The ever-conservative Utah has joined the list of over 30 states that now allow patients legal access to medical marijuana. This comes after the plan maintained a vote lead in Friday tabulations. However, the measure looks as though it will be revised after a compromise that won was agreed upon by influential Mormon church leaders.
The Mormon leaders feared that the legalization of medical marijuana could lead to broader use but have finally agreed to the deal after months of heated debate. The law will be changed to stop the sale of cannabis edibles, over fears that they may appeal to children. The change will also stop people from being able to grow their own marijuana if they live out of range of a dispensary.
The state has previously been under pressure by various conservative groups looking to keep the state’s ban on cannabis in place. Organisations such as Utah Chiefs of Police Association, Utah Medical Association and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which encompass a vast amount of the states population, have finally been pushed back, showing that the population can clearly think for itself, according to DJ Schanz, director of the group that put the proposition on the ballot.
“We’re excited that these sick and ailing patients will finally be able to find relief without being criminalized in Utah,” said Schanz, director of the Utah Patients Coalition. “This a big message that Utahns are compassionate people … that people can think and vote autonomously.”
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