medical marijuana

House Democratic Leadership Responds to Medical Marijuana Compromise Press Conference by Reaffirming Their Commitment to Vote in Favor of Proposition 2

For Immediate Release: 
October 4, 2018

Contact:         
Nick Frederick, Staff Director
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(801) 326-1503 | nfrederick@le.utah.gov 

House Democratic Leadership Responds to Medical Marijuana Compromise Press Conference by Reaffirming Their Commitment to Vote in Favor of Proposition 2

SALT LAKE CITY – Today leadership of the Utah House of Representatives Democratic Caucus responded to the compromise medical marijuana bill by reaffirming their intent to vote for Proposition 2 on the ballot this November.

“It is good that there has been some movement on the issue among stakeholders, majority leadership in both chambers, and the Governor’s office,” said Rep. Brian King.  “But there is no final deal on medical marijuana because the process has not been inclusive. The public has been shut out of all conversations and is left with no choice but to voice their opinion through the ballot. Nothing I heard today changes my intention to vote in favor of Proposition 2."

“This is another attempt to undermine the voice of the people,” added Rep. Angela Romero. “We should let the people vote and then fully deliberate any marijuana bills in the 2019 Legislative Session with a full committee process and input from the public. I support medical marijuana in Utah and I support Proposition 2.”

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House Democrat Opens Medical Marijuana Bill File

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: 
September 10, 2018 

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

House Democrat Opens Medical Marijuana Bill File

SALT LAKE CITY – Today Representative Brian King (D-District 28) announced he opened a bill file titled "Medical Marijuana Modifications" for the 2019 General Session to serve as a method for the legislature to address the issue in the next session.   

“It may be that we need to make modifications to problematic aspects of Proposition 2, if it passes,” said Rep. King.  “Or we may need to put in place meaningful medical cannabis legislation if Proposition 2 fails. Many of those opposing Prop 2 have said they favor medical marijuana but not the specifics of the proposition. Regardless of the outcome, medical cannabis will continue to be an important public policy for Utahns.  I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to develop the best policy outcome possible for Utah patients."

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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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