On Monday, the Utah Patients Coalition officially launched its 2018 medical cannabis ballot campaign and delivered their proposed initiative to the lieutenant governor’s office. Dozens of patient advocates gathered for a press event at the State Capitol to share moving personal stories that underscore the urgent need for safe access to medical cannabis in Utah.
(Click the image above to see local news coverage of the campaign kickoff event)
After several years of inaction in the state legislature, medical cannabis advocates are taking the issue directly to the voters. Christine Stenquist, President and co-founder of TRUCE (Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education) told reporters, "This is our opportunity to finally do something.”
You can see more local stories about the campaign kickoff here:
- Yes to medical marijuana in Utah, no to smoking it: Here’s how supporters envision legalization (June 26, 2017, Salt Lake City Tribune)
Once the initiative is reviewed and approved by the lieutenant governor, the Utah Patients Coalition will hold seven public hearings throughout the state and collect at least 113,143 signatures needed to put the initiative on the ballot in November of 2018. The campaign aims to have the signatures gathered by January 1, 2018, long before the April 15 deadline. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up to help collect signatures.
You can watch a video of the entire press conference here.