House District 4 candidates reveal thoughts on medical marijuana act

LOGAN – Questions ranging from handling growth to relieving traffic congestion to supporting the so-called Utah Medical Cannabis Act were directed at the two local candidates at a debate hosted by the Cache County Republican Party Thursday evening.

The candidates, both hoping to represent Logan’s House District 4, were Greg Merrill, a business owner and current member of the Cache County Council, and Dan Johnson, a well-known educator who recently retired.

When asked how he feels about Medical Marijuana, Merrill said the law would have to be written in a certain way for him to support it.

“First of all it has to be prescribed by a medical doctor,” he said. “Second, the prescription has to go through a pharmacist and third, the growth of marijuana has to be controlled with an oversight by the state of Utah. The initiative of medical marijuana that is coming before us is 28 pages long and everybody I have talked to that has read the 28 pages says it is not what you think it is. It is opening the door for recreational marijuana.”

Johnson said that after reading all 28 pages explaining the Act his answer is a firm “no.”

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