Mormon Campaign Attempts to Block Utah MMJ Ballot Measure

Members of a campaign funded by Mormon attorney Walter J. Plumb filed a lawsuit in Utah state court on Wednesday in an attempt to remove a measure legalizing medical cannabis from the November ballot, according to a Salt Lake Tribune report. The ballot measure would legalize cannabis use for only specific chronic illnesses like cancer and HIV, […]

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Utah Lawsuit Seeks to Block MMJ Ballot Initiative

Medical cannabis opponents in Utah have filed an emergency motion to block the ballot initiative from November ballots, the Associated Press reports. The plaintiffs of the lawsuit argue that the proposal, organized by the Utah Patients Coalition, would break federal law. The lawsuit, filed by Drug Safe Utah, names Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox as the […]

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Salt Lake County, Utah DA Plans to Vote ‘Yes’ on MMJ Ballot Initiative

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has indicated he will vote in favor of the ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis in Utah, the Deseret News reports. The support comes as Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Medical Association strongly oppose the reforms. “This is not about recreational marijuana, that is not what I […]

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Utah Medical Association Opposes MMJ Ballot Initiative Citing Recreational-Use Fears

The Utah Medical Association has come out in opposition of the ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis in the state, saying that the initiative’s supporters are “misrepresenting and misappropriating” the position of the medical profession in the state, according to a Salt Lake Tribune report. “This initiative is not about medicine. … Supporters have used images […]

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Utah Gov. Will Not Support MMJ Ballot Initiative

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will not support the Utah Patients Coalition-led medical cannabis ballot initiative, saying that the legislature’s HB.197 “promotes medical science and public safety in ways absent from [the] initiative petition,” according to a KUTV report. The legislature-approved bill requires the state Department of Agriculture and Food to cultivate and process cannabis for academic […]

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Utah Advocates Have Enough Signatures to Put MMJ Question to Voters

Utah voters will likely have a chance to consider legalizing medical cannabis this November, according to a Fox13 report. The Utah Patients Coalition told the station that county clerks have verified 120,000 signatures, while the Lt. Governor’s Office has verified another 117,000 – far exceeding the 160,000 signatures required to put the issue to voters. […]

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Utah Senate Advances MMJ Bill for Terminally Ill to Final Reading; Passage Likely

Utah’s Senate has given preliminary approval to a “right to try” medical cannabis bill that would allow patients with less than six months to live access to medical cannabis products, Deseret News reports. The measure has already passed the House 22-4 and was advanced to a final reading by the Senate. The reform package includes […]

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Utah House Passes Measure Allowing Ag Department to Grow MMJ

The Utah House has passed a measure allowing the state Agriculture Department to grow cannabis for medical and research purposes, according to NPR-affiliate KUER. The measure just met the minimum of 38 votes required to pass the chamber; 32 were opposed. The measure was championed in the House by Republican Rep. Brad Daw, who said […]

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Report: Utah Lawmakers Considering Adopting MMJ Bill with Language Tying Rollout to Fed Policy

According to a Utah Policy report, state lawmakers may attempt to stymie activists’ efforts to legalize cannabis for medical use by adopting the same language in the ballot proposal as a bill but including language that would prevent the measure from taking effect until the federal government reclassifies cannabis as a Schedule IV drug. The move […]

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Utah Regulators Cracking Down on CBD Sales

Utah’s Bureau of Investigation and Department of Health is probing retail CBD sales in the state and has seized products from businesses throughout the state, according to a Salt Lake Tribune report. Department of Public Safety Spokesman Lt. Todd Royce indicated retailers are required to have Health Department permission to sell CBD products. “It’s not […]

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A Third Utah Poll Finds Strong Support for MMJ Access

A new poll by Utah Policy is the latest to find overwhelming support for medical cannabis in the state, with 73 percent of respondents supporting reforms and 23 percent opposed. By the numbers: 47 percent “strongly” supported medical cannabis access, and 26 percent “somewhat” supported reforms; compared to 13 percent who “strongly” opposed, and 10 […]

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Poll: MMJ Overwhelmingly Popular in Utah

