Utah State Senate has defeated its medical marijuana bill 15-14. Senators are apparently sympathetic to those who could benefit from the drug, but they have said that the issue needs further research before they can put it into place.
Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, who sponsored the bill said, “I’m disheartened by the fear that seems to be the underlying theme of the opposition.” On Monday, he said to the press that he thought the votes were there to pass the bill, but assured reporters he would re-introduce the bill if that didn’t prove to be the case. “I’ll keep at it as long as I’m here,” he said.
The bill included 9 illnesses that could justify a prescription, including PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease, Chron’s disease, glaucoma, cancer, chronic pain and multiple sclerosis.
A recent study has been conducted in Utah that states that 72% of people believe that Utah doctors should be able to recommend marijuana to patients who suffer from serious health conditions or other ailments. A lot of people across every demographic group support medical marijuana, including 66% of Republicans, 67% of Mormons and even 64% of those who are 65 years and over.