Ogden Family Urges Lawmakers to Debate Utah's Medical Marijuana Bills Monday

SALT LAKE CITY — How Utah lawmakers vote on medical marijuana next week will in large part determine future plans for Lindsay Sledge and her husband.

Their youngest daughter, 2-year-old Paloma, suffers from Dravet Syndrome, which causes severe and frequent seizures. The family of five moved to Ogden about 18 months ago. 

“With Charlee’s Law we were hopeful we’d be able to get cannabis. We thought OK this will be a great place, we bought a house, we plan to stay here and be part of the community. We have a lot riding on this,” Sledge said.


Utah: Interfaith Group in Support of Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana supporters got a big endorsement Friday from an interfaith group. 

Leaders say while we've heard from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there are many other faith groups in Utah who want to make their voices heard as well. 

The group is called Truce. Members say while they might have different ideological views, they can unite on certain issues, like medical marijuana. 

The group and its supporters gather at the Utah State Capitol Friday. Those in attendance heard from a Buddhist priest, a paster at Unitarian Universalist Society and a paster a Presbyterian Church.  They all urge lawmakers to extend access to medical cannabis in Utah.


Leaders from various faiths advocate for medical marijuana in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY – Leaders from various faiths gathered at the Utah State Capitol this week, where they called on members of the legislature to pass a law allowing patients to use medical marijuana.

Anna Zumwalt, a Soto-Zen Buddhist Priest from Salt Lake City, was among those who attended.

“We hope that the legislature will act with compassion, and not put government between the sacrosanct doctor-patient relationship,” Zumwalt said.

Rev. Patty C. Willis of the South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society was also present.

“As faith leaders, we must be the voices of those who are quietly suffering,” Willis said.


Medical marijuana bill faces a rough road in the Utah House

 A House committee will hear debate next week on a pair of medical marijuana bills, but one faces a tough battle.

Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, told FOX 13 that he has been meeting with members of the House Health & Human Services Committee to persuade them to vote for his bill, SB73. It would allow for cannabis oils, edibles and extracts to be used to treat a long list of conditions, from chronic pain and cancer to AIDS and epilepsy.

The committee will hear SB73 and a competing bill, SB89 (which allows for an extract to be used).

"If we can get it to the floor, I'm very optimistic. Right now, I'm mostly concerned about the committee," Madsen said Thursday. "That committee is daunting and we have our work cut out for us."


Ski-town weed: Deterrent or draw?

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — Chicago-based travel agent and mother-of-four Lynn Farrell represents a kind of worst-case scenario for Colorado’s ski towns and resorts.

“Who really wants to ski where everybody’s stoned?,” asks Farrell, president of Windy City Travel. “It is a concern.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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