First, the group began using allegedly “Deceptive” tactics to convince voters who signed the petition to rescind their support.
Blake Ostler, attorney for Drug Safe Utah, argues that the initiative will allow the cannabis industry to exploit residents of the state. “This is not in the medical interest of those who need medical marijuana if there are appropriate uses that can be designated.”
This week, Ostler’s group dropped the lawsuit, clearing the path for the ballot measure to appear before voters in November.
The fight is far from over, however. Ostler said that if voters did approve the law, he would consider suing to overturn the measure. The attorney argued that Utahns were essentially being tricked into supporting the measure, as he apparently believes they’re not capable of making an informed decision on the matter. “They’re getting media reports about what this does and making decisions about it.”
A recent poll found that a majority of Utah voters support legal medical cannabis, but political, medical, religious, and law enforcement leaders in the state are generally united against the measure. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which counts around two-thirds of the state’s population among its members, also strongly opposes the measure. “This is a Republican state, a conservative state and a moderate Republican governor and a very conservative Republican legislature are opposed to it,” he said. “And then there’s the LDS church that’s involved. For some people I think that position is going to be definitive.”
Schanz said that he intends to continue his fight to generate public support for the measure, and campaigners will focus on restrictions included in the initiative, particularly the fact that it will not allow smokable medical marijuana. “That’s something that Utahns have a high aversion to; not so much the rest of the country.” Schanz said he would also share the stories of several LDS church members who have used medical cannabis to treat ailments, in order to draw support from their peers.