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Group asks Utah Supreme Court to restore Prop. 2

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A group whose mission is to “protect the rights and voice of Utah citizens” filed an emergency petition with the Utah Supreme Court over the medical marijuana ballot initiative.

The People’s Right (TPR), a newly-formed political issues committee, is petitioning the court to restore Proposition 2 and throw out HB 3001.

Voters approved Prop 2 to legalize medical marijuana in Utah. Then last week during a special session, the state legislature passed HB 3001 which was quickly signed by Governor Gary Herbert to modify and replace the proposition.

The People’s Right said it is “deeply offended” by what the legislature did.

“By gutting Proposition 2 last week, Utah Legislators and Governor Herbert thumbed their noses at the will of the People, and attacked their voice and vote,” Maxfield stated. “We are filing this writ today to ask the Supreme Court to remedy the situation and make the will of the People the Law of the Land. The Court must act to oppose the Legislature’s flagrant violations of the People’s ‘co-equal’ legislative authority,” said Steve Maxfield, TPR chair.

The group argues that the special session coupled with requirements put on citizen initiative and referendum processes have created a “constitutional crisis that can only be corrected by an appeal to the highest court.”

TPR filed its request Monday afternoon. Any Utah resident can contact the Utah Supreme Court Clerk’s Office at 801-238-7967 for instructions on how to join the filing via email, the group said.

This isn’t the only effort in opposition to action by the legislature. Rocky Anderson filed a lawsuit against Gov. Herbert and the State of Utah regarding HB 3001.

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