'Time to move forward': Utah House, Senate overwhelmingly pass medical marijuana compromise bill

Herbert says Utah 'now has the best-designed medical cannabis program in the country'

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  • Million Riverton, UT
    Dec. 5, 2018 7:20 a.m.

    I laugh when I see the anecdotal comments how Denver neighborhoods were ruined by stores set up to legally sell Marijuana. That was supposed to happen to Riverton when the state said they were going to open a Utah State Liquor store. All those opposed came out telling horror stories of drunks hanging around the area and the mingling crowds of vagrants and riffraff who were going to show up. The sky is not falling folks. Keep calm and this too shall pass.

  • oaklandaforlife Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 6:41 p.m.

    @BI,

    "If the price in Utah is too expensive, will consumers be allowed to buy the legal products from other States, to fight against the potential monopoly?"

    Just take a little looksee at Utah State liquor stores. Too expensive, an absolute monopoly, and no, consumers will not be allowed to buy the so called legal products in others states and legally bring them over Utah's border. They can be purchased out of state, but buyer beware.

  • BI Orem, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 4:42 p.m.

    Re: "allows fewer such businesses to operate in the state", will it become monoploy, which benefits big corporations?
    If the price in Utah is too expensive, will consumers be allowed to buy the legal products from other States, to fight against the potential monopoly?

  • Mr. Mac South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 3:23 p.m.

    Now when you vote for your Representive next election remember how they treated your vote on this matter.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 3:03 p.m.

    Vote them all out of office.

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 2:44 p.m.

    @stand up for truth wrote: "Referendums are just that... a non-binding referral to the legislature... an opportunity to get public opinion."

    That's not accurate. Prop 2 (the medical marijuana proposition) was not simply a non-binding referendum. Once passed, it became binding law, which is why people are so irked by the Legislature's overturning it. Our legislators know Prop 2 was widely supported by Utah voters, but they decided anyway to undo it at the first opportunity. If that isn't hubris, I don't know what is.

  • eleetham Sacramento, CA
    Dec. 4, 2018 1:58 p.m.

    Geriatric Mommy it was more likely Heroin in the Bronx and uptown Harlem in the late 60's and 70's from Frank Lucas family dealing them drugs.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 1:45 p.m.

    I don't have a strong opinion one way or the other on marijuana since it so freely available in Nevada. Its' really sort of a moot point. The Utah legislature believes they are guardians of EVERYTHING and everybody in Utah - thats the way they always have been.

    My point is: I believe the prop. 2 advocates have a strong case in court. You should all re-read the case handed down by the Utah Supreme Court regarding the Cottonwood Mall redevelopment last week. Although the cases are somewhat different, what the court decided was that citizens referendums have much more weight than previously thought by both elected authorities.

    Most of the points that supporters INCLUDED in the public referendum were not included in the legislature's actions; therefore the referendum wasn't implemented. Even though the legislature themselves have established such a high bar for citizens initiative petitions.

    Effectively, as far as I can see the referendum had NO effect at all - which might compel the courts to intercede!

  • Peacevibes55 , 00
    Dec. 4, 2018 1:32 p.m.

    The problem with this compromise bill, it will not allow the most
    Vulnerable adults with Disability and debilitating conditions to obtain medical marijuana or even a medical marijuana card.

    This is a travesty to disabled adults who are in need, isn’t this a form of discrimination by the state of Utah. For the most part the people that will be applying for medical marijuana or the disabled .

    Will only lead to more People being arrested for trying to get relief from Debilitating conditions.
    I heard everybody to write their congressman the governor and senator‘s of Utah we need separation from Church and State.
    I thought we were here to help the citizens not make them criminals.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 11:48 a.m.

    The only thing this compromise bill really guarantees is a few hundred more Utah license plates in Nevada and Colorado dispensaries every week.

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 11:39 a.m.

    There are two big misnomers here. Compromise and initiative. A true compromise is when everyone gets up from the table and still feels shorted. And a real initiative is where you work you butt off, get results and then everyone works toward the end goal of the effort. Neither of these two elements are present in this so called compromise initiative. Utah is falling "sooo farrrr" behind that California, Colorado or Oregon looks good from where I stand . Only persons being helped by this farce are the drug companies.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 11:11 a.m.

