It’s Time to Change The Conservative Cannabis Conversation

Angela Harris never thought she would try cannabis, let alone suggest others use it. Harris is a conservative who grew up a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in central California and Boise, Idaho. It wasn’t until she saw the healing powers of cannabis that she tried it herself, and today she advocates and teaches others in conservative religious communities about plant medicines and alternative healing.

“For me, I want to speak to middle America, I get that cannabis is a hard subject for families. The bottom line is that we have been lied to and we need to be able to be more open to that,” – Angela Harris


For patients needing medical marijuana, sales of the product cannot come soon enough

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) – Southern Nevada has taken a big step to get medical marijuana to patients.

The first lab in Clark County is ready to start testing the quality of marijuana before it’s distributed to dispensaries where residents with medical marijuana cards can by the product.

But a major obstacle remains. There’s very little marijuana to test.

For patients like Raquel Wilson, the availability of medical marijuana cannot come too soon.

Wilson loves to dance and sing. She was as full of life as any teen.

A year ago, Wilson started feeling sick. A visit to a doctor led to a diagnosis: a Stage 4 cancerous brain tumor

“My mind tells me to be careful, because not everything is miraculous.” Wilson says.


Uruguayan Government Grants Plandai Biotechnology Provisional License for the Research & Development of Prescription Cannabinoid Medicines

LOGAN, UT--(Marketwired - May 14, 2015) -Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc. (PLPL) (“Plandaí” or “the Company”), announced today that the Government of Uruguay, through its Institute of Regulation and Control of Cannabis (IRCCA), granted Plandai Biotechnology Uruguay S.A. a provisional license under the Marijuana and Derivates Law 19.172, Decree No.46/2015, Articles 6 and 9, to establish a scientific program for the research, and development of prescription cannabinoid medicines.


Gov. Gary Herbert says he's 'open to the idea of medical marijuana'

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he's open to legalizing marijuana in Utah for medical use.

"I'm open to the idea of medical marijuana and the discussion of how it can be used as a medicine based on science, and making sure we have good, collaborative efforts so we can answer the questions that are out there," the governor said.

Herbert said during the taping of his monthly news conference on KUED Ch. 7 that the state has "a history of looking at opportunities, for medical purposes, to bring substances on board that maybe historically have not been traditional medicine."

He cited cannabis oil, approved by lawmakers a year ago, as "helping people who have had seizures, and seems to be demonstrating scientifically there is some benefit."


Medical marijuana bill returns to the Utah State Legislature

SALT LAKE CITY — A controversial bill that would allow medical marijuana to be sold and distributed in Utah will return to the state legislature this year.


Watch: Utah senator appeals to legacy of his grandpa, a Mormon prophet, in medical marijuana video

The intended audience is clear from the start of a new medical marijuana promotion video by state Sen. Mark Madsen.

"My name is Mark Benson Madsen," says the Saratoga Springs Republican, grandson of Ezra Taft Benson, 13th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"My grandfather was my hero and my friend long before I knew that he had been the secretary of agriculture or was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles," Madsen says.

Madsen's bill proposing medical cannabis failed by one vote in the Senate this year, and he knows he'll need to appeal to conservative Utah Mormon voters and his colleagues in the Legislature to support the measure next session.


To the Bitter End: The 9 States Where Marijuana Will Be Legalized Last

We know the end is coming, but pot prohibition is going to have to be undone state by state. Here are the ones least likely to jump on the bandwagon.

Marijuana prohibition in the US is dying, but it isn't going to vanish in one fell swoop. Even if Congress were to repeal federal pot prohibition, state laws criminalizing the plant and its users would still be in effect—at least in some states.

And it's probably a pretty safe bet that Congress isn’t going to act until a good number of states, maybe more than half, have already legalized it. That process is already underway and is likely to gather real momentum by the time election day 2016 is over.


Mormon mom with cancer used medical marijuana to deliver healthy baby

SPANISH FORK, Utah – This Mormon mother, Tenille Farr, was diagnosed with state-2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when she was pregnant with her fifth child, Gabe.

Instead of going through chemotherapy and risking losing her baby, she left her family to treat naturally treat her cancer in Colorado and California where medical cannabis is legal.

According to IllegallyHealed.com, Farr used cannabis oil treat her symptoms and deliver a healthy baby boy, the family’s fifth son.

Her emotional video showing her journey and support for legalizing medical cannabis has been posted to YouTube with the following description:


From Stoned Bunnies to Cannabis-Based Pet Care: What's the Effect of Pot on Animals?

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — It appears that the DEA will stop at nothing to slow down and frustrate medical marijuana reform. That said, the latest "health warning" from the agency, this time in Utah, borders on the bizarre.

Special Agent Matt Fairbanks, a member of Utah's DEA marijuana eradication team, told a state panel of lawmakers in early March that stoned bunnies pose a major threat to public safety and as a result, should impede the current cannabis legalization initiative now the table in the state authorizing medical use for specific conditions.


Utah Senate votes down medical marijuana bill

Utah's Republican-controlled Senate rejected a bill Monday night allowing those with chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical marijuana products.

Senators voted 15-14 against the proposal, citing concerns about unintended consequences and trouble with the language that they said needed to be studied later this year.

Saratoga Springs Republican Sen. Mark Madsen sponsored the bill, which would have forbidden the smoking of marijuana but allowed businesses to grow marijuana and sell pot-infused products such as brownies, candy and lozenges.


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