What does a Republican, Mormon, dad of 5, a former Attorney General and tempted to use medicinal cannabis look like?
Well, here in the pretty, great State (any fellow Utah natives recall that?) that would look Mark Shurtleff.
Mr. Shurlteff was Utah born and bred, educated at BYU and served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (you know, the Mormons) in Peru.
He is the only Attorney General to be elected for three terms.
In the first election for Utah Attorney General in 2000 Mark ran against Democrat Reed Richards and won by 57%. He was challenged again in the 2004 election, this time by Democrat Gregory Skordas, this time by 68.4%. Shurtleff ran away with the final election in 2008 against Democrat Jean Welsh with a sound 69.3%. Click here for additional voting information.
Having endured chemotherapy for cancer, Mark told locals news in July, 2011 that he “isn’t opposed to exploring the legalization of medicinal marijuana”.
“I’m open to it now because I’ve experienced it, and I’ve seen others suffer,” he said on KSL Newsradio’s “Doug Wright Show.”
Shurtleff said he would consider a law legalizing medicinal marijuana provided it came with proper restrictions like other controlled substances.
The following message was sent to Mark on June 20, 2013 from the grassroots organization Legalize Utah:
Hi Mr. Shurtleff –
I am a 3rd generation Utah. I was in the hospital when you made your comments about “being tempted” to use medical marijuana for your cancer symptoms and was unable to respond. I wanted to thank you for having the guts to support any cannabis acceptance in Utah.
I am also a member of Legalize Utah which is a grassroots organization dedicated to the legalization of cannabis for medical and psychological treatment in addition to the legalization of industrial hemp farms.
Do you have any new view on the subject? I have a questionnaire I managed to send to every single current Utah Lawmaker, and have had 2 who have been accepting or wanted more information.
If you would like to complete the questionnaire, we would appreciate it as the majority of Utah lawmakers thus far have been condescending, rude and even snarky.
We will be happy to share your thoughts and comments in a sane and mature fashion, as we believe in good ol’ karma.
I am attaching links to those articles so you can review they type of work I am doing as advocate for the medical marijuana and hemp restoration in Utah.
hugs-n-nugs from Taylorsville, Utah”
The video attached to this article is the one from KSL News on July 11, 2011.
Mr. Shurtleff can be followed on Twitter with this link.
Any response from Mr. Shurtleff will be made available for public comment.