    @stand up for truth
    "3. Many who voted for the proposition did so only after learning of the compromise. So don't suppose the majority vote necessarily wanted liberal use of marijuana. Many would have voted no if the "compromise" was not included"

    Prop 2 was initially polling ahead by a 2 to 1 margin and still had a 20 point lead in polling after the LDS church got involved. It won by 6. If anything the reverse is true, that many would have voted yes if the "compromise" was not included.

    The compromise allowed for things like LDS voters who support medical marijuana (a large portion of members) to be able to vote with the church-urged position but still get medical marijuana through.

    Well, assuming that the legislature would've passed this if the no side won. I'm skeptical of that...

  • stand up for truth Lehi, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 10:32 a.m.

    The comments to this article are exactly as I expected. Those who want uncontrolled use of marijuana are angry and bitter. Those who want a substance that could be abused want responsible controls and are fine with the passed legislation.

    Those who say the will of the people were not heard miss a couple of things:
    1. Referendums are just that... a non-binding referral to the legislature... an opportunity to get public opinion. They are not the law itself. They let the legislature hear the voice of the people.
    2. The legislature are who have the right and responsibility to introduce and make public law.
    3. Many who voted for the proposition did so only after learning of the compromise. So don't suppose the majority vote necessarily wanted liberal use of marijuana. Many would have voted no if the "compromise" was not included.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 10:05 a.m.

    So much for democracy in Utah. It is officially dead!

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    Dec. 4, 2018 10:01 a.m.

    I signed the initial petition to get Prop 2 on the ballet, voted against it in the election, and am now happy with the compromise.

    The compromise bill isn't substantially different from Prop 2 but had support from the major institutional bodies on both sides of the issue. This to me is a significantly better solution than Prop 2. We should be happy with the compromise.

    There will no doubt be issues with the new law that will need to get worked out but that's true of every law. Saying that the language of Prop 2 should never change because it was approved by popular vote is silly. Laws are imperfect and need to change; the new law made adjustments to Prop 2. Prop 2 wasn't perfect, the new law isn't perfect, and more adjustments will be made in the future and that's how our government works.

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 9:11 a.m.

    As a physician, this law makes me less likely to recommend cannabis to patients. There is too much liability on my part. I don’t know if I’ll participate in the program because I do t want to lose my license to practice medicine.

  • goodnight-goodluck Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 9:04 a.m.

    "Working with trained medical professionals, qualified patients in Utah will be able to receive quality-controlled cannabis products from a licensed pharmacist in medical dosage form."

    The above passage will ensure cannabis is NEVER distributed in Utah unless the federal government removes it from the schedule one list of prohibited substances.

    Everything else at this point is hyperbole.

  • Malihini Northern, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 8:58 a.m.

    The comments and sentiment on this board criticizing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' involvement and influence in this compromised bill are just wrong. The church, and any other community organization, has the right and duty to voice their opinion concerning the well being of society. The church was opposed to Prop 2 as was the medical community and others who understood the details of Prop 2. Then they were supportive of this compromise which enables the medical benefits, as verified by the medical community, while doing the best it can to protect the abuse of this drug. And with this support they fulfill their objective of trying to create a wholesome, healthy environment for people to live and families to prosper. What is so wrong in that?

    People may want to abuse this and other drugs and make destructive lifestyle choices but as a church that teaches wholesome, biblical values, they should be consistent and stand up and let their voices be heard. Furthermore they have as much right to voice that opinion as any other person or group. The criticism and blame and level of frustration leveled at the church is unjustified, unnecessary, and incorrect.

  • Billy Bob Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 8:52 a.m.

    First of all, we thankfully don't live in a democracy but rather a representative republic. This makes it so that it is less likely that the will of a small majority will be pushed onto the minority. It also makes it so we often have to make compromises in order to get things done, a fact that is more and more lost by the extreme left and extreme right.

    Second, the legislature did not break any Utah laws, in Utah propositions that are passed are always subject to adjustments by the legislature. If you don't like that, I guess you could work to try to change it, but that is just how it is for now.

    Finally, this bill was going to be the bill regardless of whether prop 2 passed or not because supporters and opponents of prop 2 came together before election day and agreed to it, basically both sides hedging their bets as to whether prop 2 would pass or not. This is because polling had it too close to call before the election, which makes sense given that it did not pass by an overwhelming margin. The fact of the matter is that Utahns are split on the issue. Therefore, this compromise bill is actually, on average, more in line with the will of the people than prop 2.

  • dkirkham69 Springville, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 8:20 a.m.

    We lived in California when Medical marijuana became a farce as anyone, mostly 18 to 30 year olds, who wanted recreational use could easily get a prescription.

    As it was clear during the recent election process that it was too late to amend the flaws of the proposition before the election, I feel that the legislative action was not only open and proper, but responsable.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    Dec. 4, 2018 7:32 a.m.

    Next up for gutting: Medicaid.

  • ERB Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 7:28 a.m.

    Those against this new law really aren't hiding what they truly want, recreational pot. This law gets medical marijuana to those that need it. Unless the Utah medical Association and all those other associations are wrong.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 7:16 a.m.

    This whole process was very transparent and was done in a democracy system throughout. It doesn’t mean it didn’t have ripples and controversy.

    It doe mean that enforcement will exist in the carrying out of the law and order. Families, friends, neighbors, pharmacies and doctors will all be responsible to ensure our state is safe and healthy as can be .

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 7:13 a.m.

    "We have the right to override what the people do by initiative.....Nelson said"
    Initiatives in Utah were never intended by the Utah legislature to be held in high regard by the republican legislators. HB 220 (2008) outlawed the teaching of Utah as a Democracy . The legislators bragged on the floor of our state legislature that once elected they were free to do whatever they wanted. If you don't like it you shouldn't have voted them in office.

    No statewide initiative is legitimate in the eyes of the whitehairs here in Utah. The floor debate in re HB 220 demonstrated their contempt for the initiatives that were to occcur.

    Proposition 2 was an easy target for this thinking. We need an iron clad initiative law that forces the legislators into doing what the initiative instructs. This arrogance and contempt for the thought process of the electorate must be stopped once and for all.

    The new "bill" which emerged yesterday will only allow for the street price to double and the drug store price to quadruple. It will give license , for a buck, to the drug companies to "test" what is already known and then gouge the sick and needy.

  • BR3T Ogden, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 7:09 a.m.

    I'm all for medical, not recreational, by a long shot. My biggest concern is the price and accessibility. I understand that there are going to be restrictions imposed on these medical marijuana law and allow those who are qualified to receive it. How about the insurance whether if they'll cover it or not? I hope they will be careful to allow the people to use it legally and that's basically the reason for the special session to happen so that it'll be utilized for the people that can have that accessibility without compromising with the law.

  • jalapenochomper Albuquerque, NM
    Dec. 4, 2018 6:50 a.m.

    I have chronic pain following a severe accident at a service project almost a decade ago. It has wiped out my career, my health, and my fortune.

    It took years, but finally was able to manage pain to some degree, reducing opiods to 2 or 3 times per week.

    After practically shoving opiodes down my throat (remember, hospitals are graded based on their ability to manage pain), I find myself cut off now that opioids are this week's media and legislative overreaction.

    So in desperation I tried medical cannabis. All I could think is 'that's it?
    This is why we have been jailing people for decades now? '. It works, better than low grade opioids, better than over the counter. The side effect is a deep night's sleep and a need to take laxatives. Big deal. And yes, relief from endless pain.

    Big pharma will never capitalize this medicine. It's far too easy to grow and produce. I see nothing in D&C 89 that excludes big pharma from the 'conspiring men' we are warned about. In fact, why does medication need to be under the control of the medical guilds at all? Many countries don't do this, and one characteristic is affordable and accessible medicine. Trust the voters.

  • MrMas Tucson, AZ
    Dec. 4, 2018 6:29 a.m.

    Three comments: Utah is a Democratic Republic, not Democracy, which is a representative government which allows for this sort of change.

    Why the exclusion for summer auto immune diseases? Those folks already suffer a lot.

    I don't want a government board dictating on a patient-by-patient basis. It seems like it would be better-handled by a board certifying the prescribing doctor: if some doctor is too loose with prescriptions for younger people, couldn't they fix the issue this way?

  • 1hemlock Tooele, Utah
    Dec. 4, 2018 6:14 a.m.

    But I can legally not rent to someone who uses the dispensed MM because it is illegal in a Federal level

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Dec. 4, 2018 5:20 a.m.

    To the many commentators here who would say, “if you don’t like it, vote them out”, I can only say this: The alternative seems to be to join a complacent citizenry / super-majority unwilling to ask for accountability, honesty, and checks on political power.

    I see the options. Thanks.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Dec. 4, 2018 2:41 a.m.

    "We have the right to override what the people do by initiative. Now, we don't do that willy-nilly. The only reason we're here today is we see errors in the initiative passed by the people — we see (excesses)," Rep. Merrill Nelson said.

    I am so sick of the arrogance!. Three ballot initiatives passed because the legislature refused to do the will of the people. And this is what we the people get the day after - we are told that we erred.

  • RRB SLC, UT
    Dec. 4, 2018 1:22 a.m.

    Marijuana is not legal for those who need it. Proposition 2 included auto-immune illnesses. The legislature eliminated that clause, dumping my neighbor with lupus out on the street.

  • wazzup Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 11:25 p.m.

    Those who are up in arms, contradict, specifically, this intent:

    "Working with trained medical professionals, qualified patients in Utah will be able to receive quality-controlled cannabis products from a licensed pharmacist in medical dosage form. And this will be done in a way that prevents diversion of product into a black market.

    "This is an example of how collaboration makes Utah the best-managed state in the nation. Proponents and opponents came together to honor the voice of Utah voters who compassionately stood up for Utah patients. They provided for access to medical cannabis, while closing loopholes that have created significant problems in other states that have legalized medical cannabis."

  • wazzup Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 11:17 p.m.

    Must everyone need to be reminded who opposed Prop 2 as written. Hint, it was more than the "mormon" church. In fact they favor medicinal marijuana use. They opposed the implementation. Others that joined: American Medical Association, Chamber of Commerce, PTA, Sheriff's and Police Associations.......did I miss anyone. So get off your high horse if you don't like the revisions.

    If you need it, you can still get it. But it will be dispensed by professionals not by current marijuana users. Gee, sounds good to me.

  • wazzup Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 11:15 p.m.

    What the legislature did was totally legal..........so go ahead and sue till your hearts content.

    What they did is legal because it is outlined in the Utah constitution. The only people upset with these regulations are those who favor recreational marijuana. their true colors show in the comments. They don't want any oversight. This compromise allows ALL who medically need marijuana, the pathway to get the medicine as everyone agrees, should have access. I would like to see specific arguments against the revisions made by those up in arms.

  • MikeVike66 St. George, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 10:59 p.m.

    You would think that Prop 2 was repealed by the comments on here. If you don't like the compromise then the constituents should vote their reps out. If you don't like the majority decision then there are several states you would probably be happier living in, if marijuana usage is an important issue for you. The good news is medical marijuana is available in Utah to those that have a verifiable medical condition that marijuana could help. If you don't have a legitimate medical condition then Nevada and Colorado are just a short drive away.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 10:50 p.m.

    Wow, the pot advocates sure are unhappy.

    If nothing else, their rabid opposition to the changes made by the legislature confirms that they are mostly upset that the loopholes which could be exploited for recreational users are closed.

    While I still have doubts about "medical" marijuana, the new law seems to be a reasonable way to provide easy access to "medical" forms to patients with verified illnesses, via regulated pharmacies. That is vastly different from the sham "medical" pot laws that advocates got passed in other states which facilitate "legal" pot sales for virtually any imaginable (or totally imaginary) malady, authorized by quack docs, and sold in neighborhood "dispensaries."

    We now have a good, workable way to get legitimate medical pot to patients who claim to benefit from it. Let's see if it works.

    And, let's keep locking up growers, sellers and users of recreational marijuana, especially any who drive under the influence.

    Well done, legislators.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 10:06 p.m.

    I wonder why a medical board needs to supervise a doctor and a patient in order to prescribe MM, but a medical board is not necessary for the prescription of opiates?

  • Pig Frizzle Tremonton, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 8:28 p.m.

    Utah will compromise & pass a ‘Medical Marijuana’ bill on one hand, but the other hand is trying to sue Opioid manufacturing companies for the ‘Opioid Epidemic’. Some people need medical opioids, just like some people need medical marijuana.
    Utah also lives off of cigarette taxes & lawsuit money because smoking is bad, but you can smoke medical marijuana?
    Me thinks there will soon be another tax revenue stream for the Government, through the facade of compassionate medical marijuana.
    Utah Government is really 2-faced!

  • eleetham Sacramento, CA
    Dec. 3, 2018 8:10 p.m.

    It's time to take the Utah Legislature to court. My thoughts when prop 2 won the votes for medical marijuana Utah Legislature should honor that bill and not been changed. All they did is take more availability access for medical marijuana who are suffering still making it difficult to get. Zero compassion.

  • JustGordon Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 7:31 p.m.

    I can only fast and pray that this compromise bill will be taken to court and overturned. Medical marijuana should be made available to all in Utah. This compromise does not do that.

    Why the LDS Church had any say in this matter is beyond me.

  • Jeremiah S Fielding, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 6:41 p.m.

    @Stanfunky

    What you call "legislating from the bench" is actually a Constitutional principle: the Judicial check and balance on the Legislative. It was put into the Constitution by the Founding Fathers. It's convenient to call it something else when you don't agree with the results.

    The Legislative branch in Utah has been sitting on its hands RE: medical cannabis. That's why the Citizens passed Proposition 2, which was the most conservative medical cannabis law in the United States. Overruling a legitimate democratic process has serious ramifications. A lawsuit is completely justified.

  • oaklandaforlife Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 6:35 p.m.

    @ Mainly Me,

    ""...Every Democrat present voted against it."

    Of course. Anyone surprised?"

    Not surprised one little bit. But I'm pleased as punch that they did. Good for them!

  • Biscuit Orem, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 6:26 p.m.

    Everybody I know voted for this because they knew Proposition 2 would be rewritten. Not sure what the big deal is. The medical marijuana users can jump on the fun bus to Wendover and be back in time for dinner.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 5:59 p.m.

    @Fitz
    " it is changing Prop 2 so that the use of cannibas has medical reasons "

    Removing most autoimmune disorders (exceptions are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) from the list of conditions that can qualify for cannibis treatment doesn't seem like a change made to ensure there's medical reasons.

  • Fitz Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 5:15 p.m.

    I wonder, have the commentators read the bill or just the article?? It is bill no. HB 3001, Utah Medical Cannabis Act, and it is long. But it does not kill cannibas, it is changing Prop 2 so that the use of cannibas has medical reasons and the prescriptions will be kept in a similar way to any proper and legal prescription.

    Cannibas is not dead in Utah, but DEA can still stop all the various types of marijuana, whether they are medical or recreational. The federal laws still exist.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 5:00 p.m.

    It isn’t much but at least it’s something. Too bad Prop 2, approved by a majority of the people, won’t stand but such is life in Utah.

  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 5:00 p.m.

    "This is the fifth year in a row the legislature has shot down a medical cannabis bill."

    Wrong. Medical cannabis was just made legal in Utah, by the Legislature and Senate, and will be signed by the Governor in short order.

    "Every republican voted to rescind it..."

    Every Republican voted to clean up the loopholes in the bill which would have been exploited for recreational use.

    And now the D's are threatening to sue and legislate from the bench. Sounds a lot like what the national D's do as well.

  • islandboy Honolulu, HI
    Dec. 3, 2018 4:58 p.m.

    Wait.....isn't the legislature the voice of the people? Who voted them in? Oops, that's right, the people did. If you don't like them, vote them out.

  • ConradGurch Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 3, 2018 4:32 p.m.

    @Geriatric Mommy - Salt Lake City, UT

    Could you be more specific about your area in Denver. I've lived there too and can't picture the location you are describing.

    Also, please help me understand how we could have places like Pioneer Park with out legal MJ?

    Thanks, have a nice day.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Dec. 3, 2018 4:29 p.m.

    "...Every Democrat present voted against it."

    Of course. Anyone surprised?

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 4:24 p.m.

    Even if you're a devout Mormon who opposes the legalization of medical marijuana, this legislative move should give you some serious concern. If the Legislature can so blatantly ignore the people's vote on this issue, they can ignore your vote on issues that you support, too.

    What's the point of even giving us the power to vote on these issues if the Legislature is going to turn around a couple weeks later and nullify our votes?

