Connie Johnson on Drugs
Advocate for decriminalized and medical marijuana
A Democrat who supports legal marijuana is publicly building support for a possible governor campaign. In a Facebook post, former state Sen. Connie
Johnson asked her supporters to post their ideas to improve the state. "Friends, please travel this journey with us as we transition this page to support the next call to public service, running for governor of the state of Oklahoma," Johnson posted.
Johnson ran for U.S. Senate in 2014 but got less than one-third of the vote.
It was her first and, until now, only statewide candidacy after serving in the Oklahoma Senate. She has advocated for decriminalized and medical marijuana.
Source: The Oklahoman on 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial race
, Feb 4, 2017
Let state voters decide about pot legalization
Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Never legalize marijuana"?
A: Strongly support allowing Oklahoma voters to decide about this issue. A majority favor medicinal marijuana and many support decriminalization, regulation and taxation.
Source: Email interview on 2014 Okla. Senate race with OnTheIssues
, Sep 25, 2014
End the War on Drugs and its mandatory minimums
Oklahoma ranks number one in the world in female incarceration, and fourth in incarceration of men. These numbers are the result of the War on Drugs and its "tough on crime" and "mandatory minimums" legislation that is separating families and destroying
neighborhoods and communities across Oklahoma and the country.
Low-level drug offenders, primarily poor people and people of color, face wildly disproportionate prison sentences, at a cost to Oklahoma taxpayers of over $500 million per year.
As an Oklahoma State Senator, Connie introduced a variety of sentencing reform measures, including eliminating "life without parole" as a possible punishment for drug offenses; eliminating three-strikes-you're out sentencing for non-violent offenses;
creating structured sentencing guidelines; decriminalizing marijuana; legalizing medical marijuana; and, establishing post-incarceration grace periods for court fees and restitution.
Source: 2014 Okla. Senate campaign website, cj4ok.com
, Jun 25, 2014
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