Red Dirt, here are some actual facts from legitimate, verifiable sources (I
notice you did not source). 1) "ruins lives" There has been
as much as a 31% reduction in opioid deaths in states where cannabis is legal.
That saves lives, not ruins lives. SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical
Assoc.2) "sell children's lives to addiction". Cannabis
is available in any high school because drug dealers don't care how old you
are. Alcohol is not because it is regulated. Ask any student. To help keep it
out of the hands of children, regulate it. Important! Teen drug use is down in
CO. SOURCE: National Survey on Drug Use and Health from a Federal study.4) "Gateway drug" excuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse
(NIDA), an outspoken anti-drug institution did a study and found that " the
majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, "harder"
substances". 5) "valid research" Thousands of studies
that have already been done! The Alzheimer's Institute and the Epilepsy
Foundation have both stated that they have seen positive, life-saving results
from cannabis. SOURCE: Alzheimers.net and Elilepsy.com. And the Gov't has a
patent on it as a medicine!
Patients and caregivers have waited on the Utah Legislature to pass meaningful
laws to help ease medical conditions. While it is great that the legislature
passed a law so those that are about to die can qualify for cannabis use it does
not allow any other patients to gain access. In over 3000 years of humans using
cannabis there has not been one documented case of a overdose death. The ballot
initiative was written in a very tight conservative way to limit patient use.
Cannabis can be a new legal tool to address the addictions issues that we as a
society face. Pharmaceutical companies and other stake holders are opposed to it
use because legalizing cannabis would be a huge shift in the market that would
effect their profit margins. There is enough science that has been done outside
of the USA to justify further study and reclassification and allow medical use
for those that can benefit from it. If others want to wait for more science that
is fine for them. Other patients need safe legal access now. Why can LDS members
use medical cannabis in other states and countries but not in Utah?
Please Utah legislators do not fall for the fairy tale of "medical
marijuana". California is turning into a cess pool of criminals, illegal
aliens and homeless people and it all started with "medical marijuana".
A doctor in one small Northern California town gave out thousands of
"prescriptions" for $112 each. It is a ploy to undermine society.
We've rolled over into another month so it must be time for another biased,
unsourced commentary concerning the upcoming medical marijuana ballot
initiative. The editorial opinion of this newspaper and it's owner are
widely known regarding medical marijuana. I assume we can expect another such
article next month and continuing until the election. I'm certain that
those opposed to the initiative welcome the no-cost propaganda broadcast on
so those convicted of possession of marijuana, now want their conviction
overturned retroactively? So, if i get a speeding tick on a road that
later raises the speed limit, i can have that conviction overturned?? You
broke the law, and was convicted and sentenced appropriately. you made a
conscious choice to break the law. now live with the consequences....
One of the falsehoods of the article is that dentists can recommend Cannabis.
No they can't according to the ballot initiative.
Disappointing article on so many levels. DNews, you can do better. Start by
using only the word "cannabis" instead of the perjorative term
"marijuana". Educate with your reporting. Cannabis is NOT a
gateway, Red Dirt. That myth was debunked years ago. Google it.Cannabis IS medicinal. The federal government took out patents on the medical
properties of cannabis. If Red Dirt were truly educated on cannabis, he'd
know that. Google it. Or watch the seizures subside in my daughter
after she takes her cannabis oil. I'm not talking CBD, I'm saying we
get total control when we go to Colorado and add THC to CBD. She doesnt get high
because the dose is low; but higher than what is legal in Utah.Rep
Daw only wants terminal patients to have access to cannabis. Epilepsy kills more
people annually than breast cancer, and without warning. Its called SUDEP-
Sudden Unexpected Death from Epilepsy. My daughter could be saved by cannabis
with higher levels of THC, but she's not eligible, because she might live
more than 6 months. There are about 115,000 people with Epilepsy in Utah, and
many could benefit from more open access to cannabis. We can do
better, Utah and we will, in November.
