Comments about ‘Bill would allow cannabis extract for seizure treatment in Utah’

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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5 2014 5:35 p.m. MST

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joegibbs09
Orem, UT

It's a great step in the right direction, but let's not stop at highly selective applications of the plant. I'd love to solve my chronic insomnia without breaking laws, and without taking synthetic sleep aids that instantly caused a dependence.

Way of the Warrior
Arlington, WA

"It's a tough issue," the speaker said. "The legalization of marijuana is not a path we want to take. But when you see real people and real children with significant challenges and it seems this product is helping those children, you have to think about it, think long and hard."

Yes, the decision to allow someone to make their lives better, especially if their children is such a difficult, difficult dilemma. Gosh what to do, what to do...hmmmm...let me do some soul searching since were talking about real people this time.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It's a slippery slope. Some will be delighted, and eager to slide into the abyss. Others will try to hold the line at this seemingly rational easing of the laws for a legitimate medical use.

However, go to Denver and see the plethora of pot shops and "doctors" next to them to write "prescriptions for all the sick people."

Pot is not a cure, but a cause of illness.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Marijuana like anything else has its place and is good if properly used, and is bad if it is misused.

JimInSLC
Salt Lake City, UT

I do not smoke pot and do not suggest anyone do so, but as this article shows there are some people whose lives are benefited by the use some of the products of the cannabis plant that have medicinal properties. This Bill should be passed.

On a related topic, Industrial Hemp should be allowed to be grown in Utah. There is a use for this plant in textile manufacture and industry. Also, it would be a good plant for livestock feed. Brigham Young proposed that the early settlers in Utah grow hemp. California has passed a law allowing growing of Industrial Hemp, and Colorado and Kentucky are working on such legislation. There is a market for this product that will be filled and Utah should get onboard early to help provide it. The US imports over $100 million of hemp products annually. The farm bill recently passed in the House of Representatives allows for growing industrial hemp at the federal level. This State Bill should be expanded to allow growing Hemp in Utah so that Utah farmers can get an early foothold in this market. Industrial Hemp farming will create more jobs in Utah.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

The hemp oil has NO THC in it.
You could no more get you high, than eating dirt or drinking water.

Like Diet decaffinated Coke,
NO sugar or chemicals to get a buzz at all.

This should be a no brainer.

Those who can't see this are the real 'dopes'.

PGVikingDad
Pleasant Grove, UT

Speaker Lockhart will be pleased to discover that this bill makes no effort to legalize marijuana; rather, it clarifies Utah law that relates to specific hemp products. Most hemp products are already legal in Utah.

And DN Subscriber, if you'd truly like to experience an abyss, join me *tonight* as my 11-year-old son is tortured to sleep again by incessant seizures. Bring a blanket, and you can sit with me as we hold his hand through his suffering throughout the night. Then in the morning, I will drive you to the homes of our friends in Colorado - I'm not kidding, I'll schedule a day off right now! - whose children have been RESCUED by this harmless hemp derivative. Then, if you're still up for it, we'll both go to Sacrament Meeting at my ward on Sunday.

PGVikingDad
Pleasant Grove, UT

Great article, but two important errors were made:

1. This oil is extracted from a *hemp* plant, not a marijuana plant (and yes, there is a real and even legal difference)

2. The children of the mothers who met with Speaker Lockhart are NOT currently being helped by the extract. Their friends in Colorado are. That's the tragedy and the impetus for the bill. My son will have another unnecessary 20 seizures today, while the bill is being weighed. And the same tomorrow.

The science is there. Standford University and NYU have both released very positive findings regarding the treatment of epilepsy with CBD extracts within the last several months. These mothers are correct.

RedShirtCalTech
Pasedena, CA

I am still trying to figure out what this hemp oil medication has in it that the FDA approved hemp products do not? Also, there are hemp oil pills you can order from Amazon as an herbal supplement.

It seems like this is a redundant authorization. Or does somebody know what this particular hemp oil pill has that all of the others don't?

LiberalJimmy
Salt Lake City, UT

@DN News Subscriber...How applying one of your typical biblical quotes I read regularly whenever you post. Goes something like, "I give you all the seed bearing plants and herbs to use". Some knowledge on this subject would help prior to posting in the future. Marijuana has never negatively effected my life nor did it hinder me from earning two Ivy League Degrees. How about yourself?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

You can spend hours and hours looking up all sorts of garbage on the internet to promote your agenda,
but can't take 5 seconds to Google it up for youself?

Pathetic.

The marijuana extract is called cannabidiol, delivered in drops of oil.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of at least 60 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major constituent of the plant, accounting for up to 40% of the plant's extract, as a NON-psychotropic phytocannabinoid.

FYI --
The FDA doesn't approve vitamins and herbs for medical use.

Class dismissed.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "LDS Liberal" You still haven't answered the question. I can buy herbal supplement pills from Amazon that contain CBD. So, why are we enacting legislation to legalize something that is already legal?

Can you tell me what is different about the pills being legalized here vs. the Hemp Seed Oil 1000mg pills for $20.25 or other similar CBD rich herbal supplements? If I have a prescription I can buy Marinol and other medication, which also contains CBD, and is FDA approved. So, what is the new substance that is being approved here?

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

"...Marijuana has never negatively effected my life nor did it hinder me from earning two Ivy League Degrees...".

Wonderful.

2 ivy league degrees somehow add veracity to this opinion?

LiberalJimmy
Salt Lake City, UT

@There You Go Again...Yes. It is wonderful indeed my friend. First off Ivy League is capitalized. Second. To answer your question. Yes. It does add veracity to the opinion. Especially if you know first hand the commitment, study, determination and intelligence that it takes to earn an Ivy League Degree. Third. Marijuana is becoming legal not only for medical use but also recreational for a reason. It works! Fourth. Are you aware that there has never been a documented overdose of Marijuana in the history of modern medicine? My suggestion is to educate yourself on the topic prior to posting. Also, may I ask if you have ever tried marijuana? In closing, how many prescriptions do you currently take daily?

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