Utah Governor to Call Special Session on Medical Marijuana After November Election

Next month voters in Utah will have the opportunity to legalize medical marijuana through a citizen’s initiative, but even if it fails the state’s governor says he plans to hold a special session on the issue.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Governor Gary Herbert has pledged to call a special legislative session to take up the issue of medical marijuana following the November general election. He says this is the case whether or not Proposition 2 is passed by voters . If voters reject the initiative, lawmakers will take up a proposal that would would allow qualifying patients to obtain medical marijuana from one of up to five “medical cannabis pharmacies”, or at their county health departments.

“The good news here is that whether [Prop 2] passes or fails, we’re going to arrive at the same point,” says Herbert.

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New Poll Finds Strong Support for Medical Cannabis Legalization Initiative Among Utah Voters

A strong majority of Utah voters, including a majority of those who are “very active” in the Mormon Church, support an initiative to legalize medical cannabis, according to new polling.

Utah voters are overwhelming in favor of legalizing the medical use of cannabis, a new UtahPolicy.com poll has found 74% stated that they are in favor of a proposed initiative that would allow qualified patients to possess, use and purchase (from licensed dispensaries) cannabis medicines such as edibles, tinctures and topicals (lotions, ointments, etc.). Just 22% oppose the proposal, with 4% undecided.

Although the LDS church has come out strongly against legalizing medical cannabis, 63% of voters who say they’re “very active” in the Mormon Church support the legalization of medical cannabis, with just 33% – less than one in three – opposed.

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Utah Medical Marijuana Advocates Given Approval to Begin Signature Gathering on Initiative

Advocates of a Utah initiative to legalize medical marijuana have been given approval to begin signature gathering.

Utah Patients Coalition have received approval from Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to place their medical marijuana legalization initiative on the November, 2018 ballot. The group must now collect 113,143 by January in order to put the measure to a vote of the people.

“We plan to gather the first signatures by next week and be finished prior to the 2018 legislative session in January,” said DJ Schanz, campaign co-director for Utah Patients Coalition, in a press release. “Our volunteers—many of them patients or caregivers themselves—have been ready and eagerly waiting; it feels good to know we will have scheduled events in the coming weeks for those who have waited years for this.”

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Poll: 78% of Utah Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Medical Marijuana

According to new polling, 78% of voters in Utah are in favor of a proposed initiative that would legalize medical marijuana for those with certain medical conditions.

The initiative, proposed by the Utah Patients Coalition, would legalize marijuana medicines – including oils, edibles and topicals – for those with serious medical conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain and autism.

According to a newly released poll, conducted by Dan Jones & Associates, 45% of voters “strongly support” the initiative, and 33% “somewhat support” the proposal. Just 10% oppose the initiative, with the final 10% remaining undecided. Among Republicans, 65% support legalizing medical cannabis, and among Democrats, support is almost unanimous, with 97% in favor. The poll, conducted between July 18th to July 20th, has a margin of error of +/- 3.95 percentage points.

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Poll: 73% of Utah Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Medical Marijuana

A new poll of Utah voters has found overwhelming support for legalizing medical marijuana.

According to the poll, conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3), 73% of Utah voters support a recently announced ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana throughout the state, including 64% of Republicans and 63% of active LDS voters. Just 20% of voters overall opposed to the initiative, with 7% undecided. The poll found that support ‘cuts across all major demographic subgroups of the electorate.”

“The poll results show overwhelming and broad support for medical cannabis in Utah,” says DJ Schanz, director of Utah Patients Coalition (UPC). “Voters believe that patients should be able to safely and legally access the medicine they need.”

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Utah Legislature Passes Medical Marijuana Research Bill, Heads to Governor

Legislation to legalize the research of marijuana for medical purposes has passed Utah’s full legislature.

House Bill 130 – filed by Senator Evan Vickers (R) – was passed by the House of Representatives with a 70 to 2 vote. It was passed by the Senate 23 to 1. It now goes to Governor Gary Herbert who has the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature or vetoing it (though if he was to veto it, the legislature could override with a 2/3rds vote).

In addition to allowing research on cannabis medicines, the bill creates a review board that will make recommendations on potential future changes to the state’s marijuana laws.

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Large Majority of Likely Utah Voters Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

seattletimesphotoOver 60% of likely voters in one of the most conservative states in the U.S. – Utah – are in support of legalizing medical cannabis, according to a new UtahPolicy poll.

According to the poll, 63% of likely Utah voters favor the legalization of cannabis for medical use, with 35% opposed; just 2% remain undecided, indicating that pretty much everyone in the state has made up their mind on the issue.

Surprisingly, 50% of those who say they are “very active” members of the LDS (Mormon) Church say they favor legalizing medical cannabis, with 47% opposed; this is despite most church leaders calling for church goers to oppose such a change.

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Poll: Strong Majority of Utah Residents Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

utahThe vast majority of those living in Utah support the move to legalize the medical use of cannabis, according to a new poll commissioned by UtahPolicy and conducted by Dan Jones & Associates.

According to the poll, 66% of those in Utah support legalizing medical cannabis – given it’s prescribed by a doctor – with just 28% opposed to the move. 5% of those in Utah have either no opinion on the issue, or have yet to make up their mind about whether or not they support allowing cannabis to be used medicinally.

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Utah Senate Passes Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill

Marijuana plants In a 15 to 13 vote Utah’s full Senate has given approval to a bill that would legalize non-smokable forms of cannabis – such as edibles, topicals and oils – for medical use.

Senate Bill 73 would allow those with a qualifying condition who receives a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis medicines. Qualifying conditions include post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), HIV/AIDS, cancer and chronic pain, among others. The proposal would authorize dispensaries to distribute the medicine to patients.

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Utah Senate Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis, Including Dispensaries

medcannabisIn 2014 Utah lawmakers passed legislation legalizing the medical use of CBD (cannabidiol) oil, but only for those with seizure disorders. Now, the state’s Senate Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee has voted 4 to 1 to pass a much more expansive bill that would legalize the whole cannabis plant for medical use.

Senate Bill 73, sponsored by Senator Mark Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs), would allow those with certain qualifying conditions – such as cancer, PTSD and chronic pain – to possess and use medical cannabis and medical cannabis products. The measure would establish a system of licensed cultivation centers and dispensaries, providing patients a means of safe access to their medicine.

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