Opponents Sue to Block Medical Marijuana from Going on November Ballot in Utah

Opponents Sue to Block Medical Marijuana from Going on November Ballot in Utah

Drug Safe Utah sued Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, making a long list of arguments about why the ballot initiative should not be approved.

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May 21, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY — Opponents of the medical marijuana ballot initiative have filed a lawsuit to block it from going on the November ballot.

Drug Safe Utah, also listed in the lawsuit as Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Utah, sued Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, making a long list of arguments about why the ballot initiative should not be approved. It also alleges he cannot approve the medical cannabis ballot initiative because it would violate federal anti-marijuana laws. FOX 13 obtained a copy of the lawsuit and a motion for an emergency restraining order on Friday.

“The individual Plaintiffs are Utah citizens, parents and grandparents, bringing this suit to prevent the harm to Utah’s safety as well as the health of their children and grandchildren from legalization of marijuana in violation of federal law and the federal and Utah Constitutions,” the motion for an injunction states.

“Even more importantly, the Plaintiffs claim the constitutional protections of the United States and Utah Constitutions as well as of the rights conferred on them as taxpayers and voters who will be affected by the adverse effects of the Marijuana Initiative, which will increase abuse, dependency, and prevent the orderly administration of criminal drug laws and increase the number of car accidents and costs arising from adverse effects of using marijuana.”

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