Utah lawmakers discuss proposal to allow medical marijuana for epileptic children
This past November, members of the Utah Health and Human Services and Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committees held preliminary discussions on a proposal to allow families to obtain marijuana low in THC in order to treat their epileptic children. The idea was received warmly and convinced Sen. Allen Christensen (R – North Ogden) to become a Senate sponsor.
Rep. Gage Froerer (R – Huntsville) brought the idea to the committees and has pledged to carry a narrowly crafted bill in 2014. With support for medical marijuana polling at 61% among Utah voters, it seems silly to not act on this proposal. Email your state representatives and ask them to support this sensible and incredibly narrow proposal.
While Utah lawmakers consider narrow proposals, adults 21 and older in neighboring Colorado can now legally purchase marijuana at registered stores and use it in the privacy of their own home. Please remember that it is still illegal to possess and use marijuana in Utah, but that doesn’t have to always be the case. It’s time Utah considers ending the big-government policy that is marijuana prohibition, allowing law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes.
If you are a patient, a medical professional, a law enforcement official, or a clergy member, please email email@example.com to see how you can be of special help in future efforts to get sensible marijuana legislation introduced in Utah.
Utah's current marijuana laws
Under current Utah law, possession of as little as an ounce or less of marijuana can result in a six-month jail sentence. Unfortunately, minority and low-income communities in Utah bear the brunt of this draconian punishment. The ACLU recently found that black Utahans are over three and three-quarters times as likely to get arrested for marijuana possession than their white neighbors. Write your legislators and ask that they introduce legislation to end Utah’s marijuana prohibition. For more information on Utah's marijuana laws, please see Dr. Jon Gettman, Ph.D.'s Utah-specific state report.
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