Democrat Candidate for Governor Josh Owens: Raise the Smoking Age, Treat Teachers Better, Decriminalize Marijuana

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Democrat Candidate for Governor Josh Owens: Raise the Smoking Age, Treat Teachers Better, Decriminalize Marijuana

Owens sat down for an interview with our newsgathering partners, WISH-TV, on Wednesday.

INDIANAPOLIS--Josh Owens wants to be Indiana's next governor. He believes he has the background Indiana needs. 

In an interview with WISH-TV, Owens, a Democrat, says the world is changing quickly and he can give Indiana a more inclusive future for every Hoosier. Much of what could make that future better is treating teachers better, he says. 

"We've got some teachers who are making the same amount of money they've made for the last 10 years. We can look at a few different things. The state announced that they are putting $50 million toward a State Fair swine barn. That's money that could be allocated to our teachers and our classrooms," Owens said. 

He was also critical of ILearn. 

"The ILearn test that we paid $20 million for that just replaced the old test that everyone is now saying we should say in the trash bin. That is a waste of money. It's not about not having the money to pay the teachers more. It's about having the right priorities and bringing the right stakeholders to the table to get the job done," Owens said. 

Owens is also in favor of decriminalizing marijuana. 

"Not just because of the impact it has in our communities, but because we can take those tax dollars and put them into better healthcare outcomes for young mothers and for individuals still suffering from opioid addictions," Owens said. 

He said vaping needs to be regulated the same way smoking is regulated. Owens is also in favor of raising the smoking age.   

(PHOTO: WISH-TV)

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