It’s 3 a.m. and Corey Ellis can’t sleep. He’s supposed to be on the road in a few hours, but the chronic pain in his hands and feet are bothering him. On this night, there’s another thing keeping him awake: anxiety.
Medical cannabis products could be ready to sell to Utah patients as soon as January 1, 2020, if all goes according to plan, state officials told lawmakers on the Health and Human Services Interim Committee Wednesday.
Representatives from Intermountain Healthcare announced today that staff in their hospitals can now endorse the use of medical cannabis, the first health system in the state to take that step since the Utah Medical Cannabis Act was passed in December.
The state legislature passed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act last week. State agencies are already taking first steps to lay the groundwork for the law despite several lawsuits attempting to undo the compromise between cannabis advocates and elected officials.
Dawn Nunn’s teenage son Alex died in August after he suffered a seizure. Nunn told a Utah legislative panel on Monday that Alex, who had autism, may have lived if he had been able to use medical cannabis under a voter-approved ballot proposition to expand access to the drug.
Two patient advocacy groups are threatening a lawsuit over The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ involvement in the Utah Legislature’s planned special session to change the state’s medical cannabis laws.
Updated 4:45 p.m. MST 11/9/18 Utah voters have approved a ballot initiative on medical marijuana, following a trend nationwide to relax laws targeting the drug, which is still illegal under federal statute.
Utahns will begin voting on three citizen-led initiatives when ballots start hitting mailboxes soon. This week, we’re bringing you stories of voices behind the initiatives—people who could be directly affected if they pass. The following story focuses on one person in support of Proposition 2, which would broaden access to medical marijuana in Utah.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is doubling down on their opposition to a citizen-led initiative expanding access to medical marijuana. In a statement released Friday, a church spokesperson wrote that the initiative raises “grave concerns” and that “the negative effects of marijuana are well-known.”