A Utah senator pushing to legalize medical marijuana has brought in former University of Utah head football Coach Ron McBride to speak in support of the proposal.
McBride said his grandson has autism and would benefit greatly from medical marijuana. He said this proposal is needed in Utah.
“It’s just stupidity if you don’t pass this bill,” McBride said.
The plan by Republican Sen. Mark Madsen of Eagle Mountain would allow those with chronic conditions to consume edible pot products.
It will come up for a vote on Friday, but it could face a steep challenge given that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opposes the plan. Most Utah lawmakers are members of the church.
Utah should join more than 20 other states that have passed medical marijuana programs and give its citizens the freedom to alleviate their pain, Madsen said. He introduced a similar proposal last year that ultimately died.
A dueling proposal is also expected to come up for a vote on Friday. It would not allow THC consumption and would restrict patients’ applicable ailments. The…