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Utah Attorney General Tempted To Use Medical Marijuana


marijuana medicineUtah AG “Tempted” to Use Medical Marijuana

In an interview Wednesday, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said that he had been tempted to use medical marijuana while undergoing treatment for cancer. He cited many of the reasons other medical marijuana patients do for wanting to use this treatment, including intense pain and being unable to keep anti-nausea medication down long enough for it to work. Unfortunately, medical marijuana is not legal in Utah, so Shurtleff was unwilling to use it, even when offered it by a friend.

This experience apparently taught Shurtleff why people would want to use this medicine. He even said that with the proper controls he would support a medical marijuana program in Utah, so that others in his situation wouldn’t have to choose between obeying the law and relieving their suffering. Hopefully, this will be a small step toward enacting such a bill.

Under current state law, Utah residents can be jailed for six months and fined $1,000 for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Sale of any amount nets a sentence of up to five years and a $5,000 fine.

While Shurtleff is to be commended for his change of heart, it is unfortunate that he had to go through such a horrible experience to finally see the necessity for medical marijuana access and patient protections. Our leaders shouldn’t have to feel the pain that patients feel to treat them with compassion.


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  1. Gradi Jordan on

    Just came across this blog and wanted to thank those patients who really do need the benefits of medicinal cannabis. Hope you are feeling better. Also wanted to say thank you for not utilizing my logo – Legalize Utah is still very active, near and dear to my heart.

    Thank you and much PEACE from SLC

  2. It’s sad some people need to get cancer in order to realize they may be wrong.
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  3. I am in stage 2 of Multiple Myeloma and living in Salt Lake City. I am having the usual nausea, vomiting, and the other issues regarding chemotherapy, I have found that if I use the cannibas for certain side effects has reduced my other medicine by 25%. The cannabis is suppressing if not relieving the nausea, vomiting issues. It also is reducing the intake of the opiotes about 50%. The pain is so much more managed and without the side effects of the Morphine and Lortab. I have no more itching issues along with extreme drowsiness caused by the opiates. I am a very young 52 and addiction is a concern due to the prognosis of up to 10 years. I would love to have an avenue to legally obtain and possess something that is so benificial and increases my quality of life 3 fold. How can that be illegal? I have blogged to a site http://cancerandnutritionaldiets.com regarding my medicine maintanance resime. Is there something I can do? Help

  4. As long as you’re on our side.Gradi is the founder of Legalize Utah…she has gotten farther than anyone ever has in Utah.

  5. Haha i had it attached to an amail a long time ago. It was someones myspace profile pic if i remember right. we would be happy to link to something for credit. Thats great tho

  6. Good article….but who is John Green and where did he get my friend Gradi Jordan’s Legalize Utah logo?

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