Rep. Potter does not want to see recreational marijuana in Utah

FILE - In this June 17, 2015, file photo, marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

“It’s time to study the benefits of medical marijuana.” 

That statement was made Monday by U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. A Cache Valley lawmaker, Republican State Representative Val Potter from District 3, says he disagrees with Utah’s senior Senator.

“We put a half-a-million-dollars into research last year into medical marijuana,” Potter exclaims. “I think that’s a great thing. I think it should be researched and there are aspects of marijuana that clearly will benefit people.

“But just to open it up to medical use and then within a couple of years go to recreational, which has happened in so many other states, I have issues with that. I don’t want to see recreational use of marijuana openly in Utah.”

Potter says he expects to see several different initiatives on the 2018 ballot on the matter.

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