Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne touts benefits of medicinal cannabis

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  • 1Reader Alpine, UT
    Feb. 1, 2018 10:57 p.m.

    I'm not sure if all these supposed experts are aware (or just ignore it), but there have been thousands of studies on medical marijuana, and the benefits are still very inconclusive; they are likely quite narrow.

  • 1Reader Alpine, UT
    Feb. 1, 2018 10:55 p.m.

    There is zero need for Utah to step up to take a role in marijuana research.

    Besides, it always ends up as recreational usage primarily.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Feb. 1, 2018 11:27 a.m.

    Re: " NO ONE has ever died from consuming marijuana in all of recorded history."

    Wow. -- Such a blatantly false statement!

    Way too many people have died from consumption of weed! Innocent victims, most often -- not even those selfishly consuming it.

    Start with the many thousands murdered by the drug lords running the weed industry. In many third-world nations, weed money has completely corrupted and co-opted government and produced lawless societies. Weed money inevitably reduces normal, innocent people to serfs and slaves, cheapening the quality and value of their lives. Police and government officials are offered a deadly dilemma -- "silver or lead" -- between being corrupted by weed money (silver) or being killed (lead). And, this is becoming more and more common in America.

    Then, there are those who've died in gun, automobile and other weed-induced accidents and incidents, as well as those murdered in weed-fueled crimes and abuses -- like protecting an Ogden grow house,

    Finally, statistics show potheads die significantly earlier than the rest of us. There's got to be a reason for that.

    Over time, weed's global death toll rivals Hitler's.

  • JohnThomas Santa Cruz , CA
    Jan. 31, 2018 3:01 p.m.


    >>>"Edibles have a much more concentrated dose of cannibis and we have seen multiple fatalities in Colorado due to its use"

    Wow. -- Such a blatantly false statement! -- NO ONE has ever died from consuming marijuana in all of recorded history.

    Marijuana is not alcohol. The preponderance of the research shows marijuana consumption is NOT a significant cause of auto accidents. In 2015, the Drug and Alcohol Crash Risk report, produced by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, found that while drunken driving dramatically increased the risk of getting into an accident, there was no evidence that using marijuana heightened that risk.

    In fact, after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, the report found that drivers who had recently consumed marijuana were no more likely to crash than drivers who were not under the influence of any alcohol or drugs.

  • MacMama Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2018 2:41 p.m.

    Why do we care what this guy thinks?

  • JohnThomas Santa Cruz , CA
    Jan. 31, 2018 2:30 p.m.

    Science and widespread experience have shown marijuana is not addictive and is far less harmful than alcohol. - Yet, more than 600,000 innocent Americans are arrested for simple marijuana possession each year and made second-class citizens - for life! They will forever face large obstacles to decent employment, education, travel, housing, government benefits, and will always go into court with one strike against them. They can even have their children taken away!

    25 million Americans are now locked away in this very un-American sub-class because of this bogus "criminal" record. That has a horrible effect on the whole country, being a massive waste of human potential.

    The fraudulent marijuana prohibition has never accomplished one positive thing. It has only caused vast amounts of crime, corruption, violence, death and the severe diminishing of everyone's freedom.

    There is no more important domestic issue than ending what is essentially the American Inquisition.

  • coloradoblue Grand Junction, CO
    Jan. 31, 2018 2:28 p.m.

    Once again individuals who know nothing about the facts chime in and tout their own "facts"that are not factual at all. Not a single Medical Society approves of the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes because there are no quality studies that support it.
    Edibles have a much more concentrated dose of cannibis and we have seen multiple fatalities in Colorado due to its use so edibles are being regulated more closely.
    Smoking marijuana increases your chances of lung cancer 13 times above the risk of smoking cigarettes.
    The illegal use of marijuana has skyrocketed in Colorado since making it legal. Illegal grows have increased, insurance rates for cars, health, etc have all increased and DUI's are more common.
    "Medical" marijuana is an oxymoron. The use of opioids in Colorado is going down due to regulation and not because of pot. Utah, don't let this into your state. Those of you who want it legal should consider a new address and stop trying to destroy a wonderful gem of a state like Utah!

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    Jan. 31, 2018 2:00 p.m.

    We the people in Utah have said no to Patrick Byrne's politics time and time again - vouchers, Jonathan Johnson, and a number of other topics. His brand of libertarianism is a poor fit for Utah and our community values. The pot debate is no exception.

