Utah

Sat
20
Feb

'Follow the money:' Cache legislators discuss funding, budgets, medical marijuana

With the Utah State Legislature past the halfway mark of its session, Cache County’s legislators held to a common theme in their reports at the weekly constituent meeting Saturday morning: money.

“One thing I’ve always said when you’re looking at who’s supporting what issue is to follow the money,” Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, said when discussing medical marijuana legislation in the Senate. “If an initiative comes along to put marijuana legalization on the ballot, ask yourself where all the money is coming to pay for it, because I guarantee it will be lambasted with money. It’s not going to be these poor sick people, but the people who see money in selling the drug.”

Sat
20
Feb

Changes to medical marijuana bill keeps family from returning home to Utah

Salt Lake City —

(KUTV) Enedina and Michael Stanger's hopes to move back to Utah were crushed when lawmakers made big changes to SB 73 - Utah's controversial medical marijuana bill.

In October, The Stanger's left their life in Utah behind to move to Colorado where marijuana is legal. Enedina needed cannabis for relief of severe symptoms caused by EDS a genetic disease that affects the body's connective tissue.

"It's really sad to be rejected by a community and by a culture and by a state that I love so much," said Enedina of having to leave.

Fri
19
Feb

Marijuana Legalization 2016: Utah Debates Medical Cannabis As Mormon Church Stands Opposed

The debate over medical marijuana in Utah will continue Monday after lawmakers ran out of time debating the issue Friday, the Associated Press reported. The Mormon church has come out against proposed legislation that would allow for marijuana use in edible or vapor form for medical purposes.

Fri
19
Feb

Mixed emotions as medical marijuana debate gets underway

Salt Lake City —

(KUTV) Mixed emotions were found on Capitol Hill today during discussion of the controversial medical marijuana bill. Last minute changes were made to the bill that helped it gain some support in Senate, but lose some patient support.

An amendment says the entire plant can no longer be used, only an extract.

This brought Enedina Stanger, a 27-year-old mother to tears. Enedina suffers from a brittle bone condition and had to move her family to Colorado so she could have access to the medicinal cannabis she needs.

"We just wanted to come back home this year and it doesn't look like that's going to be possible, even if the bill passes. I need the whole plant," Stanger told 2News.

Fri
19
Feb

Rep. Chaffetz wants to legalize CBD marijuana extract in states where approved for medical use

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, joined Friday's debate over medical marijuana in the Utah Legislature, telling lawmakers he is about to introduce a bill in Congress to legalize cannabidiol in states where it's approved for patient use.

In response to questions from lawmakers during his annual report to the Legislature, Chaffetz said he has no interest in seeing the legalization of medical marijuana that could end up being used recreationally.

But Chaffetz said he wants to remove federal prohibitions on the medical use of cannabidiol, a marijuana extract believed to fight seizures that is low in THC, the hallucinogenic chemical responsible for the "high” associated with marijuana.

Fri
19
Feb

20 states report pot legalization measures in 2016 election

Voters in 20 U.S. states could potentially legalize some form of cannabis use in the November 2016 election — part of a historic backlash to the century-old war on marijuana.

According to Ballotpedia, the encyclopedia of American politics, activists have submitted ballot measures for public vote in: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Wed
17
Feb

Mormons give blessing to Utah CBD bill, but against THC products

LDS leaders support state senate proposal that would legalize medical marijuana products containing cannabidiol (CBD), but not a bill that allows access to products containing THC.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has clarified its differing opinions on two separate pieces of medical marijuana legislation.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the church specified its concerns in a statement last week, saying the measures take very different approaches to access, distribution and control of the hallucinogenic compound THC.

Wed
17
Feb

Utah leaders may ask congress to reclassify marijuana on national drug schedule

The Utah Senate could urge congress to change marijuana's status on the national drug schedule, which could open the door to medical marijuana research in Utah.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 11, sponsored by Sen. Brian Shiozawa (R) - Salt Lake, would require the approval of the full legislature and Governor Gary Herbert, but if passed would mark a significant change in tone about marijuana from state leaders.

Marijuana is currently ranked on the DEA's drug schedule as 'Schedule One,' putting in a group of other drugs with 'no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.' Other Schedule One drugs include, Heroin, LSD, and Ecstasy.

Sun
14
Feb

Despite hypothetical fears, much is known about medical cannabis

Regarding Senate Bill 73 (Medical Cannabis Act), the Utah Medical Association recently tweeted that none of their practicing docs "are complaining about (its) stance" against the bill. However, even in the medical community, opinions are as varied as the beautiful landscape of our state. A number of groups have come out against SB73 based on what "could" happen, or about "unintended consequences that may accompany" the bill. The arguments against medical marijuana are largely based on hypotheticals and what-ifs.

Fortunately, Utah isn't the first state to tackle this issue. Nearly half the states in our nation have medical cannabis laws and we can leverage their experience. So what could we expect from passing SB73?

Sat
13
Feb

LDS Church explains stances on 2 medical marijuana bills

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has clarified its differing opinions on medical marijuana legislation.

The LDS Church specified its concerns in a statement last week, saying the measures take very different approaches to access, distribution and control of the hallucinogenic compound THC.

Saratoga Springs Republican Sen. Mark Madsen sponsored a bill that allows patients with a doctor's recommendation to access products containing THC. He said in early February that the church owed an explanation to the people for its differing views.

A bill sponsored by Cedar City Republican Sen. Evan Vickers and Orem Republican Rep. Brad Daw legalizes products containing marijuana plant extracts containing almost no THC.

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