Data from the state Lt. Governor’s Office shows that the UPC collected over 200,000 signatures, and has validated a sufficient number of signatures in 27 districts. The state has legalized the sale of hemp-derived CBD oils, as long as they are tested and labeled under state regulations. More comprehensive forms of medical cannabis are only available to terminally ill patients who have six or fewer months to live. The state also enacted a limited law allowing limited cultivation and production of cannabis just for these terminally ill patients, but final sales of these products are a long way off.
The UPC’s ballot measure would enact a much more comprehensive medical cannabis program, allowing patients to obtain up to two ounces of cannabis from a licensed dispensary every two weeks. The initiative would also allow patients who live more than 100 miles from a dispensary to grow up to six plants. The initiative would still prohibit the smoking of medical cannabis, however.
The petition drew immediate opposition from Gov. Herbert, who has vowed to oppose the measure. Php/features/insider-surveys/16470-political-insiders-split-on-how-lds-church-opposition-will-affect-medical-cannabis-proposal”>they will oppose the ballot measure. Php/features/insider-surveys/16470-political-insiders-split-on-how-lds-church-opposition-will-affect-medical-cannabis-proposal”>UtahPolicy found that 80% of Republicans said they believed that opposition from the LDS Church would decrease the chances of the ballot measure’s success. Democrats disagreed, with 56% of those polled believing that the Church’s’ opposition would not dampen support for legalization.