  • CMO Beaver Beaver, UT
    Jan. 31, 2018 11:17 a.m.

    I bet he does!

  • Granny Saint George, UT
    Jan. 31, 2018 8:58 a.m.

    @conservative scientist and anyone else who reads the scientific evidence and pleadings of doctors and scientists all around our country. They are adamant against the legalization of marijuana for hundreds of reasons. The studies are out there that this is a bad idea.

    If you want to do this, move to CO or NV. Don't foul my state.

    Please, legislators, DO NOT succumb to this madness.

  • Jeremiah Flanksteak Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2018 8:54 a.m.

    Elsleuith: But today pot smokers are paraded before our eyes as unfortunate victims with only one alternative to a happy life. While I feel for those who suffer pain. There are other effective alternatives.
    Also from Elsleuith: When I see someone smoking tobacco on the street I think to myself, that isn't smart. When we see someone lighting up a joint do we think, excellent choice in a pain reliever?
    1: By 'other effective alternatives', if you're referring to opioids or other narcotic pain 'medicine', look at the raw numbers of how many people have died from opioid overdoes/addition (which is the gateway drug to heroin). 200,000+ and counting.
    2. A person needs not 'smoke' Cannabis to benefit from it. It's called 'edibles' - look it up.
    I don't understand the fear factor against it. 'Reefer Madness' mentality needs to end. The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 is the biggest scam against the Constitution.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 31, 2018 8:51 a.m.

    It is beyond silly that cannabis is illegal at all.

    Its a simple plant.

    Legalize now.

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    Jan. 31, 2018 8:50 a.m.

    conservative scientist: "Personal testimonials are the antithesis of true scientific research ..."

    I agree... and it was with that in mind that I read the "testimonial" that was posted about Bob Marley. (I don't believe there's any evidence that Marley's cancer was somehow related to his ingesting demon reefer. People who have never used cannabis die of cancer, and people who use cannabis live to a ripe old age.)

    Personally, I believe there's evidence that cannabis CAN be beneficial in treating or easing the symptoms of some illnesses. I believe smoking it - OR ANYTHING - is bad for you. Smoke is carcinogenic, period. But alcohol, tobacco, soda pop, cheeseburgers, and potato chips are bad for you. Is it the government's responsibility to regulate your intake? (I don't see it in the Constitution... and every effort to do so has been a colossal failure. I'm a conservative, and I'm in favor or letting adults decide for themselves, and accept responsibility for the consequences, either good or bad.)

    Idaho and Utah will probably be the 49th and 50th states to decriminalize cannabis, but the tide is rolling in.

  • Jeremiah Flanksteak Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2018 8:46 a.m.

    I meant...medical benefits of Cannabis in fighting cancer (sorry for the typo). Ask Mr. Jon M. Huntsman Sr. his views on Cannabis as an agent to fight cancer. I have. He wants more research done, as in, immediately. Unfortunately, there is so much political red tape and so many Big Money (Huge Money) interests fighting to keep it down. How it remains a 'Schedule 1' drug (same level as heroin, cocaine, and other lethal drugs) is beyond reason. No one has ever died from Cannabis use, and a person needs not smoke it for its beneficial properties. There are so many uses - oils, cremes, salves, tons of textile/industrial uses. You can cook with it, use it for skin irritations/acne...literally tons of benefits. It's not all about getting high, and even it is, again, what's the harm to you? People who recreationally use Cannabis are for the most part non-violent, peaceful, loving, caring people. Most of my good friends use it for both recreational and medicinal purposes. We're not all miscreants and thugs - sorry to burst any bubbles or perceptions. I'm active LDS, and I use Cannabis. If you want to demonize me for that, that's not my worry/concern. Peace y'all!

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2018 8:39 a.m.

    Join the neighboring states and legalize it.

  • Elsleuith Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 31, 2018 8:31 a.m.

    If I was a 20 year old reading this article I would think, wow, Patrick is a billionaire, smokes pot and looks this good? Marijuana has benefits. (not a current photo) In the old days pot smokers did so in a dark corner. But today pot smokers are paraded before our eyes as unfortunate victims with only one alternative to a happy life. While I feel for those who suffer pain. There are other effective alternatives.

  • Jeremiah Flanksteak Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2018 8:24 a.m.

