House Democrats Support Utah Citizens' Right to Vote for Medical Marijuana

Media Statement

For Immediate Release:
August 23, 2018

Contact:         
Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(801) 326-1568 | rosschambless@le.utah.gov

House Democrats Support Utah Citizens' Right to Vote for Medical Marijuana

SALT LAKE CITY – Today the Utah House Democrats issued the following statement in response to today’s press conference voicing opposition to the Proposition 2 medical marijuana ballot initiative:

Utah House Democrats affirm their support for the citizen-driven ballot initiative process. The process of gathering over 150,000 valid signatures from Utahns has allowed this important policy conversation about medical marijuana to progress. The people of Utah should be allowed to decide whether or not this particular medical marijuana initiative goes too far.  It is clear that a significant portion of the public thinks the Utah Legislature has moved too slowly on the question of medical marijuana and they want their voices heard.  For years the Legislature has had its chance to pass meaningful legislation on this matter.  Now we must respect Utahns’ right to petition their government through ballot initiative.  

As legislators, we can either listen to the people, or expect more ballot initiatives from frustrated and disenfranchised voters in the future.  A significant number of Utahns support more choices in treating debilitating pain and other medical issues.  We appreciate concerns that it is not perfect, but if Proposition 2 passes, then the Legislature will still have the ability to modify and improve the legislation in the months and years afterward. 

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