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Utah: Poll of Likely Voters Shows 73% Support for a Medical Cannabis Ballot Initiative

Utah Medical Marijuana Poll - February 2017

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

A February poll of 402 Utahns found that 73% of voters support a medical cannabis ballot initiative, with only 20% opposed and 7% undecided.

“The poll results show overwhelming and broad support for medical cannabis in Utah,” said DJ Schanz, director of Utah Patients Coalition, a political campaign committee formed to support a 2018 ballot initiative to establish a medical cannabis program in Utah. “Voters believe that patients should be able to safely and legally access the medicine they need.”

Utah: Advocates Plan To Boot Out Lawmakers Who Voted No For Medical Marijuana

Advocates plan to vote out lawmakers that said no to medical marijuana.

By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

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.

Utah: Video Of Mormon Mom Who Used Cannabis During Pregnancy Goes Viral


Drug Policy Project of Utah has started an eight-week web series to raise awareness about how local residents are using cannabis to help with serious health issues all while having to contend with the fact that they are breaking state and federal laws.

Christine Stenquist, president of Drug Policy Project of Utah, said that the web series will feature the experiences of Utahans who have used medical cannabis.

Stenquist suffered through two decades of her life with chronic debilitating pain, nausea and vertigo caused by a brain tumor and fibromyalgia. She tried nearly 30 different medications and was bedridden for 15 years.

Stenquist began using cannabis therapies and is now pharmaceutical-free and active in her life again. “Utahans deserve safe access to the relief provided by cannabis medicines,” she said. “I don’t want anyone else to have to give up 20 years of their life because of bad policy."

The first video in the series at featuring a Utah Mormon and mother of five, attracted lots of attention on the Internet. In the video, Tenille Farr tells how she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma last summer when she was pregnant with her fifth son, Gabe.

Utah: Medical Marijuana Bill Moving Forward


Bill Passes Senate Judiciary Committee, Heads to Senate Floor Next Week

Utah is the latest 'red' state to consider medical marijuana. Utah's Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would allow for the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The bill is expected to go to the Senate floor early next week.

Senate Bill 259, from Sen. Mark B. Madsen, would create a state registry of medical marijuana patients who could possess and use marijuana. The bill would also direct the state of Utah to issue licenses for cultivators, processors, and dispensaries to qualified patients.

“I am one step closer to legal access to my medicine,” said Christine Stenquist, a medical marijuana patient and executive director of Drug Policy Project of Utah. “Our elected leaders have an opportunity to help sick patients find relief and there is no excuse not to.”

“If medical marijuana can advance in Utah – with significant support from Mormons in and out of the legislature – it can advance anywhere in the U.S.,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). “Medicine is medicine, regardless of one’s politics, faith or views about drugs.”

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