According to the latest data released by the Lt. Gov.’s office, the Utah Medical Cannabis Act has now achieved a sufficient number of signatures in enough districts to be officially certified for the November ballot.
“The Utah Patients Coalition is grateful for the support and efforts offered by the thousands of Utahns who helped collect signatures,” said DJ Schanz, the campaign manager, “and the nearly 200,000 Utahns who signed in support of the Utah Medical Cannabis Act.”
“A vast majority of our neighbors stand ready to change the law so patients and physicians can consider cannabis as an option, especially as an alternative to opioids and pharmaceuticals,” Schanz continued. “This plant can help those suffering from conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, autism, PTSD, AIDS, MS, ALS, Crohn’s, chronic pain and more — and after a successful vote in November, thousands of Utahns suffering from these conditions will no longer have to fear punishment from their government simply because they are looking for relief and healing.”
“Many physicians throughout the state are eager to have medical cannabis available as a legal option for our patients,” noted Dr. Dan Cottam, a medical advisor for the Utah Patients Coalition and member of the Utah Medical Association. “Our patients should not be treated like criminals merely because they’re trying to be more healthy.”
The Utah Patients Coalition appreciates the efforts of Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox and the elections department staff for their cooperation throughout the process and their ability to work in an efficient and professional manner. We also express our gratitude to each of the county clerks and their staff who spent many hours validating each and every signature submitted to their office over the last seven months. They deserve more than our thanks — they deserve a vacation!
For more details about the Utah Medical Cannabis Act or to support the campaign, visit www.utahpatients.org.
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.
Source: Utah Patients Coalition press release