A new poll from UtahPolicy.com has found that 74 percent of Utahns support the petition bid to legalize medical cannabis use in the state, with 63 percent of “very active” Mormons supporting the measure. A “very active Mormon” is considered someone who attends church regularly and pays tithing; 80 percent of the state legislature’s 104 […]

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Utah Demands Retailers Stop Selling Pet Food Containing Hemp

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has sent warning letters to 27 Utah companies asking them to stop selling pet food containing hemp, according to a KSL TV report. The letters asked the producers for “voluntary compliance in recalling previously distributed products and refraining from future sales of hemp and hemp products in the […]

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Poll: Utah Citizens Overwhelmingly Back Medical Cannabis Legalization

A supermajority of Utah citizens – 78 percent – support the medical cannabis ballot initiative being circulated by advocates in the state, according to a Dan Jones & Associates poll commissioned by the Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute of Politics. The campaign is headed by the Utah Patients Coalition who need to collect […]

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Well-Known Utah Philanthropist Backs MMJ

As advocates in Utah have begun their bid to put a medical cannabis ballot initiative to voters in 2018, well-known philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. has come out in support of medical cannabis therapies, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. His son, Jon Huntsman Jr. is the former governor of Utah and recently accepted a position in […]

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Utah Ag. Department Considering Expanding Hemp Research to Farmers

Utah’s Agricultural Advisory Board has given initial approval for a new rule that would allow some farmers to grow hemp for research purposes, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The state Department of Agriculture and Food still needs to approve that program, which would allow farmers to submit a research plan for state approval and obtain […]

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LDS Church Weighs in on Utah MMJ Ballot Push

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has weighed in on the push to put a medical cannabis ballot question to Utah voters next year. In a statement to FOX 13, the church said they believe “that society is best served by requiring marijuana to go through further research and the FDA approval process […]

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Utah Advocates Pushing to Put MMJ to Voters in 2018

Advocates in Utah hoping to put a comprehensive medical cannabis question to voters in 2018 have begun the petitioning process, basing the language of their initiative on legislation that died before lawmakers last year, the Daily Herald reports. Although smoking would be prohibited under the measure, it would allow whole-plant access. Currently, the state permits […]

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Utah Gov. Signs MMJ Research Bill

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, has signed a bill that allows research into the benefits and risks of medical cannabis after the legislature failed to pass comprehensive reforms during the session, the Associated Press reports. The proposal has the support of the Utah Medical Association, which has pushed for more research before the state […]

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Utah Advocates Prepping for 2018 Ballot Push for MMJ Expansion

Advocates in Utah are gearing up for a push to put a comprehensive medical cannabis question to voters in 2018 after state lawmakers failed to pass any reforms to the state’s limited regime during the legislative session, according to a Fox 13 report. The efforts will be led by Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis […]

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Spouse of Utah Gubernatorial Candidate Facing Misdemeanor Drug Charges

A prosecutor in Utah plans to file misdemeanor drug charges against Donna Weinholtz, wife of Democratic candidate for governor Mike Weinholtz, following an investigation that uncovered nearly 2 pounds of cannabis at the couple’s home, the Associated Press reports. Mike Weinholtz said that his wife uses cannabis to treat pain caused by degenerative spinal conditions […]

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Two-thirds of Utahns Support Medical Cannabis

Citizens in Utah would overwhelmingly support a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in the state, according to a UtahPolicy poll released Wednesday.   Sixty-six percent polled support access to doctor-prescribed medical cannabis; compared to just 28 percent opposed. Earlier this year the legislature failed to pass a medical marijuana bill and now the issue […]

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Utah Lawmakers Kill Effort to Expand State’s CBD Law

Utah lawmakers voted on Thursday to kill a bill that would have expanded the state’s CBD consumption laws, The Associated Press reports. This is the second and final medical cannabis reform effort blocked in Utah this week, meaning that Utah will not be updating its marijuana laws this year: earlier this week, lawmakers blocked a law […]

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Utah Medical Cannabis Advocates and Patients Target Legislators’ Seats

In the wake of the failure of SB 73, Utah’s whole-plant medical cannabis bill, frustrated patients and medical cannabis advocates have decided to take a more aggressive approach in pushing their compassionate agenda. They’re going after lawmakers’ jobs. Christine Stenquist, President of TRUCE (Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education), said that “patients are going […]

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