I have seen the futility of the “War on Drugs.”
We must stop creating criminals and focus our time on people who commit violent crimes. It is time for sensible reform to our drug laws. The criminal justice system is currently stuck expending time and resources on the enforcement of state laws prohibiting cannabis.
These resources include:
Officer time investigation, obtaining and executing search warrants, making arrests, processing evidence, transporting arrestees, processing paperwork, and attending court;
Prosecutor, public defender, and defense investigation time reviewing, investigating, researching, and litigating cases;
Judge and court staff time;
Crime Laboratory testing of cannabis samples;
Jail costs for booking, pretrial detention, and sentences; (A recent report by Prison Policy Initiative found WV to have a higher rate of women in prison than anywhere in the world. We must stop incarcerating people for their lifestyle choices!)
Court-monitored probation and Department of Corrections supervision.
As your new senator, I will work with the legislature in Charleston to create sensible marijuana legislation that will legalize this plant that has many positive medicinal and industrial uses.