Red Dirt is a counselor, someone that benefits from cannabis remaining illegal
(think court-mandated counseling). He's seen it ruin lives. But
there's not a single report on a cannabis overdose death. You can't
even say that about Tylenol.Other people want FDA approval? How soon we
forget Fen-phen, Vioxx and other meds that were recalled by the FDA after people
died. FDA approval doesnt mean something is safe. The Weber sheriff thinks
too many people might claim "chronic pain". Yet painmed dot org says 100
million Americans have chronic pain, and as a country we spend about $4.2
Billion on aspirin, naproxen and OTC pain meds every year. I think the sheriff
underestimates how many people could benefit from legalization.And bus
drivers (the sheriff also mentioned pilots, doctors and public safety people)...
what if they use cannabis? Well, sheriff, how about you and employers enforce
the myriad of laws on the books regarding impairment at work? Pilots dont drink
before flying because they understand the consequences. Enough. People are
literally dying. Legalize for medical use.
"Anecdote" is not the singular of "data". I understand people
fear what they do not understand, but the palpable fear in this article really
detracts from its attempt to present a reasoned argument against the
soon-to-be-approved ballot initiative.Those who oppose medical
cannabis legalization, and who are waiting for FDA approval, know that medical
marijuana advocates will wait forever for those Federally-funded studies,
because it's classified as a Schedule I drug. Before deploying this line of
argument, then, please explain to DesNews readers WHY cannabis is Schedule I.
Start there, and then we can have a discussion.Also, please explain
why studies done in other countries and published in the peer-reviewed medical
literature don't "count", but the peculiar US classification of
cannabis preventing US-funded research DOES count.
Biased article against a plant with MANY positive spiritual, emotional and
physical benefits. Used by many (which will continue, legal or not) for
spiritual enlightenment & greater appreciation and sense of self/connection
to God/His creations.From article: 'When the woman gave
birth...baby demonstrated difficulty feeding...woman tested positive (pot).
Although the effects are LARGELY UNKNOWN, marijuana use while pregnant has been
associated with low birth weight and developmental problems for babies. The
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends against it.'
(WEAK take. No data to support claims. Define 'developmental
problems'. We know NOTHING about this woman, she smoked pot, the baby
can't eat, therefore A+B = C. LAZY journalism! My wife used
Cannabis almost daily during her pregnancy, and our daughter (now 11) was/is
healthy with no medical issues. She used it because of OVERWHELMING nausea and
it gave her the ability to function and eat without throwing up every time.
Imagine that - it HELPED her eat/mitigated nausea. If she doesn't eat, how
healthy do you think our daughter would have been? It's a WONDER DRUG,
whether 'haters' believe it or not.
Red Dirt -“As a professional counselor, I see first hand the
ill effects of so called recreational pot use. It ruins lives”.Truly believe that ANY professional “counselor” should be aware of
the fact that the federal government doesn’t allow “studies”
which hinders ANY F.D.A. involvement better yet approval! F.Y.I. Obtained 2 Ivy
League degrees and 2 graduate level degrees. Retired at 40. Care to explain how
recreational marijuana has “ruined” my life? “Medical marijuana use doesn't really exist. It's a
sham”. Tell this to any cancer patient! Personally witnessed
the tremendous assistance marijuana provided my father (who spent several
decades with the Justice Department/F.B.I.) throughout his fight with cancer.
“Most of the people I speak to who want to legalize it are
already smoking it. So, if it helps so much, why are these people also using
other illegal drugs still....um maybe because its..”Excellent
point...”Um” people that use marijuana don’t need their
regular medications or have any need for antibiotics? I’m aware of plenty
that support legalization and they never have used marijuana. “Don't be fooled by the propaganda”.Please heed
The only reason that the legislature attempted to pass any new cannabis access
laws is because of the current initiative. They have had years to come up a
policy and pass it and choose instead to setup laws to enrich their friends and
family knowing that the ballot initiative would pass. The ones that are trying
to enrich themselves are the legislature. The Kevin Sabet crowd keep claiming
that advocates are trying to enrich themselves and this will lead to
recreational laws. It is not hard to point out the past and current legislature
members who have set up themselves to profit from a cannabis program in Utah.
