Utah

Mon
25
Sep

Why medical marijuana research is gaining support from the GOP

Some Utah residents are working overtime to get medical marijuana on the state’s ballot next year. They seem to have just gotten a surprising new Republican ally in their effort – Senator Orrin Hatch.

The state's senior senator – an octogenarian who is third in line for the presidency – publicly broke ranks with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, GOP leaders and many of his Mormon constituents when he endorsed medicinal marijuana last week. When I caught up with him on an elevator on the Capitol grounds, surrounded by his ever-present security detail, I asked what brought about his evolution on the issue.

Thu
14
Sep

Marijuana advocates aren't laughing at Senator Orrin Hatch's pot puns

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch issued a pun-laden statement Wednesday announcing legislation that would remove hurdles for medical marijuana research, but legalization activists aren’t laughing.

“It’s high time to address research into medical marijuana,” said Hatch, a conservative Republican. “To be blunt, we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the MEDS Act.”

Thu
14
Sep

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."

Mon
28
Aug

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.

Mon
24
Jul

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.

National

Wed
12
Jul

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.

Mon
22
May

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.

Fri
28
Apr

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.

Tue
25
Apr

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.

Wed
05
Apr

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.

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