A proposal to legalize medical marijuana that’s inching forward in the state Legislature has some Utahns with chronic pain and epilepsy rejoicing, while wary lawmakers say more research is needed to help the state better understand pot’s potential — and its risks.
Utah researchers, for their part, agree.
“I’m a firm supporter of developing the data,” said University of Utah Pediatrics Chairman Ed Clark, “that will help guide policy.”
Even Utah Gov. Gary Herbert last month said he thought more Utah-based research on marijuana is a “good idea.”
But Clark and his colleagues currently can take only baby steps.