SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – In November voters will decide the fate of medical marijuana in Utah, and a state lawmaker is addressing the controversial proposition with a new bill.
Representative Brian King says no matter what happens with Proposition 2, the state legislature needs to deal with it. His bill would do that after voters weigh in.
“There are more legitimate uses for medical marijuana than we have seen the legislature acknowledge, and accommodate for in the past and there are people suffering who could use it,” said King, (D) Salt Lake City.
The House minority leader filed a bill titled Medical Marijuana Modifications to address the contention surrounding the proposition.
“If the proposition passes, there are things we are going to want to do and need to do. If it fails, I think we need to take steps to move us down the field in the right direction, in terms of making medical marijuana available to more people,” King said.
DJ Schanz is with the Utah Patients Coalition, the group behind the initiative.
“This isn’t new for Representative King, this is an issue he’s cared about for a long time. This isn’t a marijuana Road to Damascus moment for him, like many legislators we’re seeing right now on cannabis, it’s all the sudden a hot topic for them,” said Schanz.
He says they want to be part of the discussion.
“We’re open to addressing things with Representative King and some other members of the legislature come November to see what those points exactly are,” he said.
King says that’s a key to his bill. To wait and see what happens with the vote first.
“There are other people who would like to do things, maybe they are thinking about calling a special session before the election, I think that would be a bad idea,” said King.
A lot of lawmakers are saying they are motivated to find a solution if the proposition fails. Representative King says he’s not confident the legislature will act if that happens.