The latest on Utah’s medical cannabis ballot initiative

Inside Utah Politics

SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Medical marijuana will be on the ballot for voters to decide in November 2018. After a failed attempt to get enough signatures removed, Drug Safe Utah filed a lawsuit to block the Utah Medical Cannabis Act. They Have since dropped that lawsuit, saying they may renew efforts if the initiative passes.

Executive Director of the Utah Patients Coalition DJ Schanz stops by Inside Utah Politics to discuss the initiative. 

“The Utah Medical Cannabis Act as it will be seen on the ballot will be Proposition 2, there won’t be a title.  We also know the language of how it will be seen on the ballot,” said Schanz. ” We’re officially Proposition 2 and we’re excited to move forward now.”

Schanz also describes what we can expect to see from the campaign in the coming months. 

“We will continue to highlight patients. From the very beginning, this has been about patients and we’re going to continue highlighting those patients stories. We need to think about the people, our neighbors, and our friends with cancer, epilepsy, with MS. We will continue to highlight those people who have had to struggle and have been unjustly determined to be criminals in our state because they used a method of treatment that is considered illegal. We’d like Proposition 2 to change that,” said Schanz.

Recent polls show Utahns support the use of medical cannabis. 

“People in Utah aren’t immune to many of the conditions that people use medical cannabis for, whether it’s epilepsy, cancer, AIDS, and MS,” Schanz said. “When you are able to empathize with a neighbor that has epilepsy that’s a very powerful thing.” 

Drug Safe Utah recently dropped the lawsuit against the initiative but says they may challenge it again if it passes in November.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there. Thirty other states have gone down this road before us. There was issue withstanding and ripeness with their previous lawsuit, but once the law passes some of these issues do go away and we feel that we’re on great legal ground to move forward and have a great defense,” Schanz said. 

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