Legalize Utah, a grassroots organization dedicated to the legalization of medicinal cannabis throughout Utah, sent an e-mail “blast” today, August 26, 2013, which included news, information and excellent online educational materials to each Utah lawmaker.
In response, Senator Curtis Bramble had this to say (from his cell phone, 801-361-5802):
“I have previously responded to you and voiced my strong opposition to your agenda of legalizing marijuana in Utah.
My position is unchanged. I strongly oppose legalizing marijuana in Utah and will continue to do all I can to defeat this proposal should it actually come before the legislature.
On January 12, 2010, this writer published an article entitled "Utah Senator Curt Bramble's Blunder?" about Senator Brambles’ support of an online pharmacy where patients with a valid credit card can obtain prescription medications without being seen by a physician, but rather undergoing an "online consultation", to which Senator Bramble offered the following:
"Your "analysis" of the online pharmacy issue is seems, at best, somewhat misguided. The current situation is that KwikMed is already operating in Utah, and has been with the express approval of the state through a consent agreement entered into by the State of Utah and the company in 2002. When this agreement was signed, it was without legislative action nor was it apparently within the scope of the state agency to do so."
"Historically, online prescribing and dispensing of a very limited list of medications has been occurring in Utah for 8 or 9 years (even before the consent agreement was executed)and as long as the company complies with the agreement, legislatively terminating it would likely result in costly litigation, with little hope of prevailing. "
"Several other companies are now seeking the same ability to prescribe and dispense medications, but have apparently been unwilling to accept the same limited list of medications or the strict guidelines contained in the agreement already in place, yet these same applicants complain of a state sanctioned monopoly for KwikMed."
"The purpose of the proposed legislation is bring accountability, oversight, and consistency with very strict regulations and statutory authority to sanction non-compliant companies, to an arena that already exists in Utah."
"There is no correlation between this and your demands for state sanctioned acceptance of medial marijuana, nor does the current activities of KwikMed nor the proposed regulation have any relation to abuse of other drugs in our state."
"I suspect that this explanation does not fit with your intent to further your medical marijuana agenda, call out legislators that oppose your efforts, nor do I expect that the facts surrounding the current online situation are even relevant to your quest, regardless of how you attempt to spin them. Nonetheless, I thought providing you with better factual context might be worthwhile."
Factual context Senator Bramble? KwikMed is one very effective method of obtaining Viagra as well as other medications without actually being seen by a physician.
The fact is that Senator Bramble supports an online pharmacy where any person with a valid credit card is able to obtain prescription medications without being seen by a physician.
By endorsing such a method of obtaining prescription drugs, Senator Bramble appears to be holding the gate open for Utah citizens to access a number of prescription drugs without proper physician involvement.
By believing that allowing people such access to prescription drugs is not in direct correlation to possible drug abuse, Senator Bramble is not addressing the actual issues of drug addicts, rather than fighting patients who need their medical marijuana.
Senator Bramble appears to be completely lacking in education about the proven benefits of medicinal cannabis. By sending e-mail “blasts” and keeping in contact with Utah representatives, Legalize Utah continues to pursue the ideal of Utah patients who do rely on cannabis for any number of reasons, be allowed to do sue, in a safe and sane manner.
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