Letter: Not perfect, but good enough for now

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  • barfolomew Tooele, UT
    Dec. 19, 2018 12:04 p.m.

    @ my_two_cents_worth

    I said:
    “Reduced the number of privately-run dispensaries allowed;”

    You said:
    "Thereby reducing access for many and outright eliminating for others."

    Reducing access? Exactly how many people in Utah are in need of a marijuana prescription?

    I said:
    “Required dispensaries to employ pharmacists to recommend dosages”

    You said:
    "That’s just plain stupid and intended to interfere with the doctor/patient relationship. Pharmacists don’t recommend dosages of conventional prescription medication-that’s the physicians job; why should medical marijuana be handled differently?"

    EXACTLY! You made my point for me. Doctors prescribe meds like opioids, codeine, etc. and you get them filled at the drug store. The meds usually come in pills. Medical MJ should be handled the same way. Do people really need to smoke it? Why can't it be in a pill? From a pharmacy? They don't give you a needle and a spoon for an opioid prescription.

    This is how CA started. Quacks issuing prescriptions for a small fee. Then you go to the pot shop and buy your weed and rolling papers and get high with your friends.

    Medical MJ should be handled like any other doctor's prescription.

  • my_two_cents_worth university place, WA
    Dec. 18, 2018 3:36 p.m.

    @barfolomew

    “These were the legislative changes:
    Removed the provision allowing patients to grow their own marijuana;”

    I could probably get behind that.

    “Reduced the number of privately-run dispensaries allowed;”

    Thereby reducing access for many and outright eliminating for others.

    “Required dispensaries to employ pharmacists to recommend dosages”

    That’s just plain stupid and intended to interfere with the doctor/patient relationship. Pharmacists don’t recommend dosages of conventional prescription medication-that’s the physicians job; why should medical marijuana be handled differently?

  • RedShirtUofU Andoria, UT
    Dec. 18, 2018 3:15 p.m.

    To "Ranch " we don't have the right to make a law that is contrary to Federal law.

    Federal law dictates that Marijuana is illegal. Despite the state law, you can still be brought up on Federal Drug Charges.

    If making a drug law that is contrary to Federal law is allowable, then why can't a marriage law also be allowable?

    It is as if you don't mind it when it benefits you, but when it doesn't you are against it. Some would call that hypocrisy. You may have another word for it, but that is what it is.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Dec. 18, 2018 1:37 p.m.

    RedShirtUofU says:

    "To "Impartial7" sort of like when the people of Utah voted to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. Or like when California decided that marriage was between 1 man and 1 woman."

    - First, "The people of Utah" did NOT have the right to vote on the civil rights of other citizens (14th Amendment - equal protection clause).

    - Second, marriage has included same gendered couples for thousands of years, it was YOU trying to 'change the definition'.

    - Third, in this case it was the LDS church that called the gov and told him to call the special session - the LDS church interfered in the government and it interfered in the lives of Non-Mormons - it again, has NO right to interfere in the lives of Non-Mormons.

  • barfolomew Tooele, UT
    Dec. 18, 2018 1:19 p.m.

    Have you people read Prop 2? You voted on it. Didn't you read it?

    "Shall a law be enacted to: establish a state-controlled process that allows persons with certain illnesses to acquire and use medical cannabis and, in certain limited circumstances, to grow up to six cannabis plants for personal medical use; authorize the establishment of facilities that grow, process, test, or sell medical cannabis and require those facilities to be licensed by the state; and establish state controls on those licensed facilities, including: electronic systems that track cannabis inventory and purchases; and requirements and limitations on the packaging and advertising of cannabis and on the types of products allowed?"

    These were the legislative changes:
    Removed the provision allowing patients to grow their own marijuana;
    Reduced the number of privately-run dispensaries allowed; and
    Required dispensaries to employ pharmacists to recommend dosages

    These are common sense changes. Everyone should agree that this needs to be controlled (unless you are a recreational user using this Prop to "legally" gain access to weed).

    It's supposed to be for those with certain medical conditions.

  • RedShirtUofU Andoria, UT
    Dec. 18, 2018 12:09 p.m.

    To "Impartial7" sort of like when the people of Utah voted to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. Or like when California decided that marriage was between 1 man and 1 woman. Or like when the people said Senators should be chosen by the state government.

    There are many cases where people voted for a law, and eventually it was changed. This is no different. Had they waited 1 week or a month, or a year, it wouldn't be different.

    Based on reality and comparing it to what you stated, you should be more honest. Just say you are mad at the Legislature for doing something you wanted. They didn't do anything outside of their power or authority.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2018 8:46 a.m.

    It's funny how some people in Utah have to claim that "more research" be done when it comes to weed.

    It's like they don't trust the other states and countries that have already done research. It HAS to be Utah research, which is like reinventing the wheel.

    The translation for this type of action is that they are waiting for the church's approval. The over throw of Prop 2 is evidence of that fact.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 18, 2018 6:55 a.m.

    No. They stole the people's will. Now you trust them to negotiate fairly? When have you seen the Legislature do the right things when they control the power? You don't have to think very long to know the answer- Never! And, they're not about to start now.