Marvin Nelson on Drugs
Invest in drug treatment, mental health, and drug courts
Q: What can the state do to help deal with the opioid addiction crisis?
Nelson: Need to have treatment available and not just in a few population centers. We need to give assurance to health providers that if they invest in treatment, we aren't
going to just change our minds tomorrow. We need to look at things like tele counseling, and using our critical access hospitals to deliver necessary care. Evaluation of people at all levels of the penal system for addiction by the state.
Currently, mental health services are required by local jurisdictions, but they don't do it. The state needs to provide those services. We are in a horrible legal liability situation, just waiting for the lawsuits. Need to have things like
drug courts dealing with first time offenders instead of requiring multiple convictions before being eligible for drug court. We can't afford to wait until people are sent to the state penitentiary to evaluate and deal with their addictions.
Source: Grand Forks Herald on 2016 North Dakota Gubernatorial debate
, Jun 25, 2016
Legalize medical marijuana
Excerpts from legislation: HB 1430--Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana:
- "Allowable amount of cannabis" means two ounces of cannabis
A practitioner and patient have a treatment or consulting relationship, during the course of which the practitioner has completed an assessment of the patient's medical history and current medical condition, including an in-person physical examination
- The practitioner has consulted with the patient with respect to the patient's debilitating medical condition
- Protections for the medical use of cannabis:
A cardholder who possesses a valid registry identification card is not subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty
Legislative outcome:Marvin Nelson voted YEA; bill failed House 26-67-1
Source: North Dakota legislative voting record on HB 1430
, Feb 18, 2015
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