Sen. Orrin Hatch voices support for medical marijuana, introduces research bill

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  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 14, 2017 12:00 p.m.

    @ kolob1

    "Medicinal marijuana has long been a stalking horse for recreational marijuana, where unscrupulous doctors become legalized drug dealers. "

    Your assertion "unscrupulous doctors" are eager to become marijuana dealers is ridiculous. No doctor is that stupid. Marijuana is a big business enterprise. Orrin Hatch has been in the senate for forty years. He's probably not financially destitute.

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 14, 2017 10:02 a.m.

    Utah Girl Chronicles - Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 11:03 p.m.
    @ kolob1

    Medical marijuana isn't grown by "moms and pops" in trailer parks. Are you suggesting it should be?

    Medical marijuana is not grown period. It is cultivated. Any body that can operate a computer can learn how to extract the TCB and CBD from the cultivated plant. Many millionaires now being made in Colorado, all mom and pop operations. In Oregon they are growing marijuana at home for their own personal and medical use. So we don't need big Pharms putting their tax supported research dollars behind a product that has been known since the Indians cultivated and extracted the marijuana plant.

    Your cultural bias is evident IE: "in trailer parks". As for trailer parks who cares where it is grown. If it is put to good use then so be it. And for your information, all of the tobacco companies that sell their poison copyrighted the street names of marijuana in the 1960s. Anything for a buck ,heh Orrin??

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2017 9:51 a.m.

    Just a means to delay the inevitable.

  • mancan HC, UT
    Sept. 14, 2017 8:36 a.m.

    GW Pharmaceuticals plc is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutics from its cannabinoid product platform in a range of disease areas. (From Google Finance page on GW Pharmaceuticals.) GW Pharmaceuticals stock has gone from $9 to over $100 per share in the last 5 years. If this bill passes, I would not be surprised if it goes to $1,000 per share in the next 5 years. Now I'm not saying to put all of Johnny's mission fund into GWPH, but if you have an extra $1,000 to spend and want a better chance at riches than you will find in Wendover or selling LuRaRue, this might be the ticket.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 11:03 p.m.

    @ kolob1

    "He has no intention of offering medical marijuana originating from mom and pop outfits that extract the goodies for the general public."

    Medical marijuana isn't grown by "moms and pops" in trailer parks. Are you suggesting it should be?

    You don't think Orrin Hatch is financially well off by now?

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 9:55 p.m.

    Senator Hatch is a bought and paid for lobbyist of the big Pharma companies. He has no intention of offering medical marijuana originating from mom and pop outfits that extract the goodies for the general public. Hatch wants to legislate only for the big Pharma companies. The big Pharmas have donated handsomely to Orrin Hatch and he needs to pay them back before he retires. Don't be swayed that Hatch is now seeing the light. What he is seeing is another round of fund raising before he retires so that he can keep the money (BTW it's legal) and retire in style.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 5:55 p.m.

    @ 112358

    "Medicinal marijuana has long been a stalking horse for recreational marijuana, where unscrupulous doctors become legalized drug dealers. "

    It's Utah and marijuana. Hysteria is expected. Twenty-six states including deeply conservative states Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Dakota have legalized medical marijuana in some form. The hysteria was overcome. The challenge for people like you who think "unscrupulous doctors will become legalized drug dealers" is to develop a form of hysteria that hasn't been dealt with and dispatched by twenty-six other states.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Sept. 13, 2017 3:31 p.m.

    Oh egad the horrors of reefer madness will never end.

    There is good research on the effects of marijuana, and the positive uses that marijuana has shown in selected health issues.

    There is no good reason to believe that it leads to addictive drugs, like alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and opiates. Blame the pain killers you get legally from your MD for that.

    And the 30 years war, started by that imbecile Reagan ("Just say no!") has not made matters one iota better. Unless you are in the prison business that is.

    Regulate, tax and legalize marijuana. Bring in the entire industry into the sunlight. Let research find how marijuana may be a better answer than some of the poisons foisted onto us by all those TV ads for the disease du jour.

    Let's join in the 21st century.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 3:06 p.m.

