Vast Majority of Utah Voters Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Vast Majority of Utah Voters Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana

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The vast majority of Utah voters support legalizing medical marijuana. According to a new poll by UtahPolicy.com, approximately 73% of registered Utah voters either strongly or somewhat support legalizing medical marijuana in the state.

Of the 600 voters surveyed, approximately 23% either strongly or somewhat oppose medical marijuana, while another 4% are unsure of where they stand on the issue.

For the respondents that consider themselves “very active” in the Mormon church, a driving political force in Utah, approximately 61% expressed support for medical marijuana, with only 35% in opposition.

The latest results closely mirror other polls released throughout the year that show similar levels of support.

Speaking with Desert News, DJ Schanz, director of the Utah Patients Coalition, said that the results were “not surprising at all.”

“It’s in line with exactly what’s been coming back the past year or so, with Utahns overwhelmingly supporting medical cannabis,” Schanz said. “(Utahns) realize that this just isn’t an ethereal solution, but it’s a very tangible solution to many of their problems, and many of these people know folks who have success using cannabis for treating their conditions.”

The Utah Patients Coalition is currently gathering signatures for a 2018 ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in the state and has collected approximately 75,000 of the 113,143 required signatures so far.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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