FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2, 2018
CONTACT: Katie Matheson | Alliance for a Better Utah
BETTER UTAH CAUTIONS AGAINST SABOTAGING MEDICAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVE
Salt Lake City, UT – In light of the recent news that Utah legislators intend to undercut the Utah Patients Coalition’s medical marijuana initiative, Alliance for a Better Utah is cautioning legislators against directly contravening the will of the people.
“It’s too little, too late,” said Chase Thomas, Better Utah’s policy and advocacy counsel. “The Legislature has had ample time to address the issue of medical marijuana. This effort is nothing more than a blatant attempt to undermine the will of the people.”
“Year after year, suffering Utahns have gone up to the Capitol to testify of the relief medical marijuana would bring into their lives. Their pleas went unheeded,” continued Thomas. “Now, polls continue to show an overwhelming majority of Utahns support answering those pleas. We urge legislators to respect the voice of their constituents in this matter.”
In early January, the Utah Patients Coalition announced they were well on their way to meeting the required signature threshold, having already gathered 85,000 signatures. A recent poll from the Salt Lake Tribune showed that 76% of voters support legalizing medical marijuana, signaling the odds in favor of the ballot initiative passing.
Alliance for a Better Utah is a good government advocacy and watchdog organization based in Salt Lake City. The organization works to improve the lives of all Utahns by ensuring balance, transparency, and accountability in Utah politics, policy, and government. More information at www.betterutah.org.