SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Proposition 2 was expected to be the biggest issue on the November ballot, driving many people to vote. After a compromise was reached on Thursday it’s unclear if people will still care. Some experts said it’s still important to vote on it.
The compromise calls for greater controls on where marijuana can be distributed, with more scrutiny to make sure it doesn’t hit the black market.
While supporters are happy about patients getting access, and being able to have marijuana from other states until the system is in place.
With this compromise just being announced it’s unclear if it will impact turnout. The issue was expected to have domino effect on other races and initiatives.
Jason Perry of the Hinckley Institute of Politics said voters will likely need time to look over the new details of the compromise before deciding.
“I think a lot of people are still watching this, and it’s going to take a while to digest this compromise to see if it really hits the mark,” said Perry.
Even without the compromise if Prop. 2 passed there’s no guarantee it would have stayed in place, or been changed by lawmakers during the next session.
Both sides of the Prop. 2 debate have agreed not to campaign on the issue which was set to start heating up until Thursday’s announcement.
With the issue still on the ballot Perry notes it will still be important for people to show how they feel on the issues.
“It totally matters in this situation how people vote even with a compromise,” said Perry. “Because that will impact how our legislature approaches this issue going forward.”
Governor Garry Herbert said he expects the Legislature to pass the compromise bill as is. He plans to call for the special session in late November no matter the outcome of Prop. 2 on election day.