Running out of options.
Remie, who’s name means “sweet little remedy,” didn’t have very much hope in the beginning. Doctors believed that she likely wouldn’t make it out of the hospital. “She was very sick and was in the hospital for 20 months,” she says. “Looking at her now, nobody can comprehend just where my daughter has been and how far she has come.” And now that pressure has been put on Ellet’s family to make the best choice for Remie, she’s not sure what the best option is, but she’s even considering moving her family to Colorado, one of the states that has legalized the use of marijuana.
Obtaining the medical cannabis
After extensive research on the benefits of medical marijuana Ellet registered her daughter with the Oregon Medical Marijuana program. At the time, it was the only state that allowed out-of-state patients to enroll – a policy that has since been discontinued. Now Ellet will have to either make trips to other states to purchase the drug, purchase it illegally, or potentially move from the state to continue giving her daughter treatment. The political pressure and legality has Ellet living in constant fear, and she knows she and her daughter are racing against statewide policies. “I’m in that window now where I have to take action to save her health and possibly her life. That’s what this is all about. Saving my child’s life.”
The demand for medical marijuana in Utah is high.
Pressure has been put on the the state to provide for those seeking cannabis as a viable medical solution. In response to growing demand, Utah State Senator Mark Madsen tried to push S.B. 259 through the system in 2015, which would have legalized manufacturing, production, distribution and possession within the state. Unfortunately due to a last minute flipped vote, the bill was narrowly rejected, despite the public’s overwhelming support. However, Madsen’s Medical Cannabis Act is going back to the state senate later this month for the 2016 legislative session, along with two other bills related to the use of marijuana that aren’t quite as extensive. “It’s something I try not to think about. I just want to pretend it will all work out and just be fine [if Madsen’s bill doesn’t pass]. But I know it won’t. I have a really good situation here—I own my home, my children do really well in the schools here, they have complete stability. We are financially stable, but if we were to move we would not be able to provide for ourselves as much.”