Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Medical Cannabis and the Opioid Epidemic

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) took to the Senate floor yesterday to discuss a bill related to medical cannabis research, but in his remarks he connected the issue of medical cannabis to the larger issue of the opioid epidemic:


"In Utah and across the nation, opioid abuse continues to ravage good, hardworking families who have fallen captive to the tyranny of addiction. While some people are using these prescription drugs appropriately, others are abusing them at alarming rates. As Utahns watch their family and friends grapple with this epidemic, many are seeking non-narcotic alternatives that help with pain. Medical marijuana is just one such alternative.

After careful deliberative thought, I have concluded that it is an alternative worth pursuing."