At a public forum last week, candidates for Salt Lake County sheriff indicated they would defend medical cannabis if approved by voters next year. In another sign that medical cannabis is gaining broad support across the state, all but one the law enforcement officials said they believe that medical cannabis should be legal for severely ill patients.

Fred Ross, chief of Utah Transit Authority’s police force, told the audience of more than 100 people, “I am the father of four. If anyone of them needed it to increase the betterment of their lives, I’d give up my gun and my badges to make sure they had the right treatment.”

Following the resignation of Sheriff Jim Winder, the Salt Lake County Democratic Party’s Central Committee must choose an interim sheriff as a replacement. 

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