As a long standing opponent of capital punishment, I welcome any and all converts with total amnesty for their prior misguided views. Unlike Grossman, I applaud anyone who has been educated about the evils of execution. The death penalty debate has long been stubbornly polarized.
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ASSOCIATED PRESSFILE Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and President George W. Bush wear traditional silk jackets as they make their way to a family photo session during an APEC leaders summit in Shanghai, China in this October 2001, file photo. This year, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders are gathering in Honolulu, inspiring visions of leaders in aloha shirts.
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SALT LAKE CITY A $500,000 state funded study, designed to gauge marijuana impact on pain, has been delayed so many times due to federal regulations that it might not be ready before Utah voters decide in November whether to pass a medical marijuana ballot initiative.Ivy Estabrooke, executive director of the Utah Science Technology and Research, told the Deseret News it took nearly a year and a half for researchers to jump through the legal hoops necessary to begin the study this summer.Even if the study findings are too late to influence voters, it can still help the state going forward, Estabrooke said.If Utah voters approve medical marijuana, the findings provide insight into efficacy, and that will help individuals and doctors decide whether to use it, she said.The study aims to examine how cannabis affects people who suffer from chronic pain. Subjects will receive chocolate pudding laced with different combinations of THC, marijuana key psychoactive compound, and CBD, its non psychoactive ingredient, as well as a placebo.have a better informed idea of whether it truly helping with pain, Estabrooke said.Marijuana is legal in some form in more than 30 states and the District of Columbia, but it remains illegal at the federal level.Despite increasing acceptance, there is little rigorous research on the benefits and harms of marijuana. Last year, a government commissioned group concluded the lack of scientific information about marijuana and CBD poses a risk to public health.The ballot initiative before Utah voters in November would create a regulatory system for growing and distributing marijuana products to people with certain medical conditions.