Utah is the newest state that has opted to legalize medical marijuana according to the results from the midterm elections this past Tuesday.
According to NBC News and Salt Lake City’s local Fox affiliate, the state’s medical cannabis ballot measure was projected on Tuesday night as approved. The measure was leading by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent.
As part of the measure, qualified patients with physician approval would be issued state identification cards and be allowed to purchase two ounces of medical marijuana or products containing 10 grams of cannabidiol or tetrahydrocannabinol from a dispensary during any two-week period.
For those patients who do not live within 100 miles of a dispensary, they will be allowed to cultivate up to six cannabis plants in their home.
“The passage of Proposition 2 illustrates just how broad support has grown for medical marijuana in the U.S.,” said Matthew Schweich, deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).
“Even in socially conservative states like Utah, most voters recognize marijuana has significant medical value, and they believe it should be available to patients who could benefit from it.”
“It is our hope that Utah’s politicians will respect the will of the electorate and move swiftly to enact The Utah Medical Cannabis Act in a manner that comports with both the spirit of the law and the letter of law,” NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said.
Schweich remarked, “We supported the compromise legislation that was agreed to by the governor, legislative leaders, and some of our opponents because we wanted to ensure an effective medical cannabis law is enacted this year and doesn’t get delayed or torpedoed during the implementation process,” he said. “Now that the election is over, it’s time for Utah’s political leaders to uphold their promise and implement a workable medical cannabis law as soon as possible.”