October was a very busy month here at the Drug Policy Project of Utah. Here are the highlights from October:
1) Utah will have two cannabis-related bills to consider.
At Interim Session on October 21st Representative Brad Daw (R-Orem) and Senator Evan Vickers (R-Cedar City) present a piece of legislation that the media has reported on as a medical cannabis bill. Make no mistake, this is not a medical cannabis program it is merely an expansion of the existing CBD-only program. For more in-depth summary, please see our October 22 press release posted earlier on our website.
Senator Mark Madsen also presented about his piece of legislation that would create whole plant access. We endorsed and supported Senate Bill 259 earlier this year that ultimately failed in the State Senate. We've been working with Senator Madsen to make improvements to the legislation.
2) Legislators have a lot of misinformation.
On October 28th we attended a packed pizza/cookie meeting at Weber State College the last week in October. The Olene Walker Institute sponsored this event that featured Rep./Dr. Redd, Rep. Paul Ray, Rep. Gage Froerer, and Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck. There were a number of mistruths reported by these legislators. Unfortunately none of these representatives saw a full medical cannabis bill passing this coming year. There continues to be 70-80% support from the citizens to pass a medical cannabis bill.