Medical marijuana

A letter sent to Cache County residents who signed a petition supporting a ballot initiative that, if passed, would legalize the medical use of marijuana for individuals with qualifying medical illnesses has led to inquiries by the Utah Lt. Governor's office. Opponents of the initiative claim many who signed the petition have been misled. A group of those being asked to remove their signatures say they are being harassed.

Campaign manager accused of illegally buying forms off canvasser.
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Opponents of Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative say supporters tried to buy off canvassers asking people to withdraw support for the proposal.

Organizers with Drug Safe Utah filed a complaint with the lieutenant governor's office Tuesday alleging that the campaign manager of pro-medical marijuana group Utah Patients Coalition tried to illegally buy completed signature-removal forms off a canvasser. Drug Safe Utah opposes the initiative and wants people to remove their signatures from a petition putting it on the ballot.

Utah Legislature meets to pass more than 500 laws, including free-range parenting.
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Hundreds of new Utah laws are going into effect governing alcohol signs, medical marijuana and first-in-the-nation protections for hands-off parenting.

Tuesday is the trigger for most of the more than 500 laws passed by the Utah Legislature this year, 60 days after the end of the short legislative session.

Standard Examiner

The ongoing power struggle continues as the Utah state legislature overrides two of Gov. Gary Herbert's vetoes. Four of six citizen initiatives will likely end up on the ballot in November, including one to expand Medicaid and another to legalize medical marijuana.

And San Juan County claims a right of way through Recapture Canyon, the site of ancient archaeological ruins and of a 2014 protest ATV ride.

Utah could join 30 other states in legalizing some form of medical marijuana.
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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. That's 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.

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Utah Patients Coalition, which is leading a ballot initiative campaign in support of medical marijuana, says that “right now, Utah patients battling cancer, seizures, and other life-threatening conditions must break the law in order to relieve their pain and suffering.

greenhealth.org

The Utah Medical Association is accusing the leaders of an effort to legalize medical marijuana in the state of misleading voters into supporting the measure.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the association says the "initiative is not about medicine." The group says supporters have used the images of suffering patients to disguise their true aim of opening another market for their products.

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A pain management expert weighs in on the use of medical marijuana for chronic pain.
health.harvard.edu

A medical marijuana bill has passed the Utah House session. House bill 197 would require the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to grow marijuana to be dispensed to patients under “the right to try.” 

A bag of medical marijuana; Medical marijuana and marijuana for research purposes passes first committee meeting.
theinfluence.org

A Utah lawmaker's proposals that would allow terminally ill people to use certain forms of marijuana and farmers to grow it for research purposes passed their first hurdle in a committee despite criticism that the piecemeal approach doesn't go far enough.

Rep. Brad Daw, a Republican from Orem, said during a hearing Wednesday that the measures help dying people try another alternative that may help and provides a way for researchers to get marijuana locally.

Medical marijuana may have a place in Utah, after all.  Gov. Gary Herbert signed off on research into medical risks and benefits of medical marijuana.
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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he thinks medical marijuana will be legalized someday.

The governor was responding to a question from a ninth-grade student on Wednesday when he said Utah will likely legalize medical pot — if there is appropriate research and scientific evidence to back it up.

National Institutes of Health

A Utah interest group spearheading a campaign to legalize medical marijuana claims it has support from most Utahns. 

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  A group of advocates launched a ballot initiative Monday, hoping to bypass Utah’s conservative legislature and appeal directly to Utah voters to legalize the use of medical marijuana.  But at least one Utah lawmaker suggests that because of the complexity of the issue, the initiative may not be any more successful than legislative efforts.