Utah

Fri
19
Oct

Utah House, Senate GOP support medical marijuana bill; detractors say it won't happen

House and Senate Republicans appear to be on board with a proposed compromise bill for dispensing medical marijuana in Utah regardless of whether the ballot initiative passes next month. But those who support Proposition 2 say lawmakers are putting on a show and patients would never get medical cannabis under the proposal.

Both GOP caucuses met behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss the bill that could be considered in a special legislative session in November after the Nov. 6 election.

Wed
17
Oct

Confidence in Utah’s medical marijuana initiative is waning

With less than a month until the election, recent polls show that support has faded for Utah’s medical marijuana ballot measure, particularly among members of the Church of Latter-day Saints. Many attribute the change to a pledge made by the governor and cannabis advocates to push through a legislative compromise regardless of voters’ conclusion on Prop 2.

Mon
08
Oct

Medical marijuana use up 80% in Illinois; Mormons back Utah cannabis plan

Medical marijuana use up 80 percent in Illinois

A new report from the Illinois Department of Public Health says medical marijuana use has jumped by 80 percent in the state.

More than 46,000 Illinoisans have used medical marijuana this year, mostly to treat PTSD, fibromyalgia and cancer, according to the report. Other common qualifying conditions are spinal cord disease and injuries, traumatic brain injuries, post-concussion syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

Fri
05
Oct

Can Utah groups compromise on the state’s medical marijuana initiative?

Utah residents will have the chance to vote on medical marijuana this November. But what will happen afterwards?

Just weeks away from the November election, proponents of Utah’s medical marijuana initiative and groups campaigning against it have been meeting to formulate policy should the measure succeed at the polls, according to media reports. Representatives of the Utah Patients Coalition, the group supporting the initiative known as Proposition 2, and opposition group Drug Safe Utah are expected to announce an agreement at a press conference on Thursday.

Fri
28
Sep

Marijuana initiatives in the midterms that could change everything

Legalization could be coming to even more states.

In just a few short years, marijuana went from being a taboo recreational drug you “didn’t inhale” at college parties to a legalized resource touted for its ability to improve health and bolster the economy. Highly-publicized marijuana legalization efforts in states like Washington, Colorado, and California have helped forge (often through trial and error) a pathway to legalization that could impact everything from employment to incarceration in the U.S.

Tue
25
Sep

Here are preliminary polling results for every marijuana ballot initiative this November

In a little over a month, Americans will head to the voting booths to vote in a very important midterm election that will have major impact on control of Congress and the Donald Trump presidency.

But there are also some very important marijuana initiatives being voted on as well, and the polls are definitely looking good.

Marijuana Business Daily put together all the available polling data to see how likely all the marijuana ballot initiatives are likely to pass this November. Here were the results.

Mon
24
Sep

Billboards urge Utah to vote for medical marijuana by quoting Mormon scripture

Utah’s Prop 2 is fast becoming a struggle between supporters of medical marijuana and the Mormon church. 

Utahns will have the chance to vote on medical marijuana this November.

In the months leading up to the vote, the battle is heating up.

In particular, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), commonly known as the Mormon church, has become the biggest opponent of Proposition 2. This week, an anonymous, pro-medical marijuana billboard showed up. In voicing support for Prop 2, the ad appears to target the Mormon church specifically.

Utah’s Proposition 2

In November, Utah residents will vote on Proposition 2. If it passes, the initiative would make medical marijuana legal in the state.

Tue
18
Sep

Utah: Mormon leaders call for new medical-marijuana plan in months

Mormon church leaders are calling for Utah lawmakers to pass medical-marijuana legislation by the end of the year even as they urge people to vote against a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.

Church leaders say they oppose the ballot measure because they believe it could allow recreational users get marijuana in Utah if it passes in November, but they still want patients with serious medical needs to have access, the Deseret News reported Sunday.

“This isn’t ‘let’s wait till next year to have a conversation.’ It needs to be dealt with soon. There’s an urgency to accomplish this,” said Jack Gerard, a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Wed
05
Sep

Drug safe Utah releases radio ad opposing pending medical marijuana law

As election season approaches, the battle is heating up over Utah’s Proposition 2, a ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis.

A powerful coalition of anti-legalization groups including the Utah Medical Association and Drug Safe Utah have drawn aside the LDS Church to launch a coordinated campaign to tank Prop. 2.

Throughout, proponents of medical cannabis legalization have accused opponents of spreading misinformation and misleading Utah voters about the measure. And today, they took their criticism to the next level, filing an official election complaint over Drug Safe Utah’s latest radio ad opposing Prop. 2.

Mon
27
Aug

Utah’s medical marijuana vote is no threat to religious liberty

In a lawsuit filed Aug. 15 in Utah’s state court system, lawyers for the anti-marijuana activist Walter J. Plumb argued that a limited medical marijuana ballot initiative set to go before Utah’s voters Nov. 6 should be thrown out.

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