Redd expresses concerns on medical marijuana initiative

LOGAN – After holding 10 public meetings across the state and meeting with various state departments and stakeholders, Utah Patients Coalition will now proceed to collect the more that 113,000 required signatures to place donor-approved access to medical cannabis on the ballot for Utah voters to approve in November 2018.

This is causing concern for Republican State Representative Ed Redd, who is a physician by occupation.

“If you tell people in your public messaging that something is safe, that it is good for your health, that it cures cancer and whatever else people claim it does, then what do the kids think?” he said. “They’ll think, ‘This is a harmless thing. It’s not going to hurt me to try it at this party I’m going to Friday night. Everybody uses this to treat diseases and it helps people get better.’ If that’s the message people get then you have a bunch of kids getting exposed to cannabis. Maybe not with high cannabidiol content, but low cannabidiol content and high THC content. They end up becoming psychologically dependent on this and becoming long-term users.”

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Redd said his biggest concern is that this initiative could actually be an attempt to later legalize marijuana for recreation use. He said the wording should make sure that does not happen and he’s not sure the wording on this initiative takes care of that.

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