‘Bad drug policy’: One Democrat’s switch to a ‘no’ vote

By: - May 16, 2023 2:09 pm

Rep. Lauren Davis, D-Shoreline, backed the legislation in April. Not today.

“This bill is bad drug policy,” she said because it “neutralizes” the most effective tools to combat the fentanyl crisis and help people into recovery.

And, she said, “It upholds the wrong notion that we can punish someone into recovery.”

The purpose of the special session is to solve a problem, Davis added. “This bill doesn’t solve the problem. It makes it worse.”

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Jerry Cornfield
Jerry Cornfield

Jerry Cornfield joined the Standard after 20 years covering Olympia statehouse news for The Everett Herald. Earlier in his career, he worked for daily and weekly papers in Santa Barbara, California.