    Politically conservative and firm believer in the Restored Gospel and I FULLY support the non-politicized and dispassionate study of Marijuana for medicinal purposes.

    D&C Section 59 and personal experience suggests that an herb like Marijuana can be beneficial to man.

    It is NOT an opioid and as a friend MD in California recently said, "I've had multiple patients go to the ER for opioid related complications, I've never have had a patient go to the ER for complications with medical marijuana. And, it works for the majority of my patients".

    I'd rather take a marijuana derivative for chronic back pain than Percocet any day of the week.

  • BYU_Husker Strasburg, CO
    Sept. 13, 2017 2:24 p.m.

    It is about time. I'm tired of hearing all of the anecdotal evidence given by "my friend's aunt's son was cured by marijuana..." Testimonials are not actual science. Instead of just legalizing what is currently popular, I'm all for easing restrictions to actually research the thing to see if there really is actionable evidence in using marijuana, cannabis, etc.

    I'd be all for changing my opinion of medical marijuana if there is concrete and reproducible evidence of its benefits.

  • iammad ROOSEVELT, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 2:06 p.m.

    There we go. Let's study a new opiod for people to abuse.
    Oh, wait a minute, we already do.

  • CaliCougar American Fork, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 2:05 p.m.

    imsmarterthanyou,

    I'm guess I'm one of those "stupid" people who don't think it's a good idea to necessarily legalize drug B because drug A is already legal.

    I absolutely don't agree with legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. I have seen first hand, in the case of family members and friends, where it has been a "gateway" drug that has led to the use of harder drugs. I have also personally seen the addictive nature of this drug, as I know people who cannot go without using it as part of their daily life (and not for medical reasons).

    Having said this, I agree with Senator Hatch that research needs to be done regarding the medical use of marijuana. Honest, objective and unbiased research. I would support the legalization of medicinal marijuana in Utah pending the results of such research, but it's distribution would need to be tightly regulated. I have also personally seen the abuse of acquiring prescriptions for medicinal marijuana.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 2:00 p.m.

    112358 claims: "Drugs, including pot, continue to be a leading cause of misery in the lives of Utahns. We need better drug enforcement, not more legalized addictive substances."

    What misery is being caused by Cannabis?
    Those who have discovered it healing abilities?
    Those who have found that it stops seizures in their children and loved ones?
    Those who have found pain relief that is not deadly and highly addicting?

    Oh yeah, it's less addicting than dairy products, more a craving, and there are not physical withdrawal symptoms when you stop. That's why Big Pharm hates it, they love when you are forced to take something, especially for life, lifetime customers that a drug dealer could only dream of. Those anti-depressants that so many Utahn's take, just try and quit cold turkey.

    Our prisons are filled with non-violent offenders, and some folks believe that $50,000 dollars a year paid to private prisons is a solution?

    Nope, ignorance is the number one cause of cannabis being illegal.
    A close second to those who believe it's a moral issue, as they take a handful of pharmaceuticals daily, with their diet coke (caffeine) and natural remedies.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 1:53 p.m.

    If the federal govt does not get in front of this legalizing marijuana at the State level trend, States might catch on that they do not need authorization by the federal govt in more areas. Maybe States will begin to reclaim some of the power that they have relinquished to the federal govt.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 1:41 p.m.

    This makes sense. But the fact that Hatch is in on this makes me wonder how he's going to personally profit.

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 1:31 p.m.

    It's about time. I don't think there are many people left who are stupid enough to think marijuana should be illegal, while alcohol, a far more dangerous and destructive drug, is legal everywhere. And for those who believe it to be a "gateway" drug, please, grow some common sense.

  • 112358 Alpine, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 1:21 p.m.

    Hatch got the "high" part right anyway. He appears to be jumping on the pro-pot bandwagon that already "knows" that pot is good. This is likely an effort to boost his re-election bid, by currying favor with people amenable to the siren song of pot.

    Medicinal marijuana has long been a stalking horse for recreational marijuana, where unscrupulous doctors become legalized drug dealers.

    Drugs, including pot, continue to be a leading cause of misery in the lives of Utahns. We need better drug enforcement, not more legalized addictive substances.