Redd: medical marijuana bill could be complicated

FILE - A marijuana extract product referred to as "butane honey oil" is displayed for the photographer near dried buds in jars during the grand opening of the Seattle location of the Northwest Cannabis Market, for sales of medical marijuana products, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

If a bill comes up regarding medical marijuana during the new session of the Utah legislature a local lawmaker is expected to play an important role in determining whether or not legalizing marijuana is an acceptable outcome.

District 4 State Rep. Ed Redd, who is a physician by profession, says he has done extensive research and determined that in some cases marijuana might have a medical benefit when used for serious conditions such as chronic pain and epilepsy.

Prior to the start of the session Dr. Redd said he has mixed feelings about just what would be contained in a bill.

“My concern is that trying to sort out those people from people who want to use recreationally,” Redd said, “and come in to the office and basically study up on some disease process. (They) tell them their symptoms and say they need marijuana. To me that’s a problem.

“If you’re trying to help a small group of people then there is another group that wants to use it for other reasons. That is where the conflict comes into place.”

Although it will be a complicated procedure he believes there is a good chance lawmakers will come up with an acceptable bill.

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