The candidate profile is published online here,…
I am a 1984 graduate of Central Cabarrus High School, having lived in Cabarrus County since 1972. I am a self-employed journeyman electrician with over 36 years of experience. I served as volunteer youth basketball coach for 15 years (Cabarrus County Parks & Rec. and Philadelphia Presbyterian Church). I currently serve as an officer in a local fraternity. For a snapshot of my 20-year political career, please visit
Why are you the best candidate?
I am the only truly independent candidate. My only special interest is to serve the citizens of our county. I am the only local candidate, for any office, with the courage to truly tackle our tragic opioid crisis. Twenty-nine states and D.C. has some sort of legal cannabis (marijuana). Where there is safe access to legal cannabis, opioid-related overdoses have dropped by at least 25 percent. Some states are allowing doctors to prescribe cannabis in lieu of opioid painkillers. I call on the county to declare a public health emergency and immediately decriminalize cannabis and allow patients to grow their own medicine. Cabarrus County should be on the cutting edge of compassion by protecting our God-given right to self-medicate ourselves with natural and organic plants. The war on cannabis is a war on Nature and Humanity and anyone who doesn’t believe this is ignorant, anti-science and downright wrong!
My answers for the Cabarrus Magazine’s October Issue Candidates Profile…
Q: What is the single biggest issue facing Cabarrus County? What is your plan to address that issue?
A: The opioid crisis. I call for the county to declare a public health emergency and immediately decriminalize cannabis (marijuana) in the county. In states with access to safe, legal cannabis, opioid-related deaths have dropped at least 25 percent. Cabarrus County should be on the cutting edge of compassion and defend its citizens’ God-given right to self-medicate safely.
I believe in science and self ownership. Cannabis has been proven to be a powerful weapon against the opioid abuse epidemic, which is currently plaguing our county, state and nation.
Cabarrus County Government should be on the cutting edge of compassion by defending the right of county residents to responsibly use cannabis as a medicine. If elected, I will advocate for patient rights and the right to choose your own medicines.
In her opinion piece titled. “Is Cannabis the Answer to the Opioid Crisis?”, Adie Wilson-Poe, Ph.D., a scientific adviser to Weedmaps, and a faculty member at the Washington University School of Medicine, writes…
With 29 states and the District of Columbia legalizing medical cannabis since 1996, individual states are fast becoming incubators of important public health data as it relates to opioids and cannabis. We are watching this data closely. Work published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that opioid mortality drops by nearly 25 percent when a U.S. state legalizes medical cannabis; and that percentage goes up the longer the state has the law on the books. This compelling data should not be ignored.
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