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Connie Johnson on Drugs

 

 


Strong proponent of legalizing medical marijuana

Republican gubernatorial candidates mostly avoided taking a clear stance on whether they will support a state question legalizing medical marijuana. Both Democratic candidates are supporters of the question, if not the timing of the vote.

Gov. Mary Fallin announced that State Question 788 will be on the June 26 statewide ballot, which also will include primary races for governor and many other offices.

Passage of the question would allow people with a state-issued medical license approved by a board-certified physician to possess certain amounts of marijuana. The question would also establish a regulatory regime for growing and selling marijuana. Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia; Oklahoma has never voted on the issue.

Former state Sen. Connie Johnson is a strong proponent of legalizing medical marijuana. She authored legalization bills that failed to clear the Legislature, and she helped with the petition that resulted in State Question 788.

Source: The Oklahoman on 2018 Oklahoma governor race , Jan 8, 2018

Ending the war on drugs would improve criminal justice

Q: How would you fix Oklahoma's prison system?

Johnson: "We improve the criminal justice system by removing the situation that got us here: the war on drugs."

Johnson then went on to decry the amount of women locked up in Oklahoma, saying it then leads to children without mothers who go to schools where counselors aren't available. It perpetuates a cycle, she said, that is in part fueled by private prisons.

Source: Norman Transcript on 2018 Oklahoma governor debate , Jan 7, 2018

Fund programs to combat opioid epidemic

Provide adequate funding for mental health and substance abuse programs in order to avert the health crisis in our state. Respond to Oklahoma's troubling rate of opioid and methamphetamine use by fostering intense collaboration between all levels of government--including much-needed increased federal investment--as well as local communities in order to truly solve this problem.
Source: 2018 Oklahoma Senatorial website ConnieForGovernor.com , Oct 15, 2017

