An honest response to a tough question? What does Utah House of Representatives Brian Greene (representing District 57 - click here for Demographic Profile for
“I appreciate the information that you provide to me and other Legislators from time to time. However, it is unclear from your questionable tactics what you are trying to accomplish. Is your gaol (his spelling) to legalize marijuana for medical purposes or for recreational use?
Do you advocate the legalization of all drugs?
Or are you merely using this forum as a platform for attacking conservative legislators?
I'm truly not being facetious here, I am honestly trying to understand your motives.
By "questionable tactics" I am specifically referring to your tendency to personally attack those that you believe don't agree with your cause.
For instance, you made some uncomplimentary statements about me earlier this year after I responded to your survey regarding legalization of medical marijuana.
Frankly, I was both surprised and irritated by your comments based on the answers I provided. You either clearly didn't carefully review my answers, or you consider all Republicans fair game for snarky criticism.
Take a look at my survey answers again and I think that you will understanding my confusion, as my answers were both honest and supportive of the medical use of marijuana.
In closing, let me leave you with this advice: Republican legislators are not going to be "shamed" into supporting the legalization of marijuana for any purpose.
If your primary objective is to advocate for medical use only, you should narrow your focus to that issue and provide scientific/medical research to support it.
If your objective is to advocate for the legalization of all drugs, you are wasting you time; and your tactics are only alienating you from the majority of legislators.
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
Utah House of Representatives
Utah County - District 57
Response to Utah Representative Brian Green (supportive of Medical Marijuana?)
August 26, 2013
Please let me first start with thanking you for such a respectful response. After so many no’s and being bullied and called names for supporting a simple herb that can possible cure cancer, treat various symptoms and diseases, well I could go on and on.
I thoroughly reviewed your response myself this time and am in complete agreement. Our group is dedicated to the legalization of cannabis (and hemp for agricultural applications) as we know the benefits are well proven.
We do not endorse the legalization (simply put) of ANY substance, man-made or otherwise, that KILLS. From heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines (one of Utah’s biggest problems) to deadly prescription drugs and the ability to obtain them.
I am attaching a link to an article I wrote in 2010 about Curt Bramble and his support of an on-line pharmacy, which disgusts me. No wonder so many Utah kids are dying from overdoses. I’ve been a single mom for 25 years in the Salt Lake area and have raised my child to approach her healthcare with caution and never abuse any type of “drug”.
I am a member of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) however, do not agree on a full on legalization of everything.
I am also attaching a link to an article I recently published with statistics on different types of deaths in Utah children from prescription drugs to cannabis, which of course, have been zero. No one has ever overdosed or died from cannabis. It, as you appear to be interested in learning about and supporting, is a healing herb which we believe would only serve to grow Utah.
We also believe that legalizing cannabis on a Federal level is worth investigation. It seems to be a terrible waste of time and money from the DEA to local police departments not to mention the wasted funds prosecuting people for simply possessing or utilizing their personal choice of herbal medication?
We also desire to challenge the notion of the stereotypical “stoner” or “pot-head”, do not believe we are in any way “drug” dealers as we only use cannabis.
I would be pleased to open up a discussion with you on this very critical subject and again wish to express my sincere appreciation of how you responded.
I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks Brian and have an awesome Monday!
Gradi Jordan with Legalize Utah
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