“First if all, I'm quite certain you cannot claim credit for anyone's conversion (as you suggested in a recent email)".
"Second, the presumptuousness of your incessant emails limits whatever minimal effectiveness they might otherwise have".
"Third, it's not happening in Utah. You might wish to focus your energies where they have some chance of success".
This was the snarky comment received today by Legalize Utah (a grassroots organization dedicated to the legalization of medicinal cannabis in Utah) from Utah House of Representative member Jim Nielson (R) District: 19.
The original message was one of many e-mail “blasts” members of Legalize Utah have been sending to all Utah lawmakers for the past four years. Apparently, Representative Nielson does not believe the movement to legalize medicinal cannabis is growing, especially in Utah.
Perhaps he had not heard the good news that came out today when Utah Representative Brian Greene (R) District: 57 endorsed the use of legalized medical marijuana, stating “As long as your focus remains limited to legalization for medical use, and your approach is neither partisan nor combative – you have my full support”.
From an earlier e-mail dated June 11, 2013, Representative Nielson stated to Legalize Utah:
“I oppose legalization of marijuana in any form”.
“My reason is that whatever form legalization might take, usage would certainly increase. History provides ample, consistent, and predictable evidence that when a substance is not controlled, its use increases. When it is controlled, usage decreases”.
“I add to that fact my understanding of the research: that the deleterious effects of marijuana use substantially outweigh any benefits”.
“I have not used your survey. You ask repeatedly about what I believe regarding various issues of fact. As I have just inferred, issues such as whether cannabis is addictive and whether it has medicinal value are not issues of belief. These are issues of evidence and fact, so my beliefs on the subject, or those of anyone else, are irrelevant”.
“And no, I have not ever used marijuana or anything related to it”.
“By the way, your survey seems to include gotcha questions and push-polling techniques. Accordingly, the results will hardly be scientific or reliable. So I would caution you not to make any official or policy-related use of them because the responses are not likely to reflect a true measure of aggregate opinions on this complex subject”.
“Finally, let me just note that email is not the forum for an effective debate on the merits of your proposal. If you would like to discuss the matter in detail, please call me at the number below”.
-Rep. Jim Nielson
Supporters of the movement to legalize medical marijuana in Utah are highly encouraged to keep up the contact with these representatives as it is apparently getting enough attention to warrant their personal comments. By engaging with these lawmakers and educating each in what their constituents truly want for the future of Utah, the better opportunity the movement has to become strong and successful.
Representative Jim Nielson’s cell-phone number is 801-550-3474, his home address is listed at 331 East 900 South, Bountiful, Utah 84010. To reach out to Representative Nielson by e-mail, click this link.
Any comments can be sent to this writer via the comment section with this article or directly via e-mail to LegalizeUtah@gmail.com. Comments are subject to possible publication.