LAWMAKERS IN UTAH FINALLY SECURES COMPROMISE FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA PLAN
- December 4, 2018
Needless to say, the State of Utah has definitely has been hobbling down a rocky road this year, and one of the most confusing cases has extended past the 2018 midterm election, when voters officially approved medical cannabis. However, the ultimate decision was not as “ultimate” as the public thought. It seemed that, from the beginning, Utah was destined for a slippery, frostbitten descent into the pro-marijuana community. From the beginning of the Beehive State’s exploration of medical marijuana, the Mormon Church voiced overwhelming support for the notion, only to set up a slew of barricades due to controversies with Proposition 2. Later, lawmakers updated the voter-approved program to a more restricted network. Now, advocates of the little green plants have exploded into a fragrant firestorm of anger over the Church’s countless acts of interference. Has anything changed since then? Let’s take a closer look at how lawmakers in Utah have finally secured a compromise for a medical marijuana plan.
Yesterday, December 3, 2018, Utah lawmakers enacted big-time changes to the voter-approved medical marijuana ballot measure. Ultimately, these changes took place on the grounds of receiving favor from the Mormon Church, but, in the end, advocates of the fragrant herb are far from happy. Overall, ballot supporters praised the government’s changes, claiming this new action would allow patients to find relief and protect the public from broad, casual pot use.
Greg Hughes, a Republican House speaker, explained that this vote marked a historic moment for the State of Utah and is confident these reformed policies will protect the public. (Initially, the changes were announced prior to Election Day and, as predicted, won backing from the Mormon Church).
Still Threatening to Sue
In the wake of previous activity, the pro-marijuana groups have threatened to sue the government in a gutsy attempt to block this compromise from taking effect. According to these people, the new deal only places tighter restrictions on patients and does not protect them in the least. Rocky Anderson (an attorney who represents these pro-pot groups) has explained that this shows Utah’s complete disregard to public opinion and freedom.
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