“By the level of interest, I think that shows that it’s time to have a conversation,” Upthegrove said. He is the sponsor of HB 1177.
He said he’s driven by public safety, responsible spending of taxpayer dollars and family. “Any drug policy measure that moves us in the direction of help and support … to help those loved ones turn their lives around, not only their lives but the lives of their families, is a good thing.”
He said the conflict with federal law wouldn’t be an issue because state and federal laws don’t always have to overlap precisely. He also said he believes that marijuana can be addictive and dangerous, but that drug policy needs to be revamped in a way that addresses addiction and help.
“This bill not only will save money, it will help keep communities safer.”