DEA joins Utah’s anti-cannabis coalition in attempt to kill medical marijuana ballot measure

Utah already put a medical marijuana legalization question on November’s ballot, but now a deep-pocketed group of DEA agents and conservatives is trying to reverse the successful petition.


University of Utah to research effect of cannabis on the brain

University of Utah researchers could soon be looking into how marijuana impacts the brain and if the medical benefits outweigh the risks.

“We’re going to study the effect of cannabis products on the brain,” said Jeffrey Anderson, a professor of radiology and imaging service at University of Utah.

University researchers are trying to shed light on some mysteries surrounding medical marijuana.

“We have so much that we don’t know yet about exactly what happens in the brain,” Anderson said.

To find those answers, they plan to use high-tech scans to study the effects of cannabis on the brain. And they’re getting some major financial help.


Utah likely to vote on medical cannabis legalization this fall

The Utah Patients Coalition has collected enough signatures to place an MMJ legalization measure on this year's general election ballot.

Utah voters are likely to get a chance to vote for the legalization of medical cannabis in their state this fall, even though Gov. Gary Herbert and several other leading state politicians remain opposed to cannabis reform.


Medical marijuana push spreads to Utah, Oklahoma

The push for legalized marijuana has moved into Utah and Oklahoma, two of the most conservative states in the country, further underscoring how quickly feelings about marijuana are changing in the United States. If the two measures pass, Utah and Oklahoma will join 30 other states that have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to the pro-pot National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws.

Nine of those states and Washington, D.C. also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could become the 10th state with its ballot initiative this year.


Utah Gov. says medical marijuana is a slippery slope

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is at odds with more than three-quarters of state residents when it comes to medical marijuana.

Earlier this week, the conservative Republican came out against a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana.

According to the governor, the plan is too broad and, if passed, will be a slippery slope to recreational use. “We need to be cautious as we test and introduce cannabis into our formulary,” Herbert said in the statement. “I believe the consequences of this initiative, even if they are unintended, will do more harm than good.”


The governor of Utah just signed a medical marijuana bill

If you’re about to die, Utah says you have the “right to try.” The governor of Utah just signed a medical marijuana bill.

On Wednesday, Gov. Gary Hubert signed a stack of bills into law.

Among them was House Bill 195, which gives terminally ill individuals in the final stages of their life the freedom to use medical cannabis.

Or in the terms of the bill, terminally ill patients have the “right to try” cannabis-based treatments. And that’s it. So even though the governor of Utah just signed a medical marijuana bill, it’s a bit too far to call Utah a medical cannabis state.


Utah lawmakers advance bills allowing terminally ill to use medical cannabis

However some advocates say these bills are an attempt to undermine support for an upcoming ballot measure, which could create a more inclusive MMJ program in the state.

The Utah state Senate has given preliminary approval to a set of bills that would allow terminally ill patients to use medical cannabis. The first of these bills, HB195, would give any patient that has less than six months to live the “right to try” medical cannabis, but not in a form that could be smoked or otherwise inhaled. The second bill, HB197, would allow the state Department of Agriculture to grow cannabis for these approved patients.


Utah: House passes medical marijuana bill that allows terminally ill patients to grow cannabis

The Utah House of Representatives passed a resurrected bill that would make the state grow medical marijuana for terminally ill patients.

House Bill 197, sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, died on a narrow vote last week but was resurrected on Tuesday. He insisted the legislation was a necessary companion to House Bill 195, which gives terminally ill patients a "right to try" medical marijuana.

"This bill becomes the way to supply a genuine cannabis medicine for both those programs. We need to pass this bill if we want to have patients the ability to try both under right to try and under research," he told his colleagues in the House.


New bill allows terminally ill patients to try marijuana; Utah would grow its own weed

A bill introduced in the Utah State Legislature would allow terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana to ease their pain.

Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, has filed House Bill 195, which would allow patients deemed terminally ill by their physician to use medical-grade cannabis products.

“We feel like there’s enough evidence and science to indicate people who are terminally ill, this might be a viable option for them,” Rep. Daw said Friday afternoon.

Asked where these patients would get their marijuana, Rep. Daw told FOX 13 he plans to run a companion bill when the session begins next week that allows the Utah Dept. of Agriculture to grow its own marijuana.


University student creates business out of worm poop; targeting marijuana growers

BYU student Joseph Walker was named the winner of the 2017 Utah Regional Global Student Entrepreneur Awards with his company, OmniEarth, an organic fertilizer company based out of Provo, Utah. A sample is pictured here. He said "The largest impact this product is making is in the medical marijuana market.

An entrepreneurial student at Brigham Young University is generating buzz and earning accolades for his speciality organic fertiliser targeted for marijuana growers.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports 22-year-old Joseph Walker created the company OmniEarth to make fertiliser from worm castings - the technical term for worm poop.

Walker says the initial idea sounded absurd at first, but the more he researched, the more he discovered it could be viable.


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