A recent UtahPolicy poll is a clear message that two-thirds of the state’s citizens want to see legalized medical marijuana.
It will give legislators something to think about at their monthly interim meetings, if not during the May 18special session.
It certainly represents a shift in public opinion.
“I think most people in Utah don’t want legalization for recreational use,” said Rep. Ed Redd of Logan, who is also a physician. “They don’t want what’s happened in Colorado and other states. The science is still evolving but a lot of it is positive about some of the beneficial effects that components of the plant can have on certain disease processes.”
Redd said the challenge is how Utah deals with a schedule one drug like marijuana.
“The question is how to get it to people that need it without causing problems. That’s where a lot of the concern is raised in the legislature and in the medical community.”
It is intended the upcoming special session will deal with Gov. Herbert’s vetoes of some education funding bills and the possibility of another national monument designation in Utah.
“We have interim days on the third Wednesday of every month between the general sessions,” said Rep. Redd. “During those days we have committee meetings and discuss possible legislation for the next year as well as budget issues. It’s a way to get things moving for the next session.”
The special session and the legislature’s interim day will be held on the same day in May.