Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — July 9, 2015

• Utah House funny man, Rules co-chair and all-around decent bloke Rep. Jon Cox has jumped ship for the governor’s office as his communications director. That’s the second Cox the governor has stolen from the House, the place of all things awesome and theft-worthy. You might recall that he grabbed Spencer Cox as his LG a while back. (Who was promptly replaced by Jon Cox.) It should be noted that the governor’s budget boss is Kris Cox, and word on the street is that he’s looking for a place to put…

Research: Public Health Policies Work – And Probably Help The Economy, Too

By Derek Monson Newly published research about the effects of anti-smoking policies have found such policies effectively incentivize the desired social behaviors, and it also suggests that they create more benefits than costs for society. While this study focused only on anti-smoking policies, the results are relevant to ongoing debates in Utah about loosening state alcohol control laws and, now, legalizing marijuana. The study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, applied a benefit-cost analysis methodology to U.S. anti-smoking policies from 1964-2010. They found that: (1) these policies “reduce[d]…

Legalizing Cannabis Extract (HB105) in Utah is a Step in the Right Direction [The Hub Debate]

The following is a submission for The Hub Debate. Participants in  submit 500 words or less in support or opposition to a statement. Participate in the comments below or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Submissions can be no longer than 500 words and will be published on Friday.  Resolved: With the passage of HB105, Utah has embarked down the slippery slope of legalized marijuana. The passage of HB105 in Utah is a step in the right direction when it comes to individual rights and free agency.  All legislation should be derived…

Drugs Kill. Drugs Save Lives. Which is it? [The Hub Debate]

The following is a submission for The Hub Debate. Participants in  submit 500 words or less in support or opposition to a statement. Participate in the comments below or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Submissions can be no longer than 500 words and will be published on Friday.  Resolved: With the passage of HB105, Utah has embarked down the slippery slope of legalized marijuana. Several years ago, I was in Amsterdam on business, a city known for its permissive laws regarding drug use. I kept seeing people curled up in the…

Marijuana in Utah? Only If Legislators Want It [The Hub Debate]

The following is a submission for The Hub Debate. Participants in  submit 500 words or less in support or opposition to a statement. Participate in the comments below or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Submissions can be no longer than 500 words and will be published on Friday.  Resolved: With the passage of HB105, Utah has embarked down the slippery slope of legalized marijuana.   My response to this is quite simple: only if Utah legislators want it to be. I’ve never liked the slippery slope argument as it assumes that…

The Utah Odds Are Stacked Against Marijuana Legalization [The Hub Debate]

  The following is a submission for The Hub Debate. Participants in  submit 500 words or less in support or opposition to a statement. Participate in the comments below or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Submissions can be no longer than 500 words and will be published on Friday.  Resolved: With the passage of HB105, Utah has embarked down the slippery slope of legalized marijuana.   Some people think that HB 105 is a gateway to legalizing marijuana in Utah. While they are certainly smart and have some interesting points, unfortunately…

“With tax, that joint comes to $9.99. Would you like brownies with that?” [The Hub Debate]

The following is a submission for The Hub Debate. Participants in  submit 500 words or less in support or opposition to a statement. Participate in the comments below or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Submissions can be no longer than 500 words and will be published on Friday.  Resolved: With the passage of HB105, Utah has embarked down the slippery slope of legalized marijuana. I was a teenager before I interacted with someone lost to alcohol. Growing up in a conservative family, both politically and religiously, alcohol was not allowed in…

Legalize it – don’t criticize it. [The Hub Debate]

The following is a submission for The Hub Debate. Participants in  submit 500 words or less in support or opposition to a statement. Participate in the comments below or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Submissions can be no longer than 500 words and will be published on Friday.  Resolved: With the passage of HB105, Utah has embarked down the slippery slope of legalized marijuana. The passage of HB 105 during Utah’s 2014 general legislative session isn’t the slippery slope to full marijuana legalization. But I would argue that it should be. Marijuana…

BREAKING: Governor Herbert tests the cannabis before signing HB105

Today UPH has learned the real reason that Utah Governor Gary Herbert was so quick to sign HB105 “Plant Extract Amendments” While his office has said that it was because of the medical needs of children suffering from severe epilepsy attacks, we have confirmed the real reason. Because the Governor wants to be able to use the cannabis extracts for personal use. “The Governor has found that this oil makes his hands much softer, and better for long uncomfortable handshakes, as well as random arms over the shoulder” said an…

Salt City Throwdown Podcast: A Conversation with Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

Welcome to Episode 11.1 – Mark L. Shurtleff, Principal of the Shurtleff Group and former Utah Attorney General joins us to talk about a myriad of topics. Including Utah’s co-habitation laws being struck down, and then Amendment 3 (Which he was originally against) receiving the same fate three weeks later. We also hit on topics like medical marijuana, the death-blow to the BCS system, Adoption reform, and Intellectual Property lawsuits that result in patent trolls making tons of money for doing nothing. In this episode We talk about: Amendment Three…