It was my honor and privilege on May 5, 2018 to once again be nominated at the Libertarian Party of Indiana convention as the Libertarian candidate for the Indiana House of Representatives, District 71 seat.
This will be my second campaign for this seat, and I look forward to being the small government, liberty-minded choice in what will be a wide-open race in the November general election.
As part of my candidacy, I pledge the following:
Legalized Marijuana: I want to bring the discussion on legalizing medical and recreational marijuana to the forefront of the Indiana General Assembly, rather than the continued cycle of subcommittees, study groups, and so on and so forth.
This is an issue that's time has come. Public sentiment has grown in favor of legalized medical and recreational marijuana over the past decade, and it would be not only short-sighted but irresponsible for this state to fall behind a curve with an industry chock full of untapped potential.
The economic and societal impact of legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana has already been proven. Increased revenue, lessened impact of the opioid crisis, and a reduction in cost to the county in incarceration and criminal case costs.
If I am elected, I will work to advance legislation to institute legalized medical and recreational marijuana.
Restoration of Rights: While it can be somewhat buzzworthy to talk of constitutional crises, the fact of the matter is we are experiencing small-scale constitutional crises all over the country. Criminal court systems are overwhelmed, and it is the defendant that ultimately winds up with the deck stacked against them. The 6th Amendment is slowly vanishing as this process unfolds.
Overworked and under-budgeted public defenders, unreasonable bail requirements, and incarceration for weeks, months, and even years awaiting the resolution of their cases- these obstacles hinder or destroy the concept of due process, and have helped us to gain the largest population of incarcerated people in the world.
Not to mention, what happens when someone has served their sentence, and are released? More of an uphill battle, as many inmates received vocational training they will be unable to use after release, as state licensing boards often take a dim view of convicted felons. It can be pretty ironic what definition the public-at-large considers "having paid one's debt to society."
If I am elected, I will work to advance legislation that will ensure that every defendant in the state of Indiana will have their day in court, even if they cannot afford it, and work to eliminate barriers for convicted felons to gain most kinds of occupational licensing.
Infrastructure: As part of my marijuana platform, if I am elected, I will work to ensure some or all of the revenue generated through medical and recreational marijuana licensing and taxation will be directed to the general fund with the goal of addressing vital parts of state infrastructure, including the state's highway and power grid system.