Hatch announces support for medical marijuana in pun-laden statement

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced Wednesday that he will introduce a bill to remove barriers blocking research into medical marijuana.

In a pun-filled statement released on Twitter, Hatch said it was "high time" to address the issue.

“It’s high time to address research into medical marijuana,” Hatch said Wednesday. “Our country has experimented with a variety of state solutions without properly delving into the weeds on the effectiveness, safety, dosing, administration, and quality of medical marijuana."


Medical Marijuana advocates pushing for 2018 ballot initiative: Utah

Medical Marijuana advocates continue to collect signatures in hopes of taking the hot topic issue straight to voters. The Utah Patients Coalition joined Inside Utah Politics to talk about their effort to get a medical marijuana initiative on the ballot.

DJ Schanz, Campaign Director, Utah Patients Coalition, and Nathan Frodsham, a patient and board member for TRUCE talked to Chief Political Correspondent Glen Mills about patient challenges, initiative details, signature gathering and the 2018 general election.

To keep up with the Utah Patients Coalition visit: UtahPatients.org.


USA Medical Marijuana Update

USA Medical Marijuana Update

  1. A measure that would allow VA docs to issue medical marijuana recommendations advanced in the Senate.
  2. Massachusetts’ highest court rules in favor of a worker fired for using medical marijuana, and more.
  3. Utah regulators give initial approval for Hemp research
  4. Interview with Bruce Barren, Potnetwork Holdings’s (OTCMKT:POTN), brand Ambassador.



Hemp-Growing: First Step to Medicinal Cannabis in Utah?

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is considering a new rule that would allow some farmers to grow limited varieties of cannabis for research purposes.

The rule, given initial approval Tuesday by the state's Agricultural Advisory Board, would allow anyone with a permit to grow industrial hemp, cannabis plants that contains only small quantities of THC, the psychoactive compound associated with marijuana.

Under the rule, to obtain a growing permit, producers would have to submit a research plan for state approval, though the scope of potential topics for research is broad, said Melissa Ure, a policy analyst for the Utah Department of Agriculture.


Advocates respond after Utah sheriff's office calls medical marijuana a 'sham'

The Weber County Sheriff's Office is drawing some backlash for its thoughts on medicinal marijuana.

In a statement issued to the Utah Sheriff's Association Friday, the Department quoted the Utah Narcotics Officers Association saying:

“So called medical marijuana in other states has become a farce and a sham. The average user of smoked medical marijuana has no chronic illness and is a white male in his mid-30s with a history of drug and alcohol abuse."

The statement caught many supporters of medicinal marijuana off-guard.


Recreational marijuana sales considered in Utah-Nevada border towns

The neon lights of the casinos beckon you across the border for a little weekend fun.

Located right on the state line, this town of about 5,000 balloons to about 20,000 on weekends. People, mostly from Utah, arrive to drink, gamble or take in a concert. Now, city leaders are looking at another potential income source: marijuana.

"I have reservations, but I think it would be a good asset to the city for number one, revenue, and, for those that need it, medical marijuana," West Wendover City Councilman Jerry Anderson told FOX 13.


Teen Denied New Lungs Due to Marijuana Traces Found in System Dies After Transplant Surgery

A teenager denied new lungs because he had traces of marijuana in his system has died after transplant surgery.

Riley Hancey, 19, was diagnosed with a rare lung infection after both collapsed which he suffered after complaining of the flu.

The shock diagnosis stunned his parents and three siblings who described him as a "healthy teen" who enjoyed winter and summer sports.

Riley was working in Utah, USA, for his brother and at a ski resort when he was struck down with the infection.

He was admitted to the University of Utah Hospital and placed on the transplant list but was denied surgery there after tests showed traces of marijuana in his system.


Hospitals Deny Patients Organ Transplants for Smoking Weed

While the tension between state and federal laws has created a difficult situation for cannabis users, there’s another factor that is complicating the changing attitude towards weed: hospitals. Though it isn’t legally mandated, many hospitals won’t allow people who use weed to be placed on organ transplant waiting lists.


States Push Marijuana Legalization Bills Despite Opposition from the Federal Government

Lawmakers in about two dozen states have proposed bills this year to ease their marijuana laws despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions' warning that he could crack down on pot, a major change from the Obama administration, which essentially turned a blind eye to the state legislation.

Bills have been introduced in 17 states this year to make recreational pot legal for adults, while five others are considering voter referendums on the issue. Sixteen states have introduced medical marijuana legislation, 10 are considering decriminalizing the drug and three are considering easing their penalties. An effort in Wyoming to decriminalize the drug failed this session.


Utah group starts medical marijuana ballot initiative push

Medical marijuana advocates in Utah are planning to try to get an initiative on the November 2018 ballot that would allow the drug to be used for treatment.

Advocates say they're done waiting for state lawmakers, who have rejected passing a broad medical pot law during the last three consecutive sessions. Medical marijuana advocate Christine Stenquist says the legislature's decisions over the last few years have made it clear that lawmakers have no desire to move forward with legalizing the drug, so they're going to do it themselves.

Here are things to know about the ballot initiative and the work over the last few years in Utah to get medical marijuana legalized:



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