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Very proposition requires the destruction of those records and then 60 days. We think it’s wholly inappropriate . There is a better way to a better solution to do this .
If this is about medicinal marijuana what’s wrong with having a pharmacy 300 feet away from a schoolyard or a church or a residential area.
Wealthy appropriate safeguards are put in place as were suggesting then that , that’s a great discussion point is terms of how we do this appropriately. If it is dispensed through pharmacy for his doctor prescribed in the safeguards are in place and it’s a different function obviously then if it’s a separate dispensary apart shop as I understand , some people call it that set up primarily for only this purpose within 6 hundred feet of the school to 300 feet of a residential area . So I think once again those are community considerations . People need to understand they can make up their own decisions on what that means to them individually use but I’m not sure a lot of people would want those dispensaries are those parts shops within their proximity , even if they were only medicinal well if they’re connected to a pharmacy , etc . Obviously , it may be something that most locals would be quite careful but but this on their own . I think it’s a different question for most .
As you know it. That’s impossible it they cannot be connected to a pharmacy , because it’s a federal law against it . So that’s an impossible request that this cannot be prescribed it because of the federal law . So are you suggesting that that’s a major obstacle for you that until the federal government finally signs off on this . The Church will not because you’ve you’ve said it should be prescribed . They should be in pharmacies . But they can’t be right now . It’s against the federal law . That’s not going to happen . So are you saying that you will , you will not support this initiative or this effort until the federal law is .
You just make a superb point , let me let me read the entire statement that we send out in the spirit of compromise and we put the bar high. Yeah that’s high , that’s how yeah we understand where the bar is , but we’re also willing to look at all other reasonable alternatives that control the distribution for just those seeking medical relief and that’s really the essence of what we’re saying . If that is .
You think he’d be willing to compromise. Well , clearly . Okay , sure . Well , clearly . Okay . Yeah , that’s a , that’s an important point , I think , I mean right now , very significant . Unfortunately it’s been lost a little bit the camps , but you guys keep saying prescribed it should come from a pharmacy . But if you’re willing to compromise maybe back off on that a little bit . Do you know if you lose .
There’s learn nothing more today. Doug than just that .
We did the right thing. Yeah I bet you to IUU sexual partners said again in a spirit of compromise . Okay . We want to look at this way , a coalition is formed with the AMA with law enforcement with citizens and patients . We want all those folks to come together and say this is how they should work . What .
Yeah , it’s his right , can I add something here that you , we talked about the safety in the community and again this issue of compromise and going forward , we would be really quite foolish if we didn’t learn from my neighbors who are passed similar type of legislation. We need to learn from their mistakes learn what works well and what hasn’t worked well what does that actually had negative influences a negative impacts on their communities that were unintended . That’s what we’re asking really our coalition our elected officials to do come together learn what works and what hasn’t worked so that we don’t have unintended consequences upon our children and families here in our state .
So there is a rebuttal issued by the Paredes , this is one of the proponents of Proposition 2 of the organization and they’ve responded to this idea that this allows minors to use medical marijuana. The concerns there by mentioning that in Colorado . The rate of cannabis consumption among adolescents has not changed since legalization either in terms of in this is language provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment hasn’t changed either in terms of the number of people or the frequency of use among users . How are you responding to that this is one of those consequences that I know you’re worried about . So what do you make of of of that .
I’ll cater that that same Department of Health there in Colorado , also reports that traffic accidents related to marijuana in the 3 years prior to the they their initiative passing we’re about at 6 and 6.5 percent or so the 3 years after that initiative was passed it went up it doubled. So there was an adverse effect . They’re on their on their population can I just wanna .
I’m to get this on the record there was a study from Columbia University School of Public Health in New York that looked at whether legalizing medical marijuana had an effect on traffic fatalities , the study’s lead author found , said the findings were unexpected , but he said states that have legalized marijuana actually seen a decrease in traffic deaths and 11% average decrease , I mean that’s significant. Well , Doug , I think so . You’re gonna have to contend with a lot of other statistic .
Well , and this is why it’s all important people come to understand the proposition come understand the facts around the proposition we can take creative facts if you will or data. You know it’s really important to look at when what the foundation is when they started and how you measure that . Because here’s the facts as reported by Colorado there was a 26% increase in teen usage of marijuana 3 years following their medical marijuana initiative passing . Now the reason that’s so important to remember in Colorado they initially started with the medical marijuana initially and then move to a recreational marijuana . This is the thing you’re worried about well but but it’s factually important understand these nuances speakers . If you get a significant rise and then once we open at recreational marijuana you didn’t see much movement . We need to focus on the 26% increase in teen usage . That’s just Mrs. points . The National Highway Transportation Safety Board , an arm of the federal government that has done this analysis concluded that marijuana-related traffic traffic deaths in Colorado doubled after this was authorized in their marijuana related hospitalizations increased 66% , that’s a very significant increase . So we need to go back to the sources of the data in probe a little further and say , wait a minute let’s look at the data apples to apples and really bring to the attention of Utah and what the potential adverse consequences .
This is , this is the obvious , but the discussion or the debate on true medical marijuana. We believe we’ve stated in favor of we’ve got to find the right and safe way to address that . There are other consequences . We , the reason the coalition came together is to study that and bring forward proposals to us . Well , we would , we do invite people to do is to read the 28 pages and you’re going to see things that are not medical marijuana related . They cause us greater concern than just whether medical marijuana causes what consequence we expect the experts to help us identify but were in favor of looking for solutions .
The to Craig’s seek Christensen , he’s a member of the corner of the 70 and president of the Utah area for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints also with us sister , Lisa L Harkness , who is first counselor in the primary general presidency and elder Jack N Gerard who’s a member of the quorum of the take another break and come back in a moment you’re listening to Radio West. Thank you .
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This is really a Western diet for breezy out taking the program , we’re hearing from representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints about the issue of medical marijuana. We have with us elder Craig’s seat Christensen , he’s a member of the quorum of the 70 and president of the Utah area we have with us sister , Lisa L Harkness , the first counselor in the primary general presidency and elder Jack N Gerard , he’s a member of the quorum of the 70 .
What does a medical marijuana law. What does that look like take the Chrome our family and Holden . They want to be able to go to a dispensary and get some medical marijuana for their son , who’s suffering from this .