Elections for State Senate will take place on Nov. 6th 2018

 

CANNABIS REFORM IS A BIPARTISAN ISSUE AND GRADE RESULTS DO NOT REFLECT 

A POLITICAL ENDORSEMENT BY LEGALIZE IDAHO


DOES YOUR CANDIDATE SUPPORT LEGALIZING IDAHO?


CANDIDATE SUPPORTS:  

Recreational Marijuana +1 point 

Medical Marijuana +1 point

Industrial Hemp +1 point

CBD Products +1 point

Decriminalization +1 point

Ending the War on Drugs +1 point


GRADING:


6/6 points = A+

5/6 points = A

4/6 points = A-

3/6 points = B

2/6 points = C

1/6 points = D

0/6 points = F

  

Failed to Respond = F

No Response = ZERO POINTS

 

Last Update: 10/01/2018
Candidates can still receive a grade if we receive their response.

Email legalizeidahonow@gmail.com for more info! 

Idaho State Senate

District 1

Jim Woodward (R)

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Vera Gadman (D)

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 2

Steve Vick (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Dale Broadsword (D) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 3

Don Cheatham (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Patrick Lippert (D) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 4

Mary Souza (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Cory Jane English (D)

Grade: A-

4/6 points


Comments:

I am not quite to legalization because of my understanding that those who are seen in ‘drug court’ (felons with drug problem) are unsuccessful at maintaining sobriety when they continue to use marijuana.  As this population is under strict rules and conditions, and facing prison time with type of any violation, decriminalization would present a significant disincentive to continued use. 

I realize the ramifications of legalization are unfolding as more states participate.  If I am elected, I expect there will be evolving evidence/findings related to this issue.  I am open to changing my mind as new information comes forth.

I would also say this: I spent a career in hospital work, and saw many, many admissions related to abuse of drugs and alcohol as well as accidents related to DUI situations.  NEVER did I see a single admission related to use of marijuana.

District 5

Dan Foreman (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


David Nelson (D) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 6

Dan Johnson (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 7

Carl G. Crabtree (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 8

Steven Thayn (R)

Grade - C

2/6 points


Comments:

(Decriminalization)
It depends upon other changes in the use of Food Stamps and other government programs. 

District 9

Abby Lee (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 10

Jim Rice (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Evangeline Beechler (D) 

Grade: A

5/6 Points


Comments:

(End of War on Drugs)

I believe we have an opioid epidemic that needs to be addressed. War really isn't an appropriate word. I think we should be investing programs to treat addiction.  

District 11

Pattie Anne Lodge (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Edward Savala (D) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 12

Todd Lakey (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Chelle Gluch (D) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 13

Jeff C. Agenborad (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 14

C. Scott Grow (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Richard Boozel (D)

Grade: A

5/6 points


NO COMMENTS

District 15

Fred S. Martin (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Jim Bratnober (D)

Grade: A+

6/6 Points


Comments:

Despite consistent scientific evidence that cannabis use does not cause the effects so demonized by its critics, politicians have consistently denounced it or run from answering the question.  Its classification as a schedule 1 narcotic has prevented widespread research from being  performed, so beneficial effects have been dismissed as “anecdotal.” 

Instead of fighting the critics of cannabis, we need to understand and communicate the positive benefits.  The facts are clear:  cannabis has valid medical value.  CBD oil is effective in treating seizure disorders and chronic pain.  Chemotherapy patients are able to address debilitating nausea with the drug.  From a recreational perspective, it is significantly safer than alcohol, which kills thousands of people per year.  States which have legalized marijuana have seen significant tax revenue benefits.  Since Idaho chooses not to fund its schools adequately, this could help us pay teachers fairly and help our students to compete for better-paying jobs.  Finally, our prisons are full of people convicted of possession of small amounts of the substance, their lives ruined by the felony conviction.  This has led to prison overcrowding which drains still more of our tax dollars that could be used to treat addiction to harder drugs and educate our children on this and other subjects. 

I support the legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational uses with appropriate controls.  Recreational use should be limited to those over the age of 21.  Prescription use should be defined explicitly, especially when minors are involved.

District 16

LeeJoe Lay (R)

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Grant Burgoyne (D)

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 17

David DeHaas (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Maryanne Jordan (D) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 18

Janie Ward-Engelking (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 19

Aaron Tribble (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Cherie Buckner-Webb (D) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 20

Chuck Winder (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 21

Clifford Bayer (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Dawn Pierce (D):

GRADE: A+

6/6 points


Comments:  

I’m a nurse and I completely support legalization!  The known and unknown uses are endless!!!


Joe Evans (L):

GRADE: A+

6/6 points


Comments:

 The war on drugs is a war on people. Whether we take drugs for recreational purpose, self medication, or because of addiction, the act of using them does not constitute a crime against others, and is therefore victimless. Our nation was a not built on the idea that our government was created to protect us from ourselves, but to give us the freedom of our own choices in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as long as our choices do not adversely affect that pursuit for others. Freedom of CHOICE, at all levels, should be the cornerstone of the culture we aspire to. 

District 22

Lori Den Hartog (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Mik Lose (D)

Grade: A+
6/6 points


Comments:
The main reasons for my views on Cannabis plant have to do with liberty and economics.  I believe it is the right of the individual to decide how and if they use this plant.  The manner in which the Cannabis plant was criminalized in 1937 was built on a foundation of falsehoods and hyperbole.  Here in District 22, we have a strong agricultural community that could benefit from having industrial hemp as another crop to grow.  This would allow our residents to compete in the Global Hemp market that is currently off limits because of the ill advised Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. 


District 23

Bert Brackett (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 24

Lee Heider (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 25

James Patrick (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 26

Julie Lynn (R) -

No Contact Info Available 


Michelle Stennett (D) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 27

Kelly Anthon (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 28

Jim Guthrie (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Mike Saville (D):

GRADE: A+

6/6 points


Comments:

 Yes on All the above, in “baby Steps”. We are criminalizing too many of our youth. The War on Drugs has been going on since the Vietnam War, 44 years, it is a Failure. We ended the War in Vietnam and moved on, time to end the War on Drugs and move on.  I support the movement to end that War as have states surrounding Idaho have. Medicinal Marijuana is a first step. When elected to the Idaho Senate, I will do my best to help the other 34 Idaho Senators understand why it is time to end the War on Drugs and Marijuana and move on. 
 

District 29

Lance B. Kolbet (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Mark Nye (D)

Grade: A

5/6 points


No Comments

District 30

Dean Mortimer (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 31

Steve Bair (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 32

Mark Harris (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 33

David Lent (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Jerry Sehlke (D) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

District 34

Brent Hill (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Robert Nielsen (D) 

GRADE: A

5/6 points


Comments:  

In the wake of the opioid epidemic. We need to start acting on bringing new treatments to Idaho. I would choose to pattern after other states with rolling out medical marijuana and CBD oil first. I believe at this process helps with controlling the "reefer madness" attitudes of the past. I believe that when it comes to public health the State should be involved in the process. Legalizing recreational marijuana should be left in the hands of the people as a ballot measure. As for hemp production it is long over due for farmers to have another choice in the crops they choose to grow. 

I am for saving people's lives from opioid addiction and overdoses. Our war on drugs has failed. It's time to regroup and form real ways to help people who use dangerous drugs. More treatment centers are needed along with support for long term care. I feel that we can do so much more to show compassion to the citizens of Idaho. Jail time should only be used in extreme cases like trafficking and sales to children. It is time to look at reforming our laws to better reflect the will of the people. If elected I would always try my best to reflect the will of the people in a fair and balance way.

District 35

Van Burtenshaw (R) 

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond