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    Utah Senate Passes Controversial Medical Marijuana Bill

    I honestly never thought I'd see this ever even getting close to passing...


    http://www.ksl.com/?sid=38652664&nid...marijuana-bill

    Utah Senate passes controversial medical marijuana bill
    By Dennis Romboy | Posted Feb 25th

    SALT LAKE CITY Applause and tears filled the Utah Senate chamber Thursday as a controversial medical marijuana bill passed with more yes votes than expected.

    Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, implored his colleagues to vote not out of fear but out of compassion for people who need cannabis to alleviate their suffering. He acknowledged there would be side effects if SB73 become law, but he said bad things are already happening without it.


    Lawmakers can't always take freedoms away from people who want to do things right and according to the law, he said.

    The Senate approved the bill 17-12. It now goes to the House for consideration.

    Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, voted against the bill, saying he's not "impressed" with marijuana even though it might have some medicinal benefits.

    "I'm actually afraid of this. It think we're going way too fast with this," he said.

    Senators only briefly debated the bill Thursday after having spent considerable time going back and forth on the issue Monday.

    Senate debate Monday ranged from concerns whether medical marijuana would lead to the legalization of recreational marijuana, to Utah's policies forcing people to go out of state for marijuana at risk to their employment, possible criminal charges and child welfare investigations.

    Madsen made seven amendments to SB73 on the Senate floor last Friday, including removing use of the whole marijuana plant and allowing patients to only buy refined cannabis products.

    The changes also removed workplace protections for public employees who use medical marijuana legally; deleted provisions that would have kept cities from using zoning to block dispensaries and grow facilities; allowed random inspections of dispensaries and grow facilities; and prevented dispensaries and grow facilities from being located within 1,000 feet of schools or 600 feet of churches.

    The Senate previously passed Cedar City Republican Sen. Evan Vickers' bill, SB89, that would legalize cannabidiol, or CBD, extracts that do not contain THC. The CBD products have been useful in treating epilepsy and have potential uses for other illnesses.

    It also unanimously supported SJR11, which urges Congress to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug and encourages researchers to investigate the benefits of medical marijuana.

    Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, voted against the bill. He told reporters earlier that he has a fundamental problem with creating dispensaries for medical marijuana.

    "We already have a distribution system for drugs. It's called a pharmacy," he said.

    Niederhauser said he prefers marijuana medications go through the Food and Drug Administration approval process. "That is the proper way to do this," he said.

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    You know, for the LDS Church supposedly so intertwined with Utah politics and halting the progress of this alternative medicine, this bill has passed relatively quickly. For the anti Mormon 'tards whining about how oppressed the freedom of the people are, I would have expected this to take a few years.

    But unless I'm mistaken, it seems like only a few months since serious discussions and political campaigns were ramped up, and this thing is passed already.

    Having said that, I still think the majority of BOTH sides know very little about what this bill actually does. Does this only concern the THC oils, or will Marijuana actually be legally smoked in public, grown at home, sold in special stores...?

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    Smoked in public....never. That's banned even in Colorado.

    Even though the Senate passed it, it still has to get past the House, and ultimately the guv. So it's still an uphill battle, even with the surprising victory in the Senate.

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    Yeah I don't expect too much problem for this medical grade THC to get passed, but the majority of people have the absolute wrong idea of what it's going to mean when this passes.

    Don't everybody go and get your Jamaican Marijuana leaf posters to hang up in your bedrooms just yet.

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    Yeah I don't expect too much problem for this medical grade THC to get passed, but the majority of people have the absolute wrong idea of what it's going to mean when this passes.
    I don't know how Utah will pan out, or how the final law will be written, but I do know that as soon as there was a medical dispensary in Craig, there were suddenly a lot of "sick" people who needed it. I never knew how many sick people lived here until we got the dispensary (which is on my street). There are always several cars parked in front of the dispensary (which is in someone's house).

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    Surprise, surprise. It didn't even make it onto the floor of the house before it was shot down in flames.

    It doesn't really matter. I give it another 5 - 10 years and half the union will be recreationally legal. At that point, Utah might submit.

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    Meanwhile, the house passes a resolution declaring pornography a "public health crisis"...an epidemic as egregious as polio and cholera.

    Exaggerate much?

    Disregard the first amendment, and conveniently forget about that much preached about and highly esteemed concept of...agency.

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    Be careful what you wish for there, boys and girls...legal pot attracts the lowlife bums like flies. We've got a real problem here in Denver...I regret voting for it.

    Funny thing is, I've smoked enough pot in my lifetime to choke a goat. When it became legal, I gleefully purchased some and partook for a short period of time, but soon lost interest in it.

    It was fun when we were teenagers or carefree young adults...we'd ride skateboards around half the night and laugh like idiots. It's different when you've grown up...unless you're hanging out with losers.

    I now honestly believe that anyone who indulges in pot on a regular basis...who isn't sick...has a serious problem. Like an alcoholic.

    Another thing...between people being stoned and fingering their phones, defensive driving around here becomes a fined tuned art.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockgremlin View Post
    It doesn't really matter. I give it another 5 - 10 years and half the union will be recreationally legal. At that point, Utah might submit.
    You mean the same way Utah submitted to gambling? We are now one of only two states (Hawaii is the other) that does not allow some form of gambling.

    Not allowing a lottery is asinine as it's nothing but a voluntary tax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twotimer View Post
    Be careful what you wish for there, boys and girls...legal pot attracts the lowlife bums like flies. We've got a real problem here in Denver...I regret voting for it.
    Denver became a shithole the day liberal California transplants began to out number the natives.... blaming the pot is kind of like blaming wedding cake for a lack of oral sex.

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    LOL. Great points Ice. What was I thinking?

    Picked the appropriate day to respond to this thread. Aside from being the unofficial day for all things mj related, it's also the anniversary of the Columbine shootings and the Oklahoma City bombings.

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    so this was real? I was so certain that the whole state of Utah was oppressed by Mormons that this sort of thing couldn't get passed.

    Unless, in all reality, Utah's Mormon majority religion doesn't really blockade the political vote like all of the poor oppressed people say it does.

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