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.


10 States that smoke the least marijuana

We've previously told you about the 10 states that smoke the most marijuana. Unsurprisingly, states with legalized cannabis finished near the top of the list. But most states in America do not have legal recreational marijuana, writes Joseph Misulonas. So the real question is, which states smoke the least marijuana?


Why America needs to embrace marijuana

Just because something is legal doesn’t mean it’s good, and just because something is illegal doesn’t mean it’s bad. After all, divorce was illegal for most of our history. And people argue about guns in this context everyday. But the biggest cultural example of this is marijuana and cigarettes.

Marijuana has had a bad reputation since the sixties and seventies when it was common for protestors to smoke it. This sounds like a stereotype but according to my grandma it’s true.

We all know a dozen words for it — Mary Jane, weed, green, pot, etc.


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.


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.”


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