Utah: Patients Coalition Launches 2018 Signature Drive for Medical Cannabis Initiative
Patients, advocates, and dedicated volunteers begin signature drive across the state
By Michael Bachara
The campaign to place a medical cannabis initiative on the November 2018 ballot has entered their signature gathering phase. The Utah Patients Coalition are collecting signatures throughout the state and are assembling teams on a daily basis. To qualify for the ballot, more than 113,000 valid signatures are required.
On August 10, the Utah Medical Cannabis Act received approval from Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to begin gathering signatures after supporters held 10 public hearings across the state and met with various state departments and stakeholders.
The initiative would allow patients with certain qualifying conditions to legally and safely access medical cannabis with the recommendation of their doctor. It limits the number of dispensaries and cultivators, allows local zoning for medical cannabis facilities, prohibits using medical cannabis in public view and closely mirrors the legislation passed by the Utah Senate in 2016. Per the proposal, home cultivation and smoking medical cannabis would not be permitted.
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