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Utah AG Open to Legalizing Medical Marijuana

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SALT LAKE CITY – Earlier this week, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff announced that he is cancer-free, and now he's sharing more about how truly awful the battle was for him. He says he now understands why some people use medical marijuana.

Shurtleff shared his experience on Thursday morning's "Doug Wright Show." He said he was so sick while undergoing chemotherapy he couldn't keep anything down.

"Some states haven't had controls, so it becomes kind of a free-for-all," he said. "If you had controls, I don't know why you couldn't do that."

But Utah lawmakers who work on health-related issues say there is no appetite for legalizing medicinal marijuana or even talking about it.

"I would fight it to the death, said Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden, who heads the Health and Human Services Interim Committee. "I think that opens the door to all kinds of misuse and abuse. I'm 110 percent against it."

Shurtleff did not use the drug while undergoing treatment for Stage 3 colon cancer since January. But after becoming severely ill several times, he said he understands why people would turn to marijuana for relief.

When he couldn't keep food down and his anti-nausea pills weren't working, Shurtleff said he gained sympathy for those who seek to ease their pain.

"If you can't keep those down, what do you do? You just suffer," he said.

Shurtleff declared this week that he is cancer-free after undergoing three types of chemotherapy, including one series that caused an adverse reaction in his heart that he says nearly killed him.

Though he didn't use marijuana during his illness, he said he did receive opiates at one point to alleviate the nausea.

"During the worst part of my hospitalization when nothing was staying inside me, they gave me opiates. I was drinking liquid opium every three hours," he said.

Legalizing medicinal marijuana would require action by the Utah Legislature and a legislator willing to carry a bill. Shurtleff didn't rule out approaching a lawmaker with a proposal of his own after further study.

"I think that's a tough sell," said Sen. Dan Liljenquist, R-Bountiful, adding legalization would send "absolutely the wrong message" to young people.

Christensen said the notion might be "kicked around in a lot of places. Utah is not one of those places."

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Porn's legal, alcohol's legal, what message does that send to young people? Do these old farts really think young people are listening to any of their old fart "messages" anyway?
The ongoing ignorance, stupidity, and hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me. What kind of messages are our elected legislators in DC sending to young people when they photograph their penises and send them out? And Mr. Weiner still has his job.......... how about that for a "message to young people" ?


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This is what happens when a group of powerful rednecks control how people can be treated to control there illnesses. Raysdad VOTE FOR JOHNSON IN 2012 :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :bravo:
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