A new poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates shows strong support for medical marijuana legalization in the state of Utah. According to UtahPolicy.com, 77 percent “strongly” or “somewhat” favor legalizing medical marijuana statewide.
Additionally, the poll indicated strong support for the legalization of medical marijuana across the political spectrum, as well as broad support from Utah’s religious groups.
Utah’s legislature passed a law, HB 195, that would grant a right to try medical marijuana for the terminally ill. Governor Herbert signed the bill into law. The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Senator Evan J. Vickers who represents the Washington County in District 28.
The Utah Patients Coalition is heading a movement to bring the issue before voters in a ballot initiative which, if passed, would place Utah among the 29 other states that allow medical marijuana.
Governor Herbert has voiced his opposition to the initiative. According to the Associated Press, Governor Herbert fears that the initiative, “would potentially open the door to recreational use.”
Arizona legalized medical marijuana in 2010 through a ballot initiative. During the 2016 election cycle, a bid to legalize recreational marijuana failed by a slim margin. A group called Safer Arizona is gathering signatures to put the issue before voters again in November of 2018.
For more information, visit UtahPolicy and UtahPatients below.