A medical marijuana advocate in Utah is speaking out after the state’s medical association downplayed the medicinal value of the marijuana plant, according to a Jan. 19, 2017, article at Good4Utah.com, the website of Salt Lake City’s ABC affiliate.
The Utah Medical Association held a press conference on Jan. 17, 2017, to express frustration with the news media’s use of the phrase “medical marijuana.” The association is not opposed to cannabis-based medicine, but rather to the whole plant being considered medicinal, according to a Jan. 18, 2017, article at DeseretNews.com.
But two days later, a Utah brain tumor patient made her case for medicinal use of cannabis. Christine Stenquist, founder of Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education, or TRUCE, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1996. She described the pain as “horrendous.” She finally found relief with marijuana, which she began using four years ago.
“We’re not saying we want access to this because it’s a cure,” Stenquist said. “But we’re suffering. And we want our side effects from our diseases, our conditions and our illnesses to subside enough so we have a better quality of life. What is wrong with a better quality of life?”
The Utah Medical Association press conference was held against a timely legislative backdrop. Five medical marijuana bills have been sponsored for the 2017 session of the Utah State Legislature.