May 31, 2018

Utah Will Vote this November for Medical Marijuana

May 31, 2018
weed-3691738_1920
Utah’s Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox announced that Utah's citizens will get to vote on medical marijuana legalization this fall.

After a volatile several months, Utah’s Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox announced that voters will decide this fall whether or not to legalize medical marijuana.

“I, Spender J. Cox, Lieutenant Governor, do hereby declare the UTAH MEDICAL CANNABIS ACT initiative sufficient to be submitted to the voters of Utah for their approval or rejection.”

The announcement came on Tuesday after the final count of signatures was in, which included those who asked, or were persuaded by decidedly unsavory tactics, to have their names removed.

“We’re ecstatic that our opponents’ efforts to thwart the democratic process failed and we’re looking forward to having a robust and hefty debate in the coming months, and hopefully have voters side with us that there is indeed a place for medical cannabis and we should stop criminalizing these patients,” said DJ Schanze, director of the Utah Patients Coalition that shepherded the MMJ petition to where it is today.

Less than two weeks ago, Utah Patients Coalition was prepared to square off in court with the Drug Safe Utah, associated with the ultra-conservative Eagle Forum and local DEA over the hiring of paid canvassers who went knocking on doors to persuade people into removing their signature from approving the MMJ initiative for a vote.

Lt. Governor Cox put an end to the discussion by stating that sufficient signatures were gathered and opponents could not kick the initiative off the ballot.

This is Lt. Governor Cox’s tweet, which he introduced as “The moment you’ve all been waiting for.” It shows that the medical marijuana initiative collected 153,894 valid signatures statewide in 27 of 29 state Senate districts – more than enough.

“We are pleased to learn that our opposition’s shady tactics to remove signatures and mislead the public … were unsuccessful,” said another supporter of the initiative, Connor Boyak, president of the Libertas Institute.

“It’s time for Utah voters to take the issue into their own hands,” said Boyak, per the Salt Lake Tribune.

Share:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on reddit
Reddit
Recent & Related Posts

Articles

Recent & Related Posts
Medical
Mark Willey

Missouri Green Doctors

Since voters passed Amendment 2 with an overwhelming majority in 2018, Missouri has become a new medical marijuana landscape and has seen approximately 50,000 patients

Read More »
Medical
Ryan Quinones

Hemp Missouri

Missourians have been growing hemp as a staple crop dating back to the early-nineteenth century. American farmers grew hemp all over the country and manufactured

Read More »
Missouri Sneate Bill 491 took decriminalization one step further in the Show-Me-State.
Medical
Brodie Kush

Missouri Senate Bill 491

Missouri is now a legal medical marijuana state, but six years ago in 2014, the Missouri legislature was able to pass SB 491 a modified,

Read More »
Medical
Ryan Quinones

Missouri Marijuana Laws

Over the past couple years, Missouri has been rapidly amping up its efforts to overturn drug war era policies and replace them with a regulated 

Read More »
Medical
John Payne

Missouri Marijuana Legalization

11 states have legalized recreational marijuana, and another 22 states, plus the District of Columbia, have legalized medical cannabis. So,  here’s where things stand here

Read More »