Former White House adviser in Utah to discuss marijuana access

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SALT LAKE CITY – A former White House drug adviser was in Utah Friday night to talk about what he calls the dangers of legalized marijuana, and he also spoke about efforts in Utah to give children who suffer from seizures access to a strain of cannabis oil that may help treat their condition.

Doctor Kevin Sabet’s visit comes the day after FOX 13 News’ Gene Kennedy brought us the story of a Utah family who uprooted their lives and moved to Colorado in an effort to get an oil made from marijuana plants that could help with their son's seizures.

While speaking at Friday’s conference, Sabet said legal pot is the new big tobacco, and he said there are dangers there.

"Today's weed is not your Woodstock weed of the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s or ‘80s,” he said. “It is five to seven times more potent."

But Sabet said he isn’t opposed to medicinal applications for children facing seizures.

"I am in favor of that if we could find a way to do it,” he said.

David and Mandi Cromar moved from Utah to Colorado to get access to the oil for their son. Stories like theirs are the reason Utah State Rep. Gage Froerer, R-District 8, has written a bill that would allow for access to the oil in Utah.

"What this does is it gives the parents, the families in the state that have children with epilepsy, the ability to apply for a waiver so that they're not held liable under the state law for possession of this hemp extract,” Froerer said.

Sabet told FOX 13 News such a bill would conflict with federal law, but he said that doesn’t mean parents are without recourse.

“It is unconstitutional because marijuana is illegal,” he said. “These parents should enroll in a federal research program that exists today. It’s called an FDA IND program, and that program will get them what they want. I think this bill is grandstanding.”

However, others, like officials with the group Hope for Children with Epilepsy, said the program Sabet mentioned is not currently available in Utah and is limited to a certain number of children.


  • caliboss

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    Big 2 weeks for marijuana, perry, jindel, alaska, florida, new york, DC, obama, super bowl, hemp bill, uruguay nobel peace nomination (should be cali’s, 20 years ahead), long live freedom

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, and 2016 elections

    20 years behind us southern states and , sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not one southern state, wow, i gave you 20 years now i’m taking over
    love and freedom forever


  • AntiIgnorant

    Marijuana is safer than alcohol or pharmaceuticals. Tylenol is more dangerous and you don’t even need a prescription for that. This debate is ridiculous.

    Alcohol and Pharmaceuticals legal and Pot illegal = TOTAL HYPOCRISY

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