Grassroots organization aims to get medical marijuana on 2018 ballot

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TAYLORSVILLE (News4Utah) – You may run into members of the Utah Civic Action Network (UCAN) on your way to the liquor store this week. They’re collecting signatures to get three initiatives on the ballot for the 2018 election.

“We’re not asking anyone to vote on anything today. All we’re asking is for registered voters to sign the initiative so we can get it on the ballot,” said Scott Bell, co-founder of UCAN.

Their three initiatives include medical marijuana, medicaid expansion, and anti-gerrymandering.

“We are looking for social justice. We are looking for fair and balanced government. We are looking for good representation. We are looking for specific issues like medical marijuana that we believe can help many Utahns,” said Bell.

UCAN has obtained permission from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) to collect signatures at their liquor stores in Magna, Taylorsville, Provo, Orem, Pleasant Grove, and Springville.

“It seems that more citizens’ initiatives are popping up and they’re gathering signatures wherever they can. One of those places happen to be in front of our state liquor stores,” said Terry Wood, Director of Communications & Public Information for the DABC.

As a result, Wood said the DABC is developing a procedure for future groups that want to do the same thing.

“What we’re trying to do right now is develop a policy that everyone will understand and it’s a first amendment issue. People have a right to be there,” said Wood. “But we want to make sure that it doesn’t turn into a total flea circus in front of the stores with booths and booths set up.”

Bell said they need more than 113,000 signatures before April 15, 2018 to get their initiatives on the ballot. So far, they’re more than halfway there.

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