Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

An initiative campaign is getting underway in Utah, Florida’s governor signs medical marijuana implementation into law, and more.

Arkansas

Monday, the state announced it will begin accepting medical marijuana applications this week. The state Medical Marijuana Commission will begin accepting applications from potential medical marijuana growers and distributors as of this Friday, while the state Health Department will begin accepting applications from patients the same day.

Florida

Last Friday, the governor signed medical marijuana implementation bills into law. Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Senate Bill 6A and Senate Bill 8A, which formalize the voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana in the state and set up regulations for the new industry.

Utah

Monday, advocates began a medical marijuana initiative campaign. Medical marijuana supporters organized as the Utah Patients Coalition delivered a proposed initiative to the lieutenant governor’s office. Frustrated by the state legislature’s refusal to enact a medical marijuana law, the coalition wants to take the issue directly to voters. To qualify for the November 2018 ballot, supporters must hold at least 7 public hearings around the state and collect 113,000 valid voter signatures. The measure would not allow smoking medical cannabis and the number of medical marijuana facilities would be limited. It creates a list of specified qualifying conditions.

Tuesday, a new poll showed strong support for medical marijuana, even among Mormons. Just a day after the Utah Patient Coalition took initial steps to put an initiative on the November 2018 ballot, a poll it sponsored showed that 73% of Utah voters support the initiative, with only 20% opposed. Support came from all demographic groups, including active Mormons, 63% of whom said they were in favor.

Also Tuesday, the Mormon Church came out in opposition to the initiative. The powerful Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has come out in opposition to a medical marijuana initiative filed this week by the Utah Patients Coalition. The church acknowledged ongoing interest in medical cannabis and said it supported further research but argued that approval of medical cannabis should come after “the FDA approval process that all other drugs must go through before they are prescribed to patients.”

For extensive information about the medical cannabis debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org

By Phillip Smith

Paul Ebeling, Editor

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