CANNABIS/ DRUG REFORM
The epidemic of substance abuse has been on a rising trajectory for quite some time. Our first step in reducing this trend is to reduce, and one day eliminates, the practice of prosecution and imprisonment for non-violent drug crimes. By treating addiction as a health concern rather than a criminal matter, we address the root of the problem and reduce the growing rates of recidivism and crime.
1) Legalize recreational cannabis and regulate it like onions or any other crop with a legal age of 21. This will encourage people to use the softer drug of cannabis instead of harder drugs like heroin or fentanyl. Potency should still be on the label of cannabis sold in retail outlets.
2) Promote drug education that is wholly rooted in fact, and created in combination with drug policy organizations including Drug Policy Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and Families for Sensible Drug Policy.
3) Allow overdose protection sites (OPS) and other low-threshold facilities that will ensure the public has access to the resources necessary to fight addiction, and circumvent the crime and other problems that arise from substance abuse. This will not only save lives but save taxpayers billions of dollars due to greatly reducing the number of overdoses.
4) We will defund law enforcement programs and initiatives focused on continuation of arrest or prosecution of non-violent drug-related crimes. Individuals would instead be redirected to options for treatment, which may include the previously mentioned OPS programs.