Utah State Legislature to consider two medical marijuana bills

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah State Legislature will consider two separate medical marijuana bills when it meets next year.

But cannabis advocates claim only one of those bills will actually do patients some good.

The legislature's interim Health and Human Services Committee met Wednesday to discuss a pair of bills. One is sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem; the other is sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs.

Rep. Daw said his bill would allow for cannabidoil to be used to treat a long list of diseases and conditions including cancer, HIV/AIDS, and epilepsy. He told the committee that prescribing doctors would provide research on its effectiveness to the legislature that would be considered when the law would come up for renewal.


Cannabis oil cures terminal cancer in three-year-old after pharmaceutical drugs fail miserably

A 3 year-old Utah boy, diagnosed with leukemia and told by doctors that he had mere days to live, is now alive and well not because he continued his chemotherapy, but because he obtained cannabis oil treatment instead. (1)

The family, fed up with the fact that the only treatment doctors could recommend was chemotherapy--even after little Landon Riddle kept vomiting dozens of times daily and refused to eat after two months of chemo--looked into cannabis oil treatment. After reading up about it online and researching the details, they traveled to Colorado where such a treatment is legal, to help Landon. (1)


Qualifying Conditions For Cannabis By State


Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Alaska include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain
  • Seizures

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Alaska’s application for medical marijuana registry



Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Arizona include:


Medical Marijuana Helped Save This Child From Cancer, But Only After His Mother Put Up The Fight of Her Life

On September 30, 2012, Sierra Riddle’s life was turned upside down when her 2-year-old son, Landon, was diagnosed with Leukemia and given an 8 to 10 percent chance to live past the next 24 to 48 hours.

“It was the absolute most terrifying day of my life,” Riddle wrote on Landon’s blog.

For the next four months, Landon would be subjected to rounds of chemotherapy, drugs and the side-effects of treating his cancer. Just 30 days after he started chemo, Landon’s physical appearance and quality of life changed.


Colorado drug investigator to Utah: Beware of medical marijuana

Legalizing medical marijuana would open the door to a host of problems, including abuse by children and deaths from psychotic reactions, a Colorado drug-law enforcer warned Utah lawmakers Wednesday.

Legalizing medical marijuana would open the door to a host of problems, including abuse by children and deaths from psychotic reactions, a Colorado drug-law enforcer warned Utah lawmakers Wednesday.

Jim Gerhardt, vice president of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association, provided the Health and Human Services Interim Committee with a litany of woes Utah's neighboring state has experienced since legalizing medical marijuana.


Sen. Madsen Lambasts Anti-Marijuana Advocate

With medical marijuana continuing to be a hot topic on Capitol Hill, it came as no surprise that the topic was the only one discussed during Wednesday’s hearing in the Health and Human Services Interim Committee.

In general, it appeared that the HHS committee was at least warming to the idea of considering a law that would allow the legal purchase of the Schedule I drug. This statement was bolstered by the first hour of the discussion when members of the public shared their personal stories of marijuana use in light of various severe illnesses.

The committee was further intrigued after hearing from Dr. Edward Clark, Chair of the University of Utah Health Care’s Department of Pediatrics and Chief Medical Officer of Intermountain Healthcare’s Primary Children’s Hospital.


Utah: Libertas Institute Hosts Public Forum On Medical Cannabis

ST. GEORGE — The Libertas Institute, an organization dedicated to advancing the cause of liberty in the state of Utah, will hold a public forum on proposals to legalize medical cannabis Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Dixie Center St. George, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive, St. George.

According to a press release from the Libertas Institute, this will be the third in a series of public forums on the issue. The first, which was held in Ogden, focused on the law enforcement aspect of legalizing medical marijauna. The second, held in Provo focused solely on patient stories.

Thursday’s forum will be more of a general event, Libertas Institute President Connor Boyack said, adding that it will broadly touch on a lot of the issues.


Medical cannabis ramps up in Provo, Utah

A public panel discussion on the benefits of medical cannabis legalization was held at Provo City Library June 16. The event, sponsored by Libertas Institute and the Drug Policy Project of Utah, was part of a community outreach initiative to foster public awareness and gain support for the S.B. 259 Fourth Substitute Medical Cannabis Amendment, sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs.

Over 200 attendees showed up to listen to Madsen explain the new amendment and to hear four panel members share their personal stories of how medical cannabis has helped their lives.


Family With Suffering Children Says Cannabis Oil Treatment Needs To Be Legal

There is bad luck, and then there is the plight of Aaron and Emily Campbell of Orem, Utah, who have already watched their eldest daughter die from a rare neurodegenerative disease and can expect two more of their kids to suffer the same fate. The daughter they lost experienced a slow, painful death. As another daughter has begun to show signs of the disease, the Campbell family has turned to cannabis oil, which is illegal in their state, to ease her suffering.


In Our View: Medical marijuana

During the 2015 legislative session, SB259, a bill sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, which would have legalized medical marijuana in Utah, failed to pass the Utah Senate by just one vote.

The bill identified a number of illnesses that would have qualified patients to receive cannabis, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, AIDS, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, glaucoma and severe or chronic pain.


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