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Medical Marijuana Defeated by Single Vote in Utah Senate

Photo of Matt Fairbanks, a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in Utah, by Spenser Heaps


Medical Marijuana Defeated by Single Vote in Utah Senate

A bill that would have brought much-needed medicine to patients in Utah was defeated by a 15-14 vote in the Senate yesterday. Sponsored by Senator Mark Madsen, Senate Bill 259, would have allowed those which a number of debilitating conditions to treat themselves with cannabis. Proponents of SB259 have already announced that they will now bring the matter to the voters though a referendum.

The efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Utah went viral last week when a DEA agent Matt Fairbanks testified in front of the Utah Senate (time stamp 58:00) that he had seen “rabbits that had cultivated a taste for the marijuana,” at an illegal marijuana grow.

“One of them refused to leave us, and we took all the marijuana around him, but his natural instincts to run were somehow gone,” Fairbanks testified.

A survey conducted for Libertas Institute and the Drug Policy Project of Utah last month, shows 72 percent of voters polled supported “a policy in Utah that allows medical specialists to recommend cannabis to patients suffering from serious illnesses like cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.”

Last year Utah passed a limited medical CBD-only bill that allows those with severe epilepsy to possess, but not obtain, “hemp extract” oil. Had it passed, SB259 would have established a dispensary system throughout the conservative state.

Do you use cannabis to treat a medical condition? Let us know in the comments below.



  1. Caadfael

    March 12, 2015 at 1:10 am

    “To posess, but not to obtain” … and just how the fuck will you be able to posess it in the first place if you dont obtain it?
    These people have a severe lack of brain… give them a smoke, it may, just may, help them grow a functioning brain cell !!

  2. barry

    March 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I was told by the VA some years ago that I have PTSD and they put me on what grew to 25 scripts for pain, PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, sleep disorder and a few other med problems. I stopped all that crap and started smoking weed it has helped me so much more, with none of the side effects or dangers to my organs.

  3. Jerimiah

    March 11, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    It’s getting really old having a single religion completely control and a run the state. Our country is a republic, our senators and congressmen are supposed to vote based off input from the people they were elected ttyl serve, not their own religious beliefs, moral agenda, or monetary gain. Useless bastards!

    • Angela Bacca

      March 13, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      The Mormon church did not kill the bill, most of its ardent supporters are members of the church. The bill was killed by a doctor, a physician, and a special interest profiteer, Todd Weiler.

  4. marty

    March 11, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I use med Mary Jane it works better then getting physically addicted to opiates everyone here is dying of heroin bad docs man smoke bud eat feel happy booze will kill you

  5. marshal

    March 11, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    So they refuse to help the disabled thats meesed up i bet they didnt even do any research to find how medical cannibis can help these people

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