Boy, it’s hard enough to get a drink in Utah, but legalizing medical marijuana? Well, The Salt Lake Tribune is stating the case in a series of articles on the growing medical-migration trend. It’s not that people are moving to get high, but rather to control seizures and manage pain from cancer and other dire health concerns. Colorado appears to be the big beneficiary of “medical refugees” from Utah. While it’s hard to argue that a child with uncontrollable seizures should be denied cannabis, the Sutherland Institute’s Paul Mero can wax eloquent on almost any “moral” issue. Mero admits to smoking pot as a young man, but he doesn’t like the idea of legalization and calls the whole thing juvenile. “My guess is that reasonable and responsible people can address those situations one by one without granting wholesale justifications for people to exercise diminished capacities.” How? By buying it off the street?
Bridge Over Salty Waters
It’s interesting how we treat one of the natural wonders of the world as an unwanted stepchild. This is the Great Salt Lake—smelly, buggy, mercurial in its flow, and home to migratory birds and a brine shrimp industry. Union Pacific Railroad wants to build a bridge in place of a sinking culvert—now. Even though the situation is 50 years in the making, UP thinks it’s now an emergency. The causeway allows some mixing of the salty north with the not-so-saline south arm, but no studies have been done on the effects of a new bridge, and that leaves everyone scratching their heads. Friends of the Great Salt Lake is asking for more study and better assurances that equilibrium will be maintained. That’s reasonable.