To: Scott Sandall, David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Edward Redd, Curt Webb, Jacob Anderegg, Justin Fawson, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Brad Dee, Mike Schultz, Paul Ray, Curtis Oda, Brad Wilson, Steve Handy, Stewart Barlow, Timothy D. Hawkes, Raymond Ward, Becky Edwards, Doug Sagers, Susan Duckworth, Sandra Hollins, Rebecca Houck, Joel Briscoe, Angela Romero, Mike Kennedy, Brian King, Lee Perry, Fred Cox, Sophia DiCaro, LaVar Christensen, Craig Hall, Johnny Anderson,
Subject: My concerns regarding SB259
Date: Tue Mar 03 15:27:24 MST 2015
While I agree there are medical related reasons for the use of marijuana I am deeply concerned about the way this bill or future bills may address the issue. The manner in which other states such as California, Colorado, Washington and now D.C. and Alaska have implemented their laws are reckless, irresponsible and allow easier and better access to the drug to our children. The way SB 259 is written opens the door for abuse of the laws intent. If we as a state go down this road, safeguards need to be in place to ensure those receiving the drug are actually in need. A simple prescription from a doctor is not enough. We can see by California's example these prescriptions simply get rubber stamped by doctors making money. A panel of experts should be approving any prescriptions to ensure a person is in need. Dispensaries should also be able to be inspected without notice. As I understand it the current bill would require notice to be given. Why would notice be required?
I encourage you to stand up and do this in the right way with the right safeguards in place to ensure it is not abused. Not doing so sends a strong message to our young people that this drug is harmless and ok to abuse. The legalize crowd is using this as a way to open the door for future expansions of legalization. Do it right to help those who may need this but don't allow the recreation crowd to gain an inch.