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Re: “Puff, Puff, Pass?

Dylan, that's a nice article...except your headline is very misleading.
There's no smoking of cannabis allowed under this initiative. No home growing. Like Erin Madsen said, it's a very restrictive, tightly controlled program. Your article helps, but the headline gives the wrong impression and leads people to believe this law is for recreational adult use.
Nothing could be further from the truth.

Posted by Doug Rice on 06/27/2017 at 11:29 PM

Re: “Liquor, Weed and More

The studies Dr Shiozawa hopes would start within the year will be hopelessly bogged down in federal red tape. The average time to get federally approved for a cannabis study is 2 to 5 years, and MUST use the only federally-approved cannabis source in the country- a weed farm at University of Mississippi. By today's standards, it's ditch weed. Also, 100 people in 3 research studies hardly gives an acceptable number of patients to consider the research reliable.
In the meantime, Brad Daw's crappy bill says it'll be okay to transport cannabis across our state line, as long as it is done so according to federal standard. The federal law says NO cannabis can be transported across state lines, so Daw just threw state control back to the feds.
Way to go, guys...way to go.

Posted by Doug Rice on 01/31/2017 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Gone to Pot

I applaud Dr. Shiozawa for his effort to provide relief alongside research. But the number of patients that would be in the study group may not provide the numbers that researchers are looking for, unless the research were to be greatly expanded; in addition, Dr Shiozawa's bill, like several others, was turned down for support by the Health and Human Services Committee in the Utah House.
Sadly, his bill may be trampled by a bill being offered by the chair of that committee, Brad Daw. Daw's bill is a poorly written "vendor bill", creating a position of "Cannabis Payment Provider", for a lucky company that would be the sole processor of any transactions IF a Utah cannabis program were to ever be created. Oddly enough, there happens to be a former state representative that works for such a company.
The same payment processing system, word for word, is also within the bill presented by Sen. Evan Vickers, who happens to be a pharmacist in southern Utah. But in addition to a payment processor clause, Vickers has created a job niche for his fellow pharmacists, by requiring a pharmacist be employed on staff for every dispensary.
A combination of Shiozawa's and Gage Froerer's bill may hold hope for suffering patients, but I doubt it has little chance of passing.
It may take years to get past the blinders being worn by many or our legislators. The studies are out there, spending 10 minutes with Google will prove that. In the meantime, patients are still prevented from accessing a viable option for numerous ailments, from cancer to epilepsy.

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Posted by Doug Rice on 01/09/2017 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Q&A with art activist Cat Palmer

Cat is an awesome person! I'm glad to see her get some well-deserved recognition!

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Posted by Doug Rice on 12/21/2016 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Bite Me, Carl

Screw Carls Jr. and their trademark.
Apollo not only makes a better burger, they have gyros.
And Baklava.

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Posted by Doug Rice on 11/29/2016 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Living in Utah, crashing into the Great Salt Lake and WHAT?

Interesting how the Des News seems to have the scoop on an alternative universe, where people keep crashing in the lake and require the National Guard to haul them out.
I was a firefighter for decades, and the area I covered included I-80 on the south end of the lake. In the time I worked out there, not once did I require help from the National Guard to help a patient. All I can figure is those Syracuse residents are getting hopped up on their dirty Diet Coke and crashing off the Antelope Island Causeway and being stuck under water.... wait, the water is so low they'd just land in the dirt.
Never mind.

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Posted by Doug Rice on 09/08/2016 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Bohemian Rhapsody

Stop telling people what a great place this is.
It's tough enough to get a seat now, much less if others start invading my favorite brewpub.

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Posted by Doug Rice on 08/29/2016 at 12:46 PM

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