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Published: Monday, Feb. 17 2014 11:27 p.m. MST

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Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

As its legal status changes, we will be able to safely study the effects of marijuana. It takes time to develop drugs. If marijuana had not been criminalized the last generation, then these drugs would already have been made. Lets just be thankful its legal in the few places it is now, and wait for all the good things to come.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

"Suffering from a rare genetic disorder, she had as many as 300 grand mal seizures a week, used a wheelchair, went into repeated cardiac arrest and could barely speak.
Two years later, Charlotte is largely seizure-free and able to walk, talk and feed herself after taking oil infused with a special pot strain."

As a parent this is really a no brainer, do those that don't have to deal with - “300 grand mal seizures a week” realize what an obvious miracle this plant is?

Fear and ignorance surround this plant because of corporate greed, check the history.

Fan-attic
ROY, UT

Let's not jump to conclusions here. 1 strain of marijuana has proven to be helpful here. I'm ok with legalizing this strain, but I haven't seen anything that would lead me to legalize marijuana wholesale. In fact, it sounds like this strain is barely marijuana as we think of it. Generally speaking, I'm for legalizing any drug that doesn't get you high.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

530 Utahns DIED from legal perscription drugs last year.

ZERO died from getting "high" on marijuana,
and hundreds more could be SAVED using the "non-psychotropic" hemp oil found in this one strain of cannabis.

BUT---
Utah's out-dated laws forbid the use of any of the plant for any and all reasons -- even for making ROPE!

It's time to stop letting people die over unfounded fears and phobias.

bikeboy
Boise, ID

Amy Brooks-Kayal, vice president of the American Epilepsy Society: "Until we have that information [knowledge of side effects], as physicians, we can't follow our first creed, which is do no harm."

Every day I see commercials for various drugs on TV... they spend 15 seconds telling you the benefit, and 45 seconds telling you the potential side effects - you'll get tuberculosis, you'll have a heart attack, you'll go blind, you'll have suicidal thoughts, etc. Seems to me they are informing people, and letting them and their doctors make an informed decision. Yes - the drug might cause harm. As might the surgeries and various other things that doctors do when treating people.

Fan-attic: "Generally speaking, I'm for legalizing any drug that doesn't get you high."

Bad news! Many, many, MANY very effective drugs will "get you high," if that's your intent! Perhaps more effort should be made at educating people about the potential harm, instead of continuing the ineffective "war" that costs billions.

apm22
sparks, NV

Because the FDA approved drugs are more safe?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

I know that perscription drugs have a higher street value than non-perscription drugs.
I know that perscription drugs get you higher than non-perscription drugs.
I know more innocent people die from pescription drugs than non-percription drugs.

This is just wrong on so, SO many levels.

BTW --
Nutmeg and Bannans can get you high.
Why are we not banning Nutmeg or bannanas?

This really has nothing to do with facts or reality,
and everything to do with fake fears ala, Reefer Madness.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

" everything to do with fake fears ala, Reefer Madness."

Ah, Refer Madness. Quite hilarious, unless you stop to think that this was not meant
to be humorous in its day.

The masses can be so gullible...

RedShirtCalTech
Pasedena, CA

To "Midvaliean" actually there are a bunch of Marijuana based medications out on the market, and they have been there for quite a while.

To "LDS Liberal" while few have died as a result of the drugs, there are thousands that have died as a result of the high. People high on Marijuana have been known to take risks they would not normally take, and end up killing themselves in an otherwise avoidable accident.

Should we allow another mind altering drug be legalized, which will result in more deaths similar to drunk driving?

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"Should we allow another mind altering drug be legalized, which will result in more deaths similar to drunk driving"

Quite the stretch. "more deaths similar to drunk driving"?

Anything to back up that claim?

Now, if you were talking about Texting while driving, I could have believed you.

airnaut
Everett, 00

RedShirtCalTech
Pasedena, CA

To "LDS Liberal" while few have died as a result of the drugs, there are thousands that have died as a result of the high. People high on Marijuana have been known to take risks they would not normally take, and end up killing themselves in an otherwise avoidable accident.

Should we allow another mind altering drug be legalized, which will result in more deaths similar to drunk driving?

11:52 a.m. Feb. 18, 2014

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Few people have died -- ZERO people have died.

This article said NOTHING about mind-altering drugs.
It is about seizure reducing hemp oil.

BTW --
Aren't you the hypocrite?

Crying about pot-heads driving stoned [which was clearly OFF-Topic]
while cheering on the Speed Limit increasing to 85 mph.

I'll put Physics killing more people than your fears about Refer Madness anyday.

RedShirtCalTech
Pasedena, CA

To "JoeBlow" lets see what legalized Marijuana has done for Washington State.

From their local CBS station in Seattle we read "Study: Fatal Car Crashing Involving Marijuana have Trippled"

Time Magazine ran the article "Stoned Driving Nearly Doubles the Risk of a Fatal Crash".

It seems that the effects of getting high on marijuana are worse than alcohol.

So again, why legalize something that will only add to the number of accidental deaths?

To "airnaut" since you claim to know so much about this, then explain why we need to legalize marijuana when there are already several forms of FDA approved CBD containing drugs? Why do we have to legalize something that is already legal and available via herbal supplements that contain CBD oil?

What is different about the pot being used to help the kids with seizures to the already FDA legalized CBD drugs and herbal supplements?

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

My point of contention is with you assertion that Driving while Stoned is more dangerous than Driving while Alcohol impaired"

Both of the articles that you cited state that Alcohol impairment is much worse than Marijuana impairment when it comes to driving.

That said, no impairment is obviously the best case scenario.

I would personally rather share the road with someone who is mildly impaired by either Marijuana or Alcohol than someone who is texting.

PGVikingDad
Pleasant Grove, UT

The argument seems to have strayed, here. Nobody in Utah is proposing the legalization of marijuana, so the fears relating to accidents caused by stoned drivers are entirely unfounded. The seizure-controlling chemical in this oil is CBD, NOT THC, which is what gets the user high. In fact, the CBD is derived from a hemp plant ("Charlotte's Web"), not marijuana. The two are legally and chemically different. One gets you high, while the other does not. If you're worried that the availability of hemp products will lead to widespread marijuana use among Utahns, then please, whatever you do, do NOT visit your local health-food store. You're in for quite a shock, if you do. Hemp EVERYwhere! The horror!

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "JoeBlow" well, you are still wrong.

The imparement is similar between Marijuana, the only difference they found was that the potheads were more aware of their imparement and attempted to compensate. Did you also see the part where they found that when the pothead got into an accident they were 92% more likely to be involved in a fatal accident?

According to the NY Times article "Driving Under the Influence, of Marijuana" the found "that several researchers, working independently of one another, have come up with the same estimate: a twofold increase in the risk of an accident if there is any measurable amount of THC in the bloodstream."

Apparently being stoned and driving is bad. I would rather they be texting because I can at least take their phone away and do thei texting for them. I can't do anything for a stoned or drunk driver.

Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

@Redshirt
there are so many obvious flaws in the methodology of that study we need not go into them. The fact is with its new legal status more credible data is sure to come. I for one welcome it whether it be bad or good, after all, science should be neutral, if it turned out to be a good thing would you be angry?

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Midvaliean" the only flaws that I see so far are your arguments that the studies are flawed.

Justify why they are flawed. Explain what the scientists did that was wrong.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

This country is going to pot so keep voting Democratic if you like it. Could Marijuana help seizures? Possibly. We buy a lot of things based on testimonials, and a few years late find they did not work. You have to do a double blind study.

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