Representative Jim Nielson (Republican from District 19) gave this opinion regarding his personal opinion about legalizing medicinal cannabis in Utah:
“Discouraging is the fact that you make inferences about how much respect we have for our constituents based on the lack of responses to your survey. These sorts of ad hominem
(Definition of hominem
1: appealing to feelings or prejudices rather than intellect and/or
2: marked by or being an attack on an opponent’s character rather than by an answer to the contentions made)
attacks do not advance your cause”
Representative Jim Nielson (Republican representative District 19, click here for an interactive map to find who represents your area of Utah
On June 11, 2013, Representative Nielson stated:
“I oppose legalization of marijuana in any form”.
“My reason is that whatever form legalization might take, usage would certainly increase. History provides ample, consistent, and predictable evidence that when a substance is not controlled, its use increases. When it is controlled, usage decreases”.
“I add to that fact my understanding of the research: that the deleterious effects of marijuana use substantially outweigh any benefits”.
“I have not used your survey below. You ask repeatedly about what I believe regarding various issues of fact. As I have just inferred, issues such as whether cannabis is addictive and whether it has medicinal value are not issues of belief. These are issues of evidence and fact, so my beliefs on the subject, or those of anyone else, are irrelevant”.
“And no, I have not ever used marijuana or anything related to it”.
“By the way, your survey seems to include gotcha questions and push-polling techniques. Accordingly, the results will hardly be scientific or reliable. So I would caution you not to make any official or policy-related use of them because the responses are not likely to reflect a true measure of aggregate opinions on this complex subject”.
“Finally, let me just note that email is not the forum for an effective debate on the merits of your proposal. If you would like to discuss the matter in detail, please call me at the number below”.
-Rep. Jim Nielson
According to Representative Nielson’s House profile: (available by clicking this link), this Brigham Young University (B.A. in English) and University of Oregon (received Masters of Architecture currently works as an Architect and has served held his Legislative service since January 1, 2011.
Representative Nielson also served as an appointee to the Reagan Administration from 1983-1988, served as Utah architect licensing board members from 2006-2010 and was a volunteer for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games.
His representation on various Committees in the Utah House includes:
- Education Interm Committee
- House Education Committee
- House Revenue and Taxation Committee
- Public Education Appropriations Sub-committee
- Revenue and Taxation Interm Committee
By reaching out and responding to Jim and expressing yourself, whatever your need, medicinal, recreational, he can begin his education in the benefits of cannabis and hemp.
His cell phone number is 801-550-3474, his home address is listed at 331 East 900 South, Bountiful, Utah 84010. To reach out to Representative Nielson by e-mail, click this link, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Representative Nielson is also only being given one star due to his obvious ignorance on the subject of cannabis as his yet another terse, response and lack of overall understanding or respect.
How many stars, if you were a Utah voter, would you give him and why?
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