Kaysville candidate for state office hopes to help legalize medical cannabis

Posted at 7:36 PM, Jun 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-27 22:09:44-04

SALT LAKE CITY -  A Kaysville mother who suffered for decades with severe chronic migraines and an inoperable brain tumor, credits her improved health to medical cannabis.

Now, she wants to help others by running for office.

Democrat Christine Stenquist officially kicked off her campaign for house district 17.

“I did feel like patients weren't being heard, I felt like my voice wasn`t being heard and wasn't being respected and I was moved to get into the legislature and represent those who are like me,“ said Christine Stenquist.

Democrat Christine Stenquist is running for house district 17 against republican Stewart Barlow.

"There are patients that are really sick that have hit a wall and they haven`t gotten relief through traditional eastern - excuse me traditional western medicine and so they`re turning to other alternatives like medical cannabis," said Stenquist.

Stenquist is calling for  the legalization of medical marijuana not just at the state level..

“We`re working on the federal scheduling - that`s really important to me so we can have the federal government and the states` rights - having a more connected, cohesive environment happening so that we can have a program that`s established there,” said Stenquist.

She said her motives lie in her experience.

“Because I am coming at this as a mother and as a stay at home mom for a lot of years and not only that, as a patient who had to deal with the healthcare system,” said Stenquist.

And though she plans to fight on in search for better access to medical marijuana…

“I don`t think im a one issue candidate  - I think the one issue opened up my eyes to all the other issues that are actually plaguing our community,” said Stenquist.