Twin brothers Nathan and Aaron Frodsham are Mormon and want to see medical marijuana legalized in Utah. Over the last year, two passionate attempts to legalize medical marijuana in Utah fell short in legislature.
Nathan Frodsham suffers from advanced degenerative disc disease and resorted to medical marijuana as treatment after his doctor recommended that he try it. "It was such a taboo topic," Nathan Frodsham told KSL-TV. “It's a decision neither brother takes lightly. "I was against a wall," he said. "I basically ran out of options."
Mormons, or members of the LDS faith, maintain a heavy influence over Utah's leadership. The LDS faith has officially issued a statement against recreational marijuana in Utah. The church, however, did not object Utah's SB 89, which was the more conservative medical marijuana bill introduced this year. The clock ran out for Utah's SB 89, and advocates are back at square one.
After trying everything in western and eastern medicine, Nathan found success with marijuana. He began obtaining medical marijuana while living in the state of Washington. "I saw you before and after, and I just remember being very surprised, and I think you cut back almost completely on your narcotic medications, which was almost unheard of, " explained his brother Aaron.
The brothers are active (devout) members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since Nathan moved back to Utah, his health has gone down the tubes. To make things worse, Nathan is also allergic to anti-inflammatory medication.
“I think Utah would benefit from the use of medical marijuana not only for the wide variety of uses it has to naturally treat common problems for people looking for alternative forms of medicine, but primarily for the less restricted access it would give researchers and doctors to further study it's effects, benefits, and other properties,” Ike Curtis, a Business Operations Manager and Utah resident told MERRY JANE. “I know many people who use it in place of a variety of prescription drugs (SSRI's, benzos, painkillers, etc), with great success, and after years of finding no relief using traditional medicine from big pharma.”
For now, Utah only allows non-psychocative CBD oil for serious illnesses such as intractable epilepsy.