By Derrick Stanley
Advocates in Utah are frustrated over the failure of the state's medical marijuana bill, and have promised to bring the issue back up for voters with a ballot initiative, and to target the jobs of legislators who prevented the bill's passage.
Christine Stenquist, President and Co-Founder of TRUCE (Together for the Responsible Use of Cannabis), said, "Patients are going to go after seats. We’re going to go after those votes.”
Stenquist said it's too late to meet the requirements to bring forward a ballot initiative this year, Fox 13 News in Salt Lake City reported. She said her group plans to form a political action committee to target seats in the Capitol held by politicians blocking medical marijuana. "We have tried legislatively and they won’t listen,” she said.
Amanda Ellis-Graham, a medical marijuana user for two and a half years, was with Stenquist on the Capitol steps after Senate Bill 73 was voted out. “I was in a wheelchair for about four to five years. Housebound in a wheelchair,” said Ellis-Graham, who has battled multiple sclerosis for 18 years.
Ellis-Graham says that medical marijuana is the reason she is walking today, but she has to buy her cannabis illegally in Utah. “It’s very sad to think that I might have to leave my own state where I grew up, where my family is, so I’m not a criminal,” she said.
Medical marijuana is currently legal in twenty-three states.