Utah

Thu
03
Mar

Utah House joins Senate in call to reclassify marijuana, end direct election of U.S. senators

Utah's Legislature has two messages for the federal government: End the direct election of U.S. senators and allow marijuana research.

On Wednesday, the Utah House joined the Senate in passing resolutions urging the repeal of the 17th Amendment and the reclassification of marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug.

"The federal government is way, way behind on realizing that there are some medical possibilities with cannabis," said Orem Republican Rep. Brad Daw, who sponsored the marijuana resolution, SCR11.

Daw's resolution received the unanimous support of the House, following a similar vote in the Senate last month.

Fri
26
Feb

Watch: Medical marijuana bill heading to Utah House after passing 17-12 in Senate


Against all odds, a medical marijuana bill is advancing in the Utah State Legislature.

The Utah State Senate voted 17-12 to approve Senate Bill 73, sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs. It allows patients with certain ailments (such as cancer, AIDS, epilepsy and chronic pain) to use marijuana edibles, extracts and oils under the direction of a doctor.

Madsen said during Thursday's debate his latest version of the bill clears up the definition of "cannabis", and adds child-proofing standards, dosing regulations and other considerations.

Thu
25
Feb

Utah Senate passes controversial medical marijuana bill

SALT LAKE CITY — Tears filled Enedina Stanger's eyes as she watched the Utah Senate pass a controversial medical marijuana bill that she says won't help her but would help thousands of Utahns.

"This is a win for Utah. This is a win for love and compassion," the former West Weber woman said from her wheelchair after the 17-12 vote. "This is such a miracle."

Stanger, who has a rare connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, moved with her husband, Michael, and two young daughters to Colorado last December for access to medical cannabis.

Tue
23
Feb

Broad Utah medical marijuana bill gets prelim senate OK on narrow vote

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah state senators gave preliminary approval Monday to a medical marijuana proposal that would legalize edible, vapor and topical pot products.

Lawmakers voted 15-13 to advance the bill, saying the measure could help those with certain debilitating conditions who have not found relief through other medications.

Bill sponsor Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain, said the plan would allow tens of thousands of residents with those medical conditions to use the drug but would ban smoking it.

Madsen expects a final Senate vote Tuesday. If approved, the measure must still be passed by Utah’s House of Representatives.

Tue
23
Feb

Utah: SB73 best hope for limited, humane medical marijuana law

When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced its opposition to SB73, Sen. Mark Madsen’s bill legalizing medical marijuana, it cited concern about “unintended consequences.”

Madsen responded by amending the bill to eliminate whatever uncertainty it originally contained. He crafted a sharply defined law to end the chronic suffering of thousands of Utahns — without opioids.

Voting against SB73 condemns those Utahns to a life of needless agony.

Sun
21
Feb

SB73 is Utah's best hope for a limited, humane medical marijuana law

When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced its opposition to SB73, Sen. Mark Madsen’s bill legalizing medical marijuana, it cited concern about “unintended consequences.”

Madsen responded by amending the bill to eliminate whatever uncertainty it originally contained. He crafted a sharply defined law to end the chronic suffering of thousands of Utahns — without opioids.

Sat
20
Feb

'Follow the money:' Cache legislators discuss funding, budgets, medical marijuana

With the Utah State Legislature past the halfway mark of its session, Cache County’s legislators held to a common theme in their reports at the weekly constituent meeting Saturday morning: money.

“One thing I’ve always said when you’re looking at who’s supporting what issue is to follow the money,” Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, said when discussing medical marijuana legislation in the Senate. “If an initiative comes along to put marijuana legalization on the ballot, ask yourself where all the money is coming to pay for it, because I guarantee it will be lambasted with money. It’s not going to be these poor sick people, but the people who see money in selling the drug.”

Sat
20
Feb

Changes to medical marijuana bill keeps family from returning home to Utah

Salt Lake City —

(KUTV) Enedina and Michael Stanger's hopes to move back to Utah were crushed when lawmakers made big changes to SB 73 - Utah's controversial medical marijuana bill.

In October, The Stanger's left their life in Utah behind to move to Colorado where marijuana is legal. Enedina needed cannabis for relief of severe symptoms caused by EDS a genetic disease that affects the body's connective tissue.

"It's really sad to be rejected by a community and by a culture and by a state that I love so much," said Enedina of having to leave.

Fri
19
Feb

Marijuana Legalization 2016: Utah Debates Medical Cannabis As Mormon Church Stands Opposed

The debate over medical marijuana in Utah will continue Monday after lawmakers ran out of time debating the issue Friday, the Associated Press reported. The Mormon church has come out against proposed legislation that would allow for marijuana use in edible or vapor form for medical purposes.

Fri
19
Feb

Mixed emotions as medical marijuana debate gets underway

Salt Lake City —

(KUTV) Mixed emotions were found on Capitol Hill today during discussion of the controversial medical marijuana bill. Last minute changes were made to the bill that helped it gain some support in Senate, but lose some patient support.

An amendment says the entire plant can no longer be used, only an extract.

This brought Enedina Stanger, a 27-year-old mother to tears. Enedina suffers from a brittle bone condition and had to move her family to Colorado so she could have access to the medicinal cannabis she needs.

"We just wanted to come back home this year and it doesn't look like that's going to be possible, even if the bill passes. I need the whole plant," Stanger told 2News.

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