Utah Activists Push for Medical Marijuana on Ballot

Medical marijuana supporters in Utah received a green light from state election officials on Thursday to start gathering the 113,143 signatures required to qualify their MMJ measure for the November 2018 ballot.

The political issues committee Utah Patients Coalition’s spokesperson said they will begin collecting signatures next week—with a stated goal of gathering all the signatures required before the beginning of the legislative session in January 2018.

According to UTP, in 2014 HB 105 made it legal for patients to possess and use low-THC cannabidiol when directed by a doctor. Since this initial victory for patients, cannabis legislation has barely progressed.

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Utah Begins Another Push at Expanding Medical Cannabis

Utah already has a CBD-only law on the books, but activists in the state are working to expand the medical marijuana program to provide medicine for patients in need.

Organizers of Utah’s next effort to make medical cannabis a reality have been given the green light to start the signature gathering drive that will put the issue on the 2018 ballot.

Utah Patients Coalition got word from Lt. Governor Spencer Cox this week that they may start to collect the signatures required to qualify for the November 2018 ballot. Organizers put a lot of effort into producing a ballot initiative that was palatable to both lawmakers and the public with numerous hearings across the state. Now the work to collect the 113,000 signatures needed to make things a reality next year begins.

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Utah’s MMJ Patients Are Taking Decriminalization to the Polls

Utah is proof positive of a maxim in drug-policy reform: Never trust a lawmaker with medical cannabis. Utah medical marijuana patients just learned that the hard way — now they’re taking aim at the 2018 ballot.

Earlier this year, it appeared the Republican-controlled political establishment in Utah was ready to give medical cannabis some serious consideration. But rather than pass a medical marijuana law, lawmakers instead opted to merely allow universities to study the drug, before (maybe) considering allowing sick people to access it… sometime in the future.

This charade (a bait-and-switch by any other name) was derided by critics as a “dog and pony show,” particularly since federal law still makes cannabis extremely difficult to study.

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Mormons and Medical Marijuana: Utah’s Plan to Study Pot Goes Forward

Utah is a weird place. Coffee and alcohol are hard to come by, but in a state where politicians measure each other in shades of conservative, more and more Republicans are pushing for access to medical marijuana.

Utah lawmakers pushed hard to legalize medical marijuana this year, but a combination of uncertainty over what President Donald Trump’s administration planned to do and plain, old delay-and-obstruct tactics delayed the issue. But things are moving forward again after a plan to spend this year “studying” medical marijuana advanced to Gov. Gary Herbert’s desk for his signature.

And its only opponents are some of the state’s lone Democrats, who say that the plan is an unnecessary delay tactic—and that more than enough to justify legalizing medical cannabis is already known.

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State Police: Drug Traffickers Are Getting Lazy

While it was once took an elaborate scheme to run drugs across the United States without being swallowed by a pounding fear that you, or a nervous crew member, might be eaten alive by a snarling pack of overzealous cops—it appears times have changed.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, it is now easier for the long arm of the law to bring the hammer down on illegal drug smugglers because, somewhere along the way, the charge of the old fashion dope mule got lazy. Now, these fiends are taking little to no precaution to diminish their chances of ending up face down along a stretch of highway with a gun jammed in their backs before being cuffed and carted off to the local slammer.

In just two weeks, troopers scouring the Utah highways have uncovered 110 pounds of meth, 75 pounds of marijuana, two pounds of hash, five pounds of heroin, 79 grams of prescription narcotics and a pistol, reports Fox 13.

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