  • opinion 47 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 4:17 p.m.

    Prop 2 was never just about medical pot, medical pot is just step 1 to legalizing recreational pot. Once legal in Colorado, the drug cartels in mexico began buying up warehouses in Colorado to grow and control pot production - and from there, they have access to do more damage. Wake up people this isn't high school anymore.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 4:17 p.m.

    Lawsuits against this will completely fail. We didn't vote on a constitutional amendment. Prop 2 is functionally like any other law that can be repealed or later altered by another bill. If you have a problem with this the only recourse is (well, more like was) voting out the people doing it.

  • From Ted's Head Orem, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 4:14 p.m.

    "This is a slap in the face of Utah voters, Mormon and non-Mormon, Democrats and Republican voters.?

    Turn the other cheek.

    53% - The will of the people? Take another survey now and I'll bet that the will of the people support this compromise bill.

    Candidly, I trust the Legislature more than the pot proponents.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 3:15 p.m.

    Did anyone really think the real power in this state was going to bend to the will of people... don't kid yourself

    bottom line ... if you want or need marijuana it is plentiful and available and your chances of having legal issues for possessing small amounts is negligible.

  • ConradGurch Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 3, 2018 2:54 p.m.

    Separation of Church & State!

    Just follow the money and that tells you all you need to know.

    All this vote will do is drive up the price for those in need.

    How can Canada be so wrong?

  • Geriatric Mommy Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 2:48 p.m.

    Having fled central Denver for what I believed would be the drug free zone of Utah, I wholeheartedly endorse limiting any so-called medical use of marijuana. Unfortunately, pot is a street drug. We ended up with Russian mobsters one block from our former home in central Denver running a 'medical' pot shop (which then converted to recreational pot 6 weeks prior to our departure). The people who queue up at 8 AM at the so-called medical pot shop are, don't kid yourself, drug addicts. I don't see the same lines for the use of amoxycillin at Walgreens. Moreover, so-called medical pot never appears to have time limitations on its usage. We started to have street crime in what was a formerly normal area of Denver. No thank you! If they can zone so-called medical pot like XXX porn and not ruin heretofore normal neighborhoods then go for it. But there is nothing benign about the THC levels in pot candy and its presence in communities. The pot lobby has a nice spin on it but this is a gateway drug. Oh, and I grew up about 20 minutes north of the Bronx in the 1970s/80s. Let me tell you, pot neighborhoods are not pleasant places and what happens there, does not stay there......alas.

  • strom thurmond taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 2:46 p.m.

    "It also narrows a controversial provision that gives a person an "affirmative defense" to marijuana use or possession charges if they can prove their medical need despite not possessing a medical cannabis card."

    This is the most absurd and immoral part of anything I have read around this whole issue.

    What a disgrace our legislature, and those who own them, are.

  • strom thurmond taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 2:42 p.m.

    Is there a legal fund to which one may donate to oppose this obscenity?

  • Million Riverton, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 2:37 p.m.

    The evil Devils Weed, reefer madness and the bane to pharmaceutical companies for almost 100 years. Sad it has taken this long to mellow out some conservatives. Not that I am going to use it but once the Oxycontin for my lower back wears thin I will most likely try some of that evil Devils Weed. What a step forward.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 2:32 p.m.

    As I predicted. The Utah GOP dominated government subverts the will of the people. This will end up in court, wasting millions of taxpayer dollars, that should go to education.
    Vote. Them. Out.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    Dec. 3, 2018 2:30 p.m.

    We knew this would happen, your vote and opinion mean nothing.

  • MOMS Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 2:26 p.m.

    I am shocked, shocked that Greg Hughes had secret meetings that violated Utah law.

  • FatherOfFour WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 2:16 p.m.

    The Utah house just voted to rescind Prop 2 (passed by ballot initiative), along party lines. Every republican voted to rescind it, every democrat voted to keep it. There are five different bills that have been created to replace it. One was offered by Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck. It was simply technical changes to fix some implementation issues but mostly preserve the intent of Prop 2. It was voted down by a vote of 61-12. Now they are moving forward with the bill meant to fully gut Prop2. This is the fifth year in a row the legislature has shot down a medical cannabis bill.