FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT – Before the start of the Special Session of the Utah Legislature to consider changes or corrections to the recently-passed medical cannabis measure, Alliance for a Better Utah urged lawmakers to the respect the will of the people.
Last week, the organization launched “PropWatch,” a project to inform voters of any efforts to change the propositions and to facilitate taking action and getting involved. As of Monday morning, over 700 Utahns have used the first action alert to email their state lawmakers with a request that they only make small technical adjustments to the medical cannabis law, rather than large policy changes.
“Last month, the people voted. Lawmakers should respect those votes,” said Chase Thomas, executive director of Better Utah. “We stand with the voters of Utah and will be watching to see which legislators listen to the voices of their constituents.
“We strongly urge state lawmakers to honor the will of the people on medical cannabis legislation. Regardless of their personal policy preferences, lawmakers should respect that a majority of voters approved Proposition 2. Voters were not at the table to negotiate this compromise, and the negative public sentiment shows strong opposition to it.
“The large number of propositions on the ballot in 2018 were an indicator of the lack of trust the public has in the Legislature to represent their interests. The Legislature should not further destroy that trust today.”
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.