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

Other governors on Drugs: Connie Johnson on other issues:
OK Gubernatorial:
Brad Henry
Chris Powell
Drew Edmondson
Ervin Yen
Gary Richardson
Joe Dorman
Joe Maldonado
Kevin Stitt
Mary Fallin
Mick Cornett
Scott Inman
OK Senatorial:
Abby Broyles
James Inhofe
James Lankford
Mike Workman
Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
CA Recall:
S.D.Mayor Kevin_Faulconer(R)
vs.Former Gov. nominee John Cox(R)
vs.Former U.S.Rep Doug Ose(R)
vs.Laura Smith(R)
vs.Former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner(R)
vs.Radio Host Larry Elder(R)
NJ: Incumbent Phil Murphy(D)
vs.State Rep. Jack Ciattarelli(R)
vs.Candidate Hirsh Singh(R)
vs.GOP Chair Doug Steinhardt(R)
VA: Incumbent Ralph Northam(D,term-limited)
vs.Former Governor Terry McAuliffe(D)
vs.CEO Glenn Youngkin(R)
vs.A.G. Mark Herring(D)
vs.State Sen. Amanda Chase(I)
vs.Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax(D)
vs.State Rep. Jennifer Carroll Foy(D)
vs.State Rep. Lee Carter(D)
vs.State Sen. Jennifer McClellan(D)
vs.State Rep. Kirk Cox(R)
vs.CEO Pete Snyder(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2022:
AK: Incumbent Mike Dunleavy(R)
vs.Bill Walker(? D)
vs.Al Gross(? I)
AL: Incumbent Kay Ivey(R)
vs.Chris Countryman(D)
AR: Incumbent Asa Hutchinson(R,term-limited)
vs.Trump Adviser Sarah Huckabee Sanders(R)
vs.A.G. Leslie Rutledge(R)
vs.Ricky Dale Harrington(L)
vs.Anthony Bland(D)
AZ: Incumbent Doug Ducey(R,term-limited)
vs.Paul Gosar(? R)
Mayor Marco Lopez(D)
vs.Former news anchor Kari Lake(R)
vs.Secretary of State Katie Hobbs(D)
vs.State Treasurer Kimberly Yee(R)
vs.U.S.Rep.Matt Salmon(R)
vs.Steve Gaynor(R)
vs.State Rep.Aaron Lieberman(D)
CA: Incumbent Gavin Newsom(D)
vs.S.D.Mayor Kevin_Faulconer(R)
vs.Former Gov. nominee John Cox(R)
vs.Antonio Villaraigosa(? D)
CO: Incumbent Jared Polis(D)
vs.Mayor Greg Lopez(R)
CT: Incumbent Ned Lamont(D)
vs.Bob Stefanowski(? R)
FL: Incumbent Ron DeSantis(R)
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vs.Rep.Stephanie Murphy(? D)
vs.Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried(D)
GA: Incumbent Brian Kemp(R)
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vs.Senate candidate Shane Hazel(L)
vs.State Rep.Vernon Jones(R)
vs.2020 candidate Kandiss Taylor(R)
HI: Incumbent David Ige(D,term-limited)
vs.Marissa Kerns(R)
vs.Lt.Gov.Josh Green(D)
IA: Incumbent Kim Reynolds(R)
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vs.State Rep.Ras Smith(D)
ID: Incumbent Brad Little(R)
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vs.Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin(R)
vs.Ammon Bundy(R)
IL: Incumbent J.B. Pritzker(D)
vs.State Sen.Darren Bailey(R)
KS: Incumbent Laura Kelly(D)
vs.Jeff Colyer(R)
vs.State Sen.Derek Schmidt(R)
Gubernatorial Debates 2022 (continued):
MA: Incumbent Charlie Baker(R)
vs.Lt.Gov.Karyn Polito(R)
vs.State Rep. Geoff Diehl(R)
vs.Harvard Professor Danielle Allen(D)
vs.State Sen.Ben Downing(D)
vs.State Sen.Sonia Chang-Diaz(D)
MD: Incumbent Larry Hogan(R,term-limited)
vs.State Rep. Robin Ficker(R)
vs.State Rep. Peter Franchot(D)
vs.State Del.Kelly M. Schulz(R)
vs.Secretary John B. King(D)
vs.Obama administration Ashwani Jain(D)
vs.State attorney-general Doug Gansler(D)
vs.County executive Rushern Baker(D)
vs.Secretary Thomas Perez(D)
ME: Incumbent Janet Mills(D)
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MI: Incumbent Gretchen Whitmer(D)
vs.Chief James Craig(R)
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MN: Incumbent Tim Walz(DFL)
vs.Mayor Mike Murphy(R)
vs.State Sen.Scott Jensen(R)
NE: Incumbent Pete Ricketts(R,term-limited)
vs.U.S.Senator Bob Krist(R)
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NH: Incumbent Chris Sununu(R)
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vs.Kelly Ayotte(? R)
NM: Incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham(D)
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vs.State Rep.Rebecca Dow(R)
NV: Incumbent Steve Sisolak(D)
vs.A.G.Adam Laxalt(R)
vs.U.S.Rep. Mark Amodei(? R)
vs.North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee(R)
NY: Incumbent Andrew Cuomo(D)
vs.Lt.Gov.Kathy Hochul(D)
vs.Rob Astorino(R)
vs.Andrew Giuliani(R)
vs.US.Rep.Lee Zeldin(R)
OH: Incumbent Mike DeWine(R)
vs.Former Rep.Jim Renacci(R)
vs.Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley(D)
vs.Mayor John Cranley(D)
OK: Incumbent Kevin Stitt(R)
vs.State Sen. Ervin Yen(R)
vs.Connie Johnson(D)
OR: Incumbent Kate Brown(D,term-limited)
vs.Gov. nominee Bud Pierce(R)
vs.Paul Romero(R)
vs.Casey Kulla(D)
vs.Kerry McQuisten(R)
PA: Incumbent Tom Wolf(D,term-limited)
vs.U.S.Rep. Lou Barletta(R)
vs.Commissioner Joe Gale(R)
vs.A.G.Josh Shapiro(D)
RI: Incumbent Gina Raimondo(D,to Cabinet)
vs.Gov. Dan McKee(D)
vs.Secy.Matt Brown(? D)
vs.Mayor Allan Fung(R)
vs.Luis-Daniel Munoz(D)
vs.RI Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea(D)
SC: Incumbent Henry McMaster(R)
vs.State Rep. James Emerson Smith(? D)
vs.US.Rep.Joe Cunningham(D)
vs.State senator Mia McLeod(D)
SD: Incumbent Kristi Noem(R)
vs.State Rep. Billie Sutton(? D)
TN: Incumbent Bill Lee(R)
vs.Senate nominee Marquita Bradshaw(? D)
vs.Carnita Atwater(D)
TX: Incumbent Greg Abbott(R)
vs.Chad Prather(R)
vs.State Sen.Don Huffines(R)
vs.U.S.Rep. Allen West(R)
vs.Deidre Gilbert(D)
VT: Incumbent Phil Scott(R)
(no prospective opponents yet)
WI: Incumbent Tony Evers(D)
vs.CEO Jonathan Wichmann(R)
WY: Incumbent Mark Gordon(R)
vs.Minority Leader Chris Rothfuss(? D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2023:
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vs.Former Gov. Matt Bevin(? R)

vs.Senator Rand Paul(? R)
vs.State Auditor Mark Harmon(R)
LA: Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
vs.Biden Adviser Cedric Richmond(? D)
vs.Senator John Neely Kennedy(? R)
MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
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