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0000017c-db5f-dc30-a1fe-df5fc5090000RadioWest and KUER News have been covering the debate around medical marijuana in Utah. We've spoken with journalists and researchers as well as proponents and opponents to Utah's Proposition 2. Stay tuned for more conversations as you prepare to vote in November.

Medical Marijuana In Utah: Proponents Make Their Case

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Wednesday, proponents of medical cannabis in Utah join us to make their case. They say medical marijuana is a low-risk treatment for Utahns suffering serious illness, and that it will curb the use of narcotics.

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We heard last week from LDS Church officials who say a proposal to legalize medical marijuana here is too permissive. They worry it will lead to recreational use. But the people behind the initiative say it is one of the most conservative medical marijuana laws in the country. They say medical marijuana is a low-risk treatment for Utahns suffering serious illness, and that it will help curb the use of narcotics. A panel of guests joins us Wednesday to make the case for medical cannabis in Utah.

GUESTS

  • Connor Boyack is the president of the Libertas Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Utah that is lobbying for Utah's medical marijuana measure.
  • Christine Stenquist is the president and a co-founder of Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE), a group lobbying for medical cannabis in Utah.
  • Dr. Dan Cottam is a bariatric surgeon lisenced to practie in Utah and Nevada. He is a proponent of medical cannabis.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.