Utah

Fri
15
Jan

Utah Man facing 40 years in prison for selling marijuana

A South Sound man could potentially spend the next 40 years in prison after he was convicted Friday of illegally growing and selling marijuana.

Prosecutors say 37-year-old Lance Edward Gloor and his business partner opened four illegal marijuana dispensaries throughout Puget Sound. The men claimed the shops were non-profit medical dispensaries, but in reality Gloor was making millions of dollars and breaking state laws, according to prosecutors.

Prior to opening the shops, Gloor was arrested in 2010 when police searched his home and found more than 70 pot plants and a firearm.

Fri
15
Jan

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.

Thu
14
Jan

Utah Medical marijuana gets another shot

SALT LAKE CITY — When Malinda Heiner was 16 months old, a 53-minute seizure changed the course of her life forever.

Malinda's brain suffered so much damage that she hasn't stopped seizing since.

Now 14 years old, Malinda has 30 to 40 seizures a day. She's confined to a wheelchair, not speaking, not communicating, but seizing all the time.

Medicine has only caused more issues, says her mother, Melanie Heiner. Instead of stopping Malinda's seizures, they've only disrupted her appetite and sleep.

On Wednesday morning, Heiner, her daughter and about 30 other people stood in the Capitol rotunda and called on lawmakers to take a second look at a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

Wed
13
Jan

Salt Lake County DA backs medical marijuana legislation

SALT LAKE CITY — District Attorney Sim Gill appeared alongside dozens of people who have admitted to using medical marijuana in a show of support for legislation that would legalize it in Utah.

“We need to start thinking about our public policy,” Gill said Wednesday.

A pair of bills are being introduced in the upcoming legislative session that would allow medical cannabis in Utah — but with different impacts. One bill by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, was unveiled Wednesday ahead of a news conference by the Libertas Institute, a Libertarian-leaning think tank that is backing his bill. It would allow for medical cannabis with THC to be distributed through the Utah Department of Agriculture and the Utah Department of Health.

Wed
13
Jan

Utah Mom With Rare, Painful Disease Advocates Marijuana Legalization: 'Any Politician Who Has a Heart Should Get Behind this Effort'

While her two young daughters were shopping with their father in South Weber, Utah, last Oct. 1, Enedina Stanger stayed behind in the parking lot. She had tried everything to help ease the pain from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome – the rare and potentially fatal genetic tissue disorder she suffers from – but nothing else worked. She lit up a marijuana cigarette. 

After she was finished, she rolled down the window of her van to let out the smoke. That's when somebody passing by called the police, claiming Enedina was smoking in front of her daughters, who by then had returned to the parking lot with their father, Mike Stanger. 

Mon
28
Dec

The Toughest Marijuana Laws in the United States

CANNABIS CULTURE – Now that Canada is poised to legalize cannabis for all adults, you may grow complacent about how much trouble marijuana can get you into in the United States.

Sure, we’ve got four states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington) that have legalized some possession of weed, with another five states (Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada) likely to legalize in 2016. You can even possess pot in our nation’s capital, Washington DC.

Mon
07
Dec

State lawmakers gear up for another round of debate over medical marijuana

(KUTV) Utah's legislative session begins on January 25 and ends on March 11. Two Utah lawmakers will introduce competing bills to legalize medicial marijuana.

One bill, sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen (R, Saratoga Springs), proposes to legalize the use of edible cannabis and another form to be vaporized and consumed. Madsen says he will not propose smoking pot, because there are other side effects associated with that method. His bill will allow for the marijuana to be destributed only to those with certain medical ailments and in a very regulated and controlled environment.

Madsen believes nearly 100,000 Utahns could potentially benefit with this bills passage.

Mon
30
Nov

Debate over medical marijuana set to return to Utah's Capitol Hill

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Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC 4 Utah) – State Senator, Mark Madsen is ready for round two in his fight to legalize medical marijuana in Utah.

After falling one vote short in the Senate earlier this year, Madsen will introduce his bill again in the next General Session.

Senator Madsen talks about how his bill differs this time around and the Inside Utah Politics Panel debates both sides of the controversial issue.

 

Mon
30
Nov

The Surprising State That Could Become the 24th to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Next year promises to be action-packed in a variety of ways. Americans will be electing a new president, the make-up of Congress could once again shift, and more states are likely to be placing marijuana initiatives on their ballots to expand its use medically or recreationally (or both) as Ohio recently attempted with its November 2015 proposal.

Thu
19
Nov

Lawmakers give nod to medical marijuana for Utah patients

Utah patients with conditions ranging from cancer pain to epilepsy would be able to take medicine with cannabidiol (CBD) — a marijuana extract — under a bill endorsed Wednesday by an interim legislative committee.

But the Health and Human Services Interim Committee backed away from the more ambitious medical marijuana plan proposed by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs. Madsen said he still plans to propose his legislation to the full Legislature.

The bills are likely to trigger lots of debate in the upcoming session as a host of sick Utahns plead for a medicine they believe will ease their pain. Some medical and law enforcement professionals, meanwhile, will urge caution, as they have in a series of committee meetings since spring.

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