NORTH SALT LAKE– Persons who look around the community this coming week may see a sign inviting them to sign the Medical Cannabis Petition for Utah. The petitions are being circulated in an effort to acquire enough signatures to put the “Utah Medical Cannabis Act”, on the 2018 Utah ballot.
Utahpatients.org feels that having this act on the ballot is important so that all Utah residents will be able to vote their conscience regarding the legalization of medical cannabis here.
There is an emphasis on the word ‘medical’ because if this measure passes, Utahns will be able to have cannabis prescribed by a physician for many conditions that are particularly responsive to the many biological components found in cannabis.
The bill would not allow for recreational use within Utah. The entire Utah Medical Cannabis Act may be read online at https://www.utahpatients.org. Only the conditions listed in the act will be eligible for treatment with cannabis.
At present there are many legal prescription drugs that are easily obtained by prescription, but many of those have adverse effects and many do not effectively manage the conditions that they are prescribed to resolve.
Pain medications are particularly suspect as ones that may not help the patient but instead may result in serious side effects, such as addiction. Cannabis has been noted as an alternative medication that may resolve pain and not compound other problems.
It has been argued that some patients who are addicted to opiates may be relieved from those addictions with Cannabis. Cannabis has been shown to help with side effects of chemo-therapy for cancer.
It has been demonstrated as an effective medicine for seizures. PTSD is another condition where Cannabis has been used to successfully reduce symptoms. The list of conditions that respond to Cannabis is lengthy.
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