    The criminalization of Cannabis via the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 is one of the greatest frauds foisted upon the U.S. citizens, and a total violation of our constitutional rights. We're talking about the right to grow your own medicine, and yes, within the next 20 years the general public will be praising Cannabis as the single greatest plant ever when it comes to medicinal benefits. I'm talking treating a wide range of illnesses to the human body. Full legalization for both medicinal and recreation use is most certainly a viable and practical solution to our society. If you can grow your own food, you can grow your own medicine. Stop the fear, stop the ignorance. Sorry AZ Eagle, your Bob Marley reference is full of holes arguing against the medical benefits of cancer. If his suffering was reduced by using it, what harm is that against you?

  • Elsleuith Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 31, 2018 7:45 a.m.

    Medicinal Cannabis is the doorway to open use of marijuana. It that a door we want to open. Do we really want the next generation of Utah youth smoking pot? It won't help their driving or their grades in school. If you are experiencing pain from cancer there are many alternatives to pot. In this day and age there is no reason to experience pain. Our pharmaceutical industry is well stocked.

    When I see someone smoking tobacco on the street I think to myself, that isn't smart. When we see someone lighting up a joint do we think, excellent choice in a pain reliever?

  • a bit of reality Shawnee Mission, KS
    Jan. 31, 2018 7:43 a.m.

    When evaluating the pros and cons of medical marijuana, it is important to compare it to the pros and cons of other legally prescribed drugs. In states where marijuana has been legalized, the use of opioids such as oxycodone decreases. Addiction to things like oxycodone is incredibly intense, and overdosing is becoming more common. If somebody is taken off of their opioids they will often turn to anything in order to deal with their addiction, including methamphetamines and heroin.

    In principle, I agree that drugs need to be researched more. But it is hard to imagine that the risk factors of pot are as bad as the risk factors of opioids. That being the case, legalization should be expedited.

  • UtahEngineer Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2018 7:06 a.m.

    Good for you, Patrick.

    You are a real class act!

    Keep up the good work... for your company and for Utah!

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 31, 2018 6:45 a.m.

    The only thing I can recall, from the '70's, is it made me hungry!

  • Gregory American Fork, UT
    Jan. 31, 2018 6:31 a.m.

    When you are in severe pain you want to try almost anything to defeat the pain. There are many every day regular people who deal with chronic pain. For many, regular prescription drugs do not reduce that pain sufficiently. If cannabis even has a remote chance to help reduce pain, then legalize it.

  • AZ Eagle ,
    Jan. 30, 2018 11:39 p.m.

    Let me tell you about Bob Marley, the musical advocate of marijuana for most of his life. He smoked it, he sang about it, he praised its effects on his mind and body. If there was anyone who could prove the medicinal benefits of marijuana and cannabis, it was Bob Marley.

    Bob Marley was diagnosed and treated for skin cancer in July 1977. By all accounts, he continued to smoke marijuana. Four years later the cancer had spread throughout his body and into his brain. He passed away of cancer in May 1981 at the young age of 36.

    Marijuana didn't help him live a long and healthy life, so why should we think it will help anyone else? There are better and safer alternatives. Let's use those to enjoy a long and healthy life.

  • 112358 Alpine, UT
    Jan. 30, 2018 10:40 p.m.

    Why is the DN giving a megaphone to an admitted illegal drug user – with zero training in science – to push legalization of pot?

    Byrne’s statements in this article are completely unscientific. At best, he echoes the pro-pot smoke and mirrors reasoning that clouds the Internet with bogus arguments.

    This is journalism in the public disinterest.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Jan. 30, 2018 8:33 p.m.

    Personal testimonials are the antithesis of true scientific research and methodology and have little, if any, role in the scientific search for truth. It doesn't matter how big the name of the person; I am going with the Utah Medical Association on this one.

    Jan. 30, 2018 8:21 p.m.

    Medicinal Cannabis, it certainly seems to make sense for some people.

    Cannabis could also explain people who think Overstock has good prices.

  • AZ Eagle ,
    Jan. 30, 2018 8:17 p.m.

    Marijuana is scientifically related to hops, which is the primary ingredient in beer. Why not legalize beer for the treatment of pain? Oh wait, it is legal.

    Okay. So if you want to help alleviate the pain of cancer, maybe you could drink a six pack of hops beer. The results will be about the same and it is much cheaper than marijuana.