Jon Huntsman Sr. speaks in favor of medical marijuana

Jon Huntsman, Sr. speaking on medical marijuana usage in Utah. Salt Lake City, Utah, July 12, 2017 | Photo courtesy of,, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah advocates for medicinal marijuana now have a major name to go along with a major fight. Sitting down with Fox 13’s Bob Evans during a 3 Questions segment, Jon Huntsman Sr. didn’t hold back his support.

“I’m a very strong advocate for medical marijuana,” Huntsman Sr. said. “I think some folks have it terribly confused with smoking marijuana.”

Huntsman said his support comes from his own needs. For the past 10 years, Huntsman has suffered from Polymyalgia Rheumatica, a disorder that can cause severe shoulder and hip-joint pain.

He’s also a four-time cancer survivor.

“I won’t take the opioids, I’ll take the pain,” Huntsman said of the current treatments.

He said the constipation, and the possibility of kidney or bladder failure, turned him away from opioids entirely.

“It’s really severe pain,” he said. “Sometimes you just want to scream out at night because of joints not working and things just breaking down on you.”

The Utah Patients Coalition is currently pushing for a ballot initiative that would get medicinal marijuana on the 2018 Election ballot. It’s an effort that would require 115,000 signatures.

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Written by JEFF MCADAM,

Copyright 2017, KSTU. A Tribune broadcasting station

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  • Utahguns July 15, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Jon Huntsman Sr. is probably one individual that the Church can’t control / influence…..
    Kudos to Jon!

  • Brian July 15, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Jon Huntsman Sr is an AMAZING, very rare quality of human being. I’m sorry he’s had to go through this.

    But unless he is specifically talking about marijuana that is high in CBD but has no THC, or the liquid medicine for kids of the same levels, how is “medical marijuana” different from “smoking marijuana”?

    To my knowledge states that allow medical marijuana make no such distinction, they’re just giving you permission to smoke normal marijuana in exchange for some revenue.

    • Chris July 15, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      I’m sorry you believe in the nanny-state where government regulates the smallest details of our lives.

    • LocalTourist July 16, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Brian I’m sorry you’re so uneducated on the subject. When we are in Colorado my daughter uses medical cannabis to control her seizures, not just the CBD oil but also THC in the form of gummies. “Medical cannabis” doesn’t necessarily mean smoking. And the proposed ballot initiative does not allow smoking anyway, yet it is all about medical use. States that allow medical use recognize the difference.
      I would suggest you take a trip to Mesquite and visit the dispensary on the west end of town. It is a very educating experience, and shouldn’t cause any issues for you…unless you run into your bishop or your neighbors.

      • redrock4 July 17, 2017 at 8:41 am

        My understanding of the research is that THC has no medicinal value. But, given the current state of the research (and the veracity of anything I read on the Internet), it seems that we are as confused now – perhaps more than we were when we had the initial push to legalize. If I were suffering from a debilitating illness, I would probably try the CBD oil without the THC.

        • LocalTourist July 18, 2017 at 8:34 am

          My daughter’s seizures are controlled partially by using CBD oil, but they are controlled completely when we augment the oil with a tiny piece of a THC gummie. (about 5mg, or half a sugar cube-sized piece)

          Actually there are lot of benefits to THC. It works better if you were to use the entire plant, rather than pulling out each compound. Like a salad, they’re all good, but better together.

          Here’s a quick link to some of the benefits.

  • high5 July 15, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Good … Jon! Go to a Leagal State n get some Relief!!!!
    Then go back to Mormonville and Lobby For Freedom of The Oppressed Herb!!!!! NOW!
    Ed. ellipsis.

  • utahdiablo July 16, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Here’s the deal Jon, Medical Marijuana is fine “if” it would stop there, but in ever case it starts with the medical and then get legalized for everyone to use….now Nevada has called a state of emergency as they have ran out and cannot lose the Millions of tax revenue they are counting on? What a bunch of …* ….this is just legalized Drug Dealing….so if you need some pot? Go to the surrounding states but keep it …* out of my Utah
    Ed. ellipses: …*

    • LocalTourist July 16, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      It’s MY Utah, too. I’d be happy to see medical cannabis here.
      And your comment about it starting with medical and going recreational…? Not true. Example: Arizona voters shot down recreational use in the last election. The citizens spoke. It should be the same here, since polls show 72% of Utahns believe medical cannabis should be legalized here. It’s the will of the majority. And if you don’t like what the majority think, perhaps YOU should be the one who leaves.
      Bye, Felicia.

    • .... July 17, 2017 at 2:18 am

      Ha ha you got edited !

  • Thecadean July 16, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Thank god for the Huntsman family. They have always done the right thing for Utah and this great nation. I am very fortunate that I do not need nor take any drugs legal or otherwise- not even vitamins. But who Are we to judge what others need and desire? Most drugs including Marijuana were legal in the US. It only became illegal after a congressman from St Louis Mo. backed a bill sponsored by Anheuser Bush sighting “poor people were getting a cheap high.” Now that all of the major beers sold in the USA are foreign owned, we have come back to the realization this is an economic issue not a morrel or ethical issue.
    Isn’t the current battle-cry for less government and regulation? Here is one simple solution that would save us billions. And for those worried about some new scarry epidemic, I challenge them to read up on what happen to Portugal and every other country that decriminalized these medication. The economics and social benefits overwhelmingly favor education and free markets over hardline government, military like tactics

    • LocalTourist July 16, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Interesting that you’d bring that up. The big money against recreational cannabis in Arizona last year was the owner of the Venetian casino in Vegas. I guess he figures he doesnt make money if the tourists are too baked to gamble.

      You’re absolutely right how so many people holler for freedom and smaller government, unless we’re talking about cannabis… then they want the state and the feds right alongside each other in your medicine cabinet.

      I dont get it.

  • NotSoFast July 16, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Lets face it, back in the day when they outlawed the weed, it was done because they couldn’t control or gain tax revenue from it. Folks were growing it in their gardens. So they labeled it a gateway drug. A lot of BS. Huntsman is no fool, he knows the benefits of the stupid weed for medical purposes. He probably also knows the benefits of drinking a glass of the grape now and then for the workings of ones heart system.

  • 42214 July 16, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Jon looks like he’s been smoking dope and binge eating tweenkies. His face is as puffy as Michael Moore’s.

    • LocalTourist July 17, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Looks like Jon also got under your skin enough to prompt a response and compare him to Moore.

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