Arizona tried to pass a recreation law and it failed. Utah values do not support
recreation use. Utah values do support compassionate medical use under the
supervision of a doctor with strict use limits. The reason that the initiative
has come about is due to the lack of laws being passed in Utah. The legislature
has had years to pass a bill and chose to do nothing. Now the will of the people
will be put to a vote. The cannabis initiative is the strictest and most
conservative initiative ever proposed. Quit playing the unintended consequences
card and get real.
As a professional counselor, I see first hand the ill effects of so called
recreational pot use. It ruins lives.But we're talking about medical
marijuana right? Wrong. Medical marijuana use doesn't really exist.
It's a sham. We still don't have enough info. When we do, the FDA will
approve it. Furthermore, so called medical marijuana is a "gateway" to
full legalization. (See neighbor states). People who want to legalize it
the most, profit by it. They would sell our children's lives to addiction.
Most of the people I speak to who want to legalize it are already smoking it.
So, if it helps so much, why are these people also using other illegal drugs
still....um maybe because its a gateway drug. Sure, pot's not the worst,
but its not safe either.Don't be fooled by the propaganda. Just
because everybody else is doing it doesn't make it safe or smart.Utah's alcohol laws are the envy of the nation's law enforcement and
treatment professionals. Let's keep our marijuana laws equally
restrictive!Vote "no" to marijuana use! When we have valid
research, recommended and measurable dosages, and safe medical practice, then
you have medicine--not drug abuse.
I don't use marijuana. I don't drink alcohol either. But I simply
don't care whether others do or not. But I believe that pot should be
completely legal for any kind of use. I know for sure that alcohol is far, far
more dangerous that pot, and it's legal and the state makes a LOT of money
on it. Also, the results are in: Pot is NOT a so called "gateway" drug.
So there are exactly zero justifiable reasons left to kept it illegal.
From the article, "All the states that have now legalized recreational
marijuana started by approving medical cannabis. So, is this a “slippery
slope" toward legalization?"No, this is not a slippery slope
to recreational Cannabis. Utah has done a good job of keeping Utah, Utah. No
gambling unlike every other state but 2 I believe that do not have the lottery,
we have tight control of liquor including not being sold in stores except state
run stores, and other similar conservative values. Have faith in Utah
people.This is about patients and nothing more. 76% of
Utahan's are compassionate enough to know that Utah is ready to reduce
suffering. The sooner we start to regulate and control Cannabis, the better.
Let's stop making some patients criminals. For those that are
against or want to wait on Medical Cannabis, how long would you wait to reduce
your child's destructive symptoms ? 1 year 2 years?? Until it happens
to you, I guess you don't know.
As a person who struggles with PTSD and Chronic Pain from Fibromyalgia, Chronic
Pancreatitis and IBS I should be the happiest person on earth to see this ballot
initiative passed. Instead I have little to no hope thanks to the crooked
legislature that even if it does pass that the legislature is going to step in
and immediately find a way to kill it. The LDS Church isn't
going to budge in its stance against Marijuana until it gets legalized at the
federal level. I'm a LDS member and I'm frustrated by this as well.
The Legislature which are very conservative mostly mormon aren't going to
go against what the church wants. There has to be someway to get
people help without compromising ones integrity. It needs to happen now not in
another 10 years. I'm not against the idea of possibly using Cannabis Oil
if it helps with any or all of my problems.
One sided reporting. Another misleading and sad story from Dnews. What people
who have studied cannabis debate have come to expect.
