Board of health cautious on medical marijuana benefits

The Bear River Board of Health members discussed their position on the use of medical marijuana as the Utah State Legislature prepares to debate a pair of bills regarding its legalization, acknowledging possible medical benefits while taking a cautious approach to its application.

Board member Dr. Jim Davis presented a look at the possible benefits of the marijuana plant as a treatment for serious illness, particularly in cases of epilepsy, nausea and chronic pain, but also noted there was not yet enough conclusive evidence pointing to it as a superior or equally effective treatment for illnesses that already have more regulated treatments with fewer associated risks.

“If medical treatment is our overall goal, there are other ways to accomplish it,” Davis said to the board. “For medical marijuana advocates, I’m not certain that is their top priority. To some, medical marijuana is just about getting high.”


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