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Advocates call medical marijuana ballot certification a ‘victory’

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4utah) – Supporters behind a medical marijuana ballot initiative are rejoicing.

Tuesday, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox released the formal ballot initiative numbers that determine which initiatives are in and which are out.

The Utah Medical Cannabis Act has been officially certified for the November ballot. The initiative gathered 153,894 valid signatures in 27/29 Utah districts. 1,425 people filled out forms to have their signatures removed after signing.

Connor Boyack, president of the Libertas Institute issued the following statement:

“Today’s announcement is victory for patients and their supporters—including our organization—who have worked hard for years to make sure Utah law does not treat patients as criminals.

While the Legislature has only been willing to support incremental steps that help few patients, the public has consistently been willing to support a broader program that helps thousands of sick and suffering Utahns find the relief they and their physicians believe cannabis might offer.

We are pleased to learn that our opposition’s shady tactics to remove signatures and mislead the public about what’s in the Utah Medical Cannabis Act were unsuccessful. We respect those with differing opinions, but believe it’s time for Utah voters to take the issue into their own hands and change this unjust law that criminalizes our loved ones and neighbors.”

The Utah Patients Coalition released the following statement: 

“We are excited, but not surprised, by the Lieutenant Governor’s conclusion to certify the more than 150,000 signatures gathered and place the Utah Medical Cannabis Act on the November 2018 ballot.  With the signature drive behind us, we can now focus on gaining support for this initiative, which would establish a responsible, conservative, and compassionate medical cannabis policy for our state.

We look forward to a healthy and robust debate on this issue in the coming months. We are confident that the people of Utah will side with patients as they vote in November to allow them to legally and safely access medical cannabis under doctor supervision and without the fear of criminalization.”

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