ConradGurch said: "With no separation of church & state, Utah
doesn't contribute to the debate. Common sense is out the window unless the
"church" has spoken"Is that why there is No drinking,
smoking, drugs, gambling, porn or abuse among people who have been baptized
LDS--because the Church has specifically and repeatedly denounced those?Yes, your argument that everybody falls in lock step with what the LDS
Church wants and has spoken on just kind of fizzled there didn't it? :)
"The law said it had to be smoked indoors, but we can smell it coming from
the neighbor's yard two houses away."How sad for you. How will
you recover from having to almost smell something?"By
legitimizing marijuana by making it legal, people who would have otherwise
avoided the drug are now "experimenting", like School Bus
drivers."-Citation needed. "It hasn't made
Washington a better place to live, unless you are a transient looking for easy
access to pot."Really? You sound like someone who has never had an
idea about pot but really believed the tripe you were told. "Homeless
camps have sprouted a lot, and our town is dealing with it like never has had to
before."Again you show your ignorance on the subject. You seem to be
equating addiction to opioids (legal in all 50 states) to pot. No one* is
homeless because of pot. *Please feel free to keep you exceptions to
the rule to yourself.
@WallE,So you're saying that before when it was banned no one
was able to get it. But now that it is legal your neighbor two doors down smokes
it all the time and so do the school bus drivers. I wonder if they had
prohibitions on guns if no one would be able to get them either, only if they
WallE - Walla Walla, WA“Recreational marijuana has been legal
for some time in Washington. The law said it had to be smoked indoors, but we
can smell it coming from the neighbor's yard two houses away. By
legitimizing marijuana by making it legal, people who would have otherwise
avoided the drug are now "experimenting", like School Bus drivers.
Thankfully employers can still mandate drug testing. It hasn't made
Washington a better place to live, unless you are a transient looking for easy
access to pot. Homeless camps have sprouted a lot, and our town is dealing with
it like never..”States’ rights anyone? Absolute nonsense
and propaganda! The law mentions NOTHING about having to use indoors. It states
that it is illegal to consume marijuana “in view of the public”. One
can easily shield themselves from public view in the privacy of their own
backyard. Also, I have a home in Utah and can smell it as well coming from
neighbors yards, especially when the weather is warmer. It’s illegal in
Utah! What’s your point specifically besides passing along propaganda?
Care to explain how Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia don’t share this problem?
Facts rather blatant lies please. Thank you.
So a "mental attribute" is not worth adding to the debate, yet the same
"mental" challenged adult can walk into any ABC store and acquire liquor
by simply showing a valid ID? Doctors (as well as other valid
practitioners) have not been trained on whether cannabis or THC will do harm or
good for an individual, but base their prescription of opiates from studies of
other patients or clinical trials.How long has "Mary Jane" been in
existence? Clinical trials as well as experience of other states should shed a
small light on this. Did no one track the "users" in California for the
last 22 years?Of course the legal eagles want a share of the profits as
well as the growers. Big pharma will be a loser if the opiod market
crashes. We are all adults aren't we? Don't like drinking? Don't
buy alcohol. Don't like drugs? Don't use them. Use your own conscience
to decide and then vote or contact your legislature and let them know your
Recreational marijuana has been legal for some time in Washington. The law said
it had to be smoked indoors, but we can smell it coming from the neighbor's
yard two houses away.By legitimizing marijuana by making it legal,
people who would have otherwise avoided the drug are now
"experimenting", like School Bus drivers. Thankfully employers can
still mandate drug testing.It hasn't made Washington a better
place to live, unless you are a transient looking for easy access to pot.
Homeless camps have sprouted a lot, and our town is dealing with it like never
has had to before.
Cannabis should be legal. The government should have never prohibited it at all.
Imagine if Utah had incredibly tight regulations on guns, but all of our border
states had really lax gun laws. How would that workout for us?
With no separation of church & state, Utah doesn't contribute to the
debate. Common sense is out the window unless the "church" has spoken.
Utah is one of 6 states that do not sell power ball tickets. 3 of the other 6
think it will hurt their legalized gambling. Alaska doesn't need it due to
oil. Just Utah & Alabama.
What's the beef if prescribed by a medical doctor?
We have medical forms of heroin, meth, and any number of other drugs. Under the
supervision of a doctor, I fail to see how marijuana is more dangerous than any
other prescription drug.