Utah Patients Coalition to sue opposition over ‘fraudulent activity’ in ballot initiative process

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – A group working to get the issue of medical marijuana on the November ballot in Utah is taking legal action against its opposition.

Utah Patients Coalition announced Friday it intends to sue opposition groups over “fraudulent activity” in the signature-gathering process.

The Utah Medical Association and others are trying to get people to remove their signatures from the initiative.

Advocates say they are being dishonest, and the alleged tactics have been caught on video.

DJ Schanz, Director for the Utah Patients Coalition, issued the following statement:

“Over the past several weeks, the Utah Patients Coalition has documented a number of fraudulent activities by those seeking to remove signatures from the ballot. Today, our attorneys sent a letter to Drug Safe Utah, the Utah Medical Association, the Utah Eagle Forum, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration indicating that we intend to pursue legal claims against them in connection with their fraudulent efforts to withdraw signatures from the initiative petition.

“The opposition’s willful efforts to mislead voters has the very real possibility of undermining this patient-led effort to allow sick Utahns to access the medicine they need—and that their physicians think they should have. As a result, we will vigorously defend our efforts to place this issue on the ballot for voters to decide.

“We hope, of course, that these organizations are unsuccessful and that we retain enough signatures in each district to qualify for the ballot. Should that not happen, we will hold these people accountable for their fraudulent activity and seek judicial intervention to make sure these illegal efforts do not succeed.” 

Read the entire letter sent to opposition organizations

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