The campaign to place a medical cannabis initiative on the November 2018 ballot will hold a news conference on Thursday to announce the official launch of signature gathering efforts. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. MT at the Gallivan Center, featuring campaign leaders, patients, and supporters. Volunteers will begin collecting signatures in downtown Salt Lake City immediately following the event.
The Utah Medical Cannabis Act received approval from Lt. Governor Spencer Cox on August 10 to begin gathering signatures after supporters held 10 public hearings across the state and met with various state departments and stakeholders. More than 113,000 valid signatures are required to qualify for the ballot.
The initiative would allow patients with certain qualifying conditions to legally and safely access medical cannabis with the recommendation of their doctor. It limits the number of dispensaries and cultivators, allows local zoning for medical cannabis facilities, prohibits using medical cannabis in public view, maintains the illegality of driving while intoxicated, and closely mirrors the legislation passed by the Utah Senate in 2016. Home cultivation and smoking medical cannabis would not be permitted. The full text of the initiative is available at utahpatients.org/initiative and a summary is available at utahpatients.org/initiative/summary.
WHAT: News conference to launch the Utah Patients Coalition’s signature drive to place a medical cannabis initiative on the 2018 ballot
WHEN: Thursday, August 17, 10:30 a.m. MT
WHERE: Gallivan Center, 239 Main Street, Salt Lake City
WHO: DJ Sanz, campaign co-director
Alex Iorg, campaign manager
Patients and supporters
The Utah Patients Coalition is a political campaign committee formed to support a 2018 ballot initiative to establish a comprehensive medical cannabis program in Utah.