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Group hoping to put medical marijuana on ballot can begin collecting signatures

Group hoping to put medical marijuana on ballot can begin collecting signatures (File photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) The work can begin to get doctor-approved, legalized medical marijuana on the ballot for Utah voters.

To give Utahns the chance to approve the law-change for the state, the group pushing for a ballot initiative will need to collect the 113,000 signatures from registered Utah voters.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox granted approval Thursday, according to the Utah Patients Coalition, allowing the group begin gathering the required signatures.

"We plan to gather the first signatures by next week and be finished prior to the 2018 legislative session in January," DJ Schanz, with the Utah Patients Coalition said. "Our volunteers -- many of them patients or caregivers themselves -- have been ready and eagerly waiting."

Medical marijuana isn't a new concept to Utah lawmakers, but after a failed bid to legalize in 2016, and no action taken by the Utah Legislature in 2017, Utah Patients Coalition decided to make it an issue for voters to decide for themselves.

In 2014, cannabidiol, which directed by a doctor, was legalized in Utah.

In 2015 and 2016 The Medical Cannabis Act, sponsored by Senator Mark Madsen, was considered by lawmakers. In 2016, the Utah Senate approved a bill that would have allowed doctor-approved medical marijuana for health issues such as epilepsy, cancer, some chronic pain and PTSD. publicly

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opposed the bill publicly, and it was defeated in Utah's House. Other religious leaders supported the effort.

Polls taken shortly after the LDS church's public opposition said more than 60 percent of Utah citizens favor the change.

Patients and caregivers said it makes a significant improvement in their lives. Colorado and Nevada, Utah's neighboring states, have

The full text of the proposed law is below.



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