 2008 State of the State address Jan 22, 2008

Mike Leavitt: Drug Courts are working; expand them statewide

One of the most sinister destroyers of families and communities is drugs. Drug courts are a heartening sign that we can turn back the ravages of this sinister trend. It used to be that offenders were sentenced to hard time. Now, those who go to drug courts are sentenced to change their lives. And the good news is, it is working. Of those who complete Drug Court, 92% are rehabilitated. We need to expand drug courts statewide.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Utah legislature Jan 16, 2001

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Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
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Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
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Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
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Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

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Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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