The sponsor of Utah’s bold and controversial cannabis law says, at the end of the calendar year, he will move out of the country.
Sen. Mark Madsen says his perception of conservative values does not jive with those of the Utah lawmakers with whom he serves. Madsen says by January 2017, he will likely move to a country in South America, possibly Colombia.
He says it is a move that he and his family have been working on for years, but says what happened to his medical marijuana bill is an example of how his colleagues on the hill differ in what they think conservatism should be.
“This bill on medical cannabis is a perfect example of we have people who call themselves conservatives,” says Madsen, who says the bill represents the epitome of conservative thinking.
“When the choice is between government control over an individual medical decision and allowing individuals and their medical doctors to make that decision, what could be a more clear cut issue of basic principles of limited government and individual liberty?” Madsen says.
Madsen says he and his family began thinking about leaving the country in 2013, when he sponsored a bill that would allow homeowners to stay in their homes in case of natural disasters. The bill never made it out of committee, and now, people can be arrested if they refuse to accept an evacuation order.
“Here in Utah, cops will just arrest you and drag you off,” says Madsen.
The state senator is the grandson of Ezra Taft Benson, the secretary of agriculture under President Eisenhower and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 80’s and 90’s. He says he has been fielding job offers from several companies, has sold his house and will finish his term in the senate before moving out of the country with his wife and five kids.
He’ll leave, he says, with many questions for Utah’s leaders.
“You know there are a lot of people up here [at the capitol] who would rather rule than represent, and there seems to be a lot of citizens here who like being told what to do,” he says.
SOURCES: http://www.kutv.com, by CHRIS JONES