Our reaction is a little more than the “mixed” noted in the headlines….

We see little in these bills which seems in any way to be a productive step. While presented “as dipping a very small toe in the water,” by Rep. Daw – our reading of these flawed, inadequate measures leads us to strongly doubt that this “very small toe” would ever even get damp.

That is, just as with Rep. Daw’s and Sen. Vickers’ unenacted SB89 in 2016 (the “torpedo bill” designed to prevent SB73 from passing) and 2017’s SB211, our analysis shows that the provisions are not only far less than optimal, there is a disturbing pattern running across their proposal….

…I.e., none of the major bills they’ve offered over the last three years would likely ever even be implemented in the first place because of structural flaws – flaws which people experienced in medicinal cannabis as implemented in many states can see from miles away.

For example, not mentioned in the article (so much wrong and so little space to explain it in), in the “right to try bill,” doctors are expected to go and retrieve any unused cannabis medicine after the terminally ill patients die.

This is not the way any physician wants to spend her or his time, and in terms of their licenses and DEA numbers, many would likely either get doctors in legal trouble, or at the least strongly discourage them from offering further treatment with such kludgy schemes.

In any event, TRUCE’s own Justin Arriola is quoted extensively on this aspect in the article and his remarks are well worth your time, as are other parts this feature article.

And we could go on if we had the space.

This is what can be expected when the sponsors of “cannabinoid” legislation have no intention of helping the state move toward anything even slightly resembling the kind of medical program a) the overwhelming majority of the sizable body of evidence justifies and b) which the overwhelming majority of Utahns favor.

Period. Now. With no further study needed to get things in actual motion. And for all suitable patients – not just a tiny hypothetical handful (at most).

Enough games and subterfuges.

So frankly, we feel it needs to be made clear to the public that by their words and deeds, these legislators are not the “careful reformers” they keep claiming to be – rather gadflies with whatever other motives – constantly confusing the issue and throwing up (unworkable) symbolic gestures to distract the public from the viable proposal on the table for, i.e., the Initiative.

Bottom line, their actions consistently have only the effect of denying or at least delaying reform for as long as possible.

To let your legislators know how YOU feel, you can find who represents you and how to contact them here: http://ift.tt/2mbMCJm

And these aren’t the only bills in or about to go in the hopper which are raising the hackles of advocates and scientists.

#MMJ #HB195 #HB197 #Daw #UTpol #UTleg #TheBee #UtahNext #TRUCE    

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