Medical marijuana initiative will not go forward this year

A ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana will not be an option for Utah voters this year, or next.

After neither medical marijuana bill even managed to make it to the House floor, many were expecting the promised initiative to be on the ballot for voters this coming November.

But the initiative, which will look similar to the failed Senate Bill 73, sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, had to be pushed back to 2018.

In the aftermath of the legislative session, even many marijuana patients and advocates were confused about why the bills were killed, and what the next steps are for those who want to legalize the drug for medical purposes.

Medical marijuana patients gathered on Saturday to get answers from representatives from Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE) and Libertas Institute about what the next steps are in the fight to legalize medical marijuana.

Many of the approximately 50 attendees were concerned with why the ballot initiative is no longer on the table for this year.

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