Randy Delivers Speech on Need to Dedicate Funding Stream for Substance Use Efforts

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 @ 4:55PM

Randy Delivers Speech on Need to Dedicate Funding Stream for Substance Use Efforts

On October 11, 2017, during debate on a FY2017 supplemental budget, state Representative Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) delivered this speech on the floor of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He spoke in support of his proposal to dedicate funding from the state’s Marijuana Regulation Fund to substance use education, prevention, and treatment.

Rep. Hunt and his colleague, Rep. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen), filed the amendment (below) earlier that day. It failed to pass.

Speech Highlights:

“…from my perspective, I think we need to look at [the substance use issue] from a hundred-thousand feet and say, ‘We need to go upstream. We need to deal with our kids, our students in the schools; we need to put more effort into prevention and education and early intervention so that all of those people will not get to the point where we’re dealing with the cost of addiction treatment.’ That’s how we get our arms around this, similar to what happened with tobacco on a national basis.”

“But to be able to deal with this for the next twenty years, we need to have a dedicated source of funding that is not subject to the whims of the budget debate that we have every year, but is guaranteed. This amendment will do that, and it won’t overspend.”


Amendment #2 to H3951: Substance Use Prevention, Treatment and Education Funding

Representatives DiZoglio of Methuen and Hunt of Sandwich move to amend the bill by adding the following section: “SECTION XXXX. Subsection (b) of section 14 of chapter 94G of the General Laws, as amended by Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2017, is hereby amended by inserting after the words “chapter 94C” the following words:- ; provided, however, that not less than the lesser of 1) $30,000,000 or 2) 15 percent of monies deposited into the fund during the prior fiscal year shall be expended annually on substance use prevention and treatment programs, of which, not less than the lesser of 1) $5,000,000 or 2) two and one-half percent of monies shall be expended annually, distributed on a per pupil basis, to the public schools in the commonwealth to provide substance use education, prevention, intervention, social emotional supports, and professional development and training, as determined by the school district”.