According to the latest Utah Policy report, at least 3/4 of Utahns support the legalization of medical marijuana.
“The Utah Legislature has failed most Utahns when it comes to legalizing the non-smoking use of medical marijuana for treatment of several diseases and chronic pain,” Utah Policy said.
According to an online political newsletter by Dan Jones & Associates, poll shows that 77% of adults “strongly” or “somewhat” favor the legalization of medical marijuana. And only 21% of Utahns oppose legalization of medical cannabis, wile 3 percent don’t know.
“A citizen initiative petition on medical cannabis use is moving forward towards the November election,” Utah Policy reports. You can read the petition here.
Also, Jones finds that two-thirds of “very active” Mormons support legalization.
That’s interesting because Mormon leaders have specifically opposed legalizing medical cannabis at this time – meaning 66 percent of very active Mormons are going against the wishes of their own church leaders on the issue. Thirty percent of active Mormons are opposed.
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Jones interviewed 609 adults from Feb. 9-16. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.
Finally, this is an election year for the Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Three GOP U.S. House members openly don’t support medical marijuana now – but Rep. Rob Bishop has introduced a bill to allow more research on the drug.
The legislation, Bishop said, allows scientists and researchers to get at those answers in a responsible way that isn’t hindered by unnecessary roadblocks. The bill has the backing of Utah’s three other U.S. House members.
However, Rep. Mia Love in the 4th District does support legalization.
She is in a tight race with Democrat Ben Adams the Mayor of Salt Lake County and some good Love has come around on the issue, because in the 4th District voters like medical marijuana, 80-16 percent.