Patients, Caregivers, Advocates Show Support for Legalized Medical Marijuana

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (ABC 4 UTAH) - There's a renewed push to get medical marijuana legalized in Utah.  The non-profit "Drug Policy Project of Utah" is made up of patients, caregivers, and advocates who all support medical cannabis use by people with medical conditions who could benefit from it.
 
It's not for recreational use, But one-by-one members of the Drug Policy Project of Utah or DPP of Utah confessed their medical marijuana use.
 
"I've personally found cannabis to be the most effective medicine to deal with my condition without all the bad side effects of prescription medications," said David Jolley who suffers from the effects of acute myeloid leukemia.
 
"I have never figured out what's worse.  My pain or the side effects of these pharmaceuticals," said Jessica Gleim who suffers from neuropathic pain.
 
The current law on the books, is only for epilepsy patients, mostly kids like then, seven year old Issac from Pleasant Grove who has Dravet Syndrome.  It comes with a list of rules before getting the waiver permission to import cannabis oil.  But the DPP of Utah's Lead Technical Writer Erin Brown who also has a master's degree in nutrition says epileptic patients aren't the only ones who could benefit.
 
"Cannabis can be a highly beneficial treatment to side effects of ms, arthritis, Crohn's disease, or other inflammatory bowel conditions, epilepsy and seizure disorders, Alzheimer's and PTSD," said DPP of Utah's Lead Technical Writer Erin Brown.
 
 She cites medical journals and published studies as proof.  Proof they want to send to concerned legislators.
 
"I'm asking our state representatives to include all of us suffering in pain to be included in a medical cannabis program," said Gleim.