SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Governor Gary Herbert says there is a heightened urgency to help Utahns who need access to medical marijuana.
The medical marijuana ballot initiative dominated his monthly news conference at KUED.
The governor says whether it passes for fails the state will find a solution everyone can get behind.
It’s the most heated debate in Utah politics, and in November, voters will have a chance to weigh in on medical marijuana.
The governor refuses to be involved with the opposition coalition but has made his vote clear.
“I am going to vote in opposition to the initiative,” said Herbert, (R) Utah.
The governor isn’t opposed to medical marijuana, but he believes Proposition 2 has loopholes that will lead to unintended consequences.
He says if it does not pass, lawmakers need to come together on a law that will provide access for those who need it.
He says the legislature is more motivated, because of the initiative.
“If it doesn’t pass, we’ll start new. We’ll create in this upcoming legislative session a bill that everybody can support,” he said.
The governor says, either way, he believes the state will get to the right spot for patients.
“If it does pass, we still have the same challenge. And, that’s working with the legislature and all the stakeholders to eliminate the problems that are in the initiative and come to a good resolution where we have access to medical marijuana, but we are, in fact, making sure we are protecting the public safety and health.”
Supporters say time is of the essence for those who are suffering.
“We were told to try using THC in addition to the CBD, and so we did, and we got total seizure control,” said Doug Rice with the Epilepsy Association of Utah.
The governor also wants to see the federal government remove marijuana from the Schedule 1 list, so more clinical studies can be done.