Coming Soon To Utah Liquor Stores: Cannabis Oils?

UTAH:  A state senator who co-sponsored the bill legalizing the possession of cannabis extracts to treat children with epilepsy is considering ways to make it easier for Utah parents to get the oils, including potentially making them available at state liquor stores.

Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, says the problem parents face now is that it is still technically illegal under federal law for them to possess or transport the oils, which are extracts from marijuana plants high in a chemical called cannabidiol (CBD) but with almost all of the psychotropic ingredient THC removed.

 Many Utah parents plan to drive to — or import the oils from — neighboring Colorado.

The federal government has stated it doesn’t plan to crack down on those complying with state law. But, Urquhart says, rather than expose these parents to possible action by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, he would consider having the state import the oils and make them available at liquor stores across Utah.

 

Utah Lawmakers Send Cannabis-Oil Bill To The House

UTAH:  A bill that would give Utah children with epilepsy access to a non-intoxicating, seizure-stopping cannabis oil cleared its first legislative hurdle Friday.

The House Law Enforcement Committee voted 8-2 to send a substitute version of HB105 to the House floor, despite lawmakers’ concerns that the oil hasn’t been tested by the Food and Drug Administration to know if it’s safe or works.

“This is a really tough decision … I understand your plight. I would do anything to help my child,” said Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, to the more than half-dozen parents who testified in favor of the bill. “But this is a bad position for the Legislature to be in, to overrule doctors and people more qualified than we are.”

Cannabis Extract Bill May Run Into Constitutional Problems

UTAH:  It’s hard enough to get conservative Utah legislators to vote for any bill that may be connected with marijuana or hemp.

But put on a negative constitutional note, and the challenge becomes greater.

Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, has HB105, a bill that would allow Utahns to purchase a liquid extract of hemp, a grass product used to make rope, and in some cases has marijuana-like chemicals.

Froerer told UtahPolicy that he started out earlier this year trying to help out epileptic children, who, various studies find can be helped with the hemp extract oil.

But since he’s gone public with his efforts, he’s been getting letters and emails from post-18-year-olds from around the country testifying that they, too, have found aid with the hemp extract.

Cannabis Extract Bill May Run Into Constitutional Problems

UTAH:  It’s hard enough to get conservative Utah legislators to vote for any bill that may be connected with marijuana or hemp.

But put on a negative constitutional note, and the challenge becomes greater.

Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, has HB105, a bill that would allow Utahns to purchase a liquid extract of hemp, a grass product used to make rope, and in some cases has marijuana-like chemicals.

Froerer told UtahPolicy that he started out earlier this year trying to help out epileptic children, who, various studies find can be helped with the hemp extract oil.

But since he’s gone public with his efforts, he’s been getting letters and emails from post-18-year-olds from around the country testifying that they, too, have found aid with the hemp extract.

Bill Would OK Use Of Cannabis Supplements In Utah

UTAH: Makers of “hemp supplements” would be free to ship to Utah buyers their extracts, oils and pills — at least, the kind that can’t get people high — under soon-to-be-released legislation.

Hemp, marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin used to make rope, lotions, textiles and food products, is already freely available (with no restrictions or age limits) at retailers throughout the state.

But the nation’s patchwork of marijuana laws prohibits medical marijuana producers from shipping across state lines — a hurdle that Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, has promised to address.

Froerer, the lawmaker who once pushed a ban on synthetic marijuana, or spice, was moved by the plight of parents of children with epilepsy.

 

Bill Would OK Use Of Cannabis Supplements In Utah

UTAH: Makers of “hemp supplements” would be free to ship to Utah buyers their extracts, oils and pills — at least, the kind that can’t get people high — under soon-to-be-released legislation.

Hemp, marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin used to make rope, lotions, textiles and food products, is already freely available (with no restrictions or age limits) at retailers throughout the state.

But the nation’s patchwork of marijuana laws prohibits medical marijuana producers from shipping across state lines — a hurdle that Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, has promised to address.

Froerer, the lawmaker who once pushed a ban on synthetic marijuana, or spice, was moved by the plight of parents of children with epilepsy.