Utah’s medical marijuana ballot measure would violate Mormons’ religious beliefs, opponents say in new court filing

Members of the campaign against Utah’s medical marijuana initiative filed a lawsuit in state court Wednesday, seeking to remove the issue from the November ballot.

It is their second lawsuit intending to block voters from weighing in on legalizing the federally illegal plant. Proponents of the measure called the latest filing a “wacky attempt” to stop Utahns from voting on it.

In the complaint, opponents of Proposition 2 — which would legalize marijuana for people with an array of health conditions — said the ballot initiative would tread on their freedom of religion.


Will the Mormon church embrace legal weed in Utah?

The short answer is, as you might have guessed, no.

The medical marijuana initiative craze has officially reached one of the most conservative strongholds in the country. The Utah Patients Coalition released a proposal for The Utah Medical Cannabis Act, which will appear on voter ballots this fall. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints responded to the proposal in an official statement posted to their website last month.


No gummies or edibles allowed as Utah gets set to grow marijuana for terminally ill patients

The state of Utah is moving forward with plans to grow marijuana for terminally ill patients granted a "right to try" it.

Under a series of laws passed by the Utah State Legislature earlier this year, terminally ill patients will be able to take medical-grade cannabis. The legislature has ordered the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to grow the marijuana and distribute it.

Agriculture officials have been crafting rules after an initial phase of public feedback. Another round of public feedback will take place later this year when the rules are formally published for medical cannabis and industrialized hemp.


Despite strong opposition, Utah approves medical cannabis ballot initiative

Anti-cannabis groups' attempts to block the initiative failed, and advocates are now confident that Beehive State voters will approve the measure this fall.


Medical cannabis payment solutions announces acquisition of 40 acres to grow hemp

Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions (OTC:REFG), a Nevada corporation specializing in state-of-the-art financial services structured to serve the medical cannabis and banking industries, announced today that it has acquired 40 acres of agricultural land to cultivate hemp as part of Utah’s recently passed law, H.B. 302. 

The company will seek a license to grow hemp as part of the state’s Department of Agriculture and Food licensing program. In 2014, Utah passed H.B. 105, which allowed legal possession and use of CBD oil by registered patients with a doctor’s recommendation and intractable epilepsy. 


Utah’s ‘right to try’ medical marijuana bill is officially in effect

The measure allows terminally ill patients to see if medical marijuana is an effective treatment for them.

Utah’s ‘Right to Try’ medical marijuana bill officially went into effect yesterday. But under the new law, only terminally ill patients will have access to medicinal cannabis.

House Bill 195 (HB195) allows terminally ill patients to possess and use marijuana for medical use. The measure adds medicinal cannabis to the auspices of 2015’s Right to Try Act. That law allows patients with a terminal illness to use medical treatments not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). HB195 officially adds medical marijuana as one of the experimental treatments allowed under the Right to Try Act.


DEA joins Utah’s anti-cannabis coalition in attempt to kill medical marijuana ballot measure

Utah already put a medical marijuana legalization question on November’s ballot, but now a deep-pocketed group of DEA agents and conservatives is trying to reverse the successful petition.


University of Utah to research effect of cannabis on the brain

University of Utah researchers could soon be looking into how marijuana impacts the brain and if the medical benefits outweigh the risks.

“We’re going to study the effect of cannabis products on the brain,” said Jeffrey Anderson, a professor of radiology and imaging service at University of Utah.

University researchers are trying to shed light on some mysteries surrounding medical marijuana.

“We have so much that we don’t know yet about exactly what happens in the brain,” Anderson said.

To find those answers, they plan to use high-tech scans to study the effects of cannabis on the brain. And they’re getting some major financial help.


Utah likely to vote on medical cannabis legalization this fall

The Utah Patients Coalition has collected enough signatures to place an MMJ legalization measure on this year's general election ballot.

Utah voters are likely to get a chance to vote for the legalization of medical cannabis in their state this fall, even though Gov. Gary Herbert and several other leading state politicians remain opposed to cannabis reform.


Medical marijuana push spreads to Utah, Oklahoma

The push for legalized marijuana has moved into Utah and Oklahoma, two of the most conservative states in the country, further underscoring how quickly feelings about marijuana are changing in the United States. If the two measures pass, Utah and Oklahoma will join 30 other states that have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to the pro-pot National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws.

Nine of those states and Washington, D.C. also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could become the 10th state with its ballot initiative this year.


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