Robert Gehrke of The Salt Lake Tribune is taking the Utah legislature to task for attempting to derail citizen-initiated efforts like our campaign to legalize medical cannabis. After years of refusing to provide relief to patients and doing nothing, some lawmakers are protesting against our initiative and claiming the legislative process is a better path to medical cannabis.
In the piece, Gehrke quotes Christine Stenquist a strong ally of our coalition:
“We’ve come to [the legislature] year after year after year, asking for help, and they’ve slapped our hands down when we were begging for crumbs,” said Christine Stenquist, president of the group Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education, or TRUCE. “Now they want to come in and say, ‘You don’t know what you’re doing. We can do it better.’ They’ve lost that opportunity.”
We completely agree with Christine and Gehrke. Legislators have had plenty of time to take action. Because they have refused to heed the pleas of patient advocates and the will of the people of Utah, they have forfeited their credibility on this issue. As Gehrke writes, “when the Legislature completely fails to do its job, then the initiative is the only way remaining for voters to be heard.”