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I got a misdemeanor citation in March for my medicinal marijuana and had to under go the evaluation today. I explained that it was medically cleared...
originally posted by: JakobeSVT
Want to get some feedback / thoughts on the current substance abuse treatment programs here in Utah County, Utah. The courts will recommend a substance abuse evaluation ($68) and a drug test ($21) upon any substance abuse related charge or a DUI. I got a misdemeanor citation in March for my medicinal marijuana and had to under go the evaluation today. I explained that it was medically cleared and was being used after sigmoid volvulus surgery in lieu or narcotics / opiates as needed to suppress pain. The evaluation was today, in July, I hadn’t smoked since March after getting charged, and I don’t smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol. Basically no “substance abuse / drug or alcohol abuse”. After my evaluation they want me to complete a PRIME for life course ($200), if I don’t complete their recommendation i’ll be non-compliant and put in jail, essentially kidnapped from my life...
I'm willing to bet that not a single individual that had to take a drug and alcohol assessment in Utah County made it out of there with out having to go to a class of some kind, or was sent to a rehab for treatment, even if they didn't need it. 100% of people that take their assessment don't need to go to their county sponsored rehab or classes, especially just for being arrested with some weed! Please see Utah annotated code 26-61a-104 (Qualifying conditions).
It feels like a huge cash grab, they found a way to extort money from people stuck in the system. Something smells fishy here, and it ain’t the lake.
I’ve never submitted a GRAMA request or FOIA request, I put together a letter to send them, but wanted some feedback before I go deliver it
“It is my belief the county is operating a profit scheme”
Thanks for the comments and reading my post...
Utah FOIA Request
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[Ombudsman of Records]
[Regarding: Utah County Division of Substance Abuse (aDDAPT)]
[346 S Rio Grande St]
[Salt Lake City, UT 84101]
Dear [Rosemary Cundiff - Ombudsman of Records]:
Under the Utah Government Records Access and Management Act, §63-2-101 et seq., I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of public records that: [pertain to the number of people subjected to an alcohol and drug assessment in Utah County due to court order, and specifically the outcome of the assessment regarding classes and treatment. It is my belief that the county is running a profit scheme and recommending treatment for individuals not in need of any treatment. In example: People have been issued a citation regarding their medicinal marijuana possession (Utah annotated code 26-61a-104) and are now subjected to a drug and alcohol assessment, said individuals may not be in need of any treatment but the aDDAPT center forces them into PRIME for life classes and other various recommendations, along with the fees associated with said services. This information will be used to bring public awareness to unfair treatment recommendations, subjective fines and fees collected by the county, and other information regarding un-fair practices.]
If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $1. However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of substance abuse treatment. I am not affiliated with any news source but it is my intent to share my research and findings with multiple news outlets. This information is not being sought for commercial purposes.
The Utah Government Records Access and Management Act requires that public records responses be made within at least 10 business days if the records are for individual purposes or within five business days if the record is meant to benefit the general public. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than this amount of time, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.
If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.
Thank you for considering my request.
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