Utah Lt. Governor, Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative Supporters Ask Judge to Toss Lawsuit

Utah Lt. Governor, Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative Supporters Ask Judge to Toss Lawsuit

Advocates want the voters to have their say before any judicial order is made in court.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Lt. Governor Spencer Cox and the sponsors of a ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis in Utah are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit over whether it can go before voters in November.

In court filings late Wednesday obtained by FOX 13, the Utah Patients Coalition asked the judge to dismiss a lawsuit against Lt. Governor Spencer Cox by the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Utah (also known as Drug Safe Utah). The Utah Attorney General’s Office, representing the Lt. Governor also argued for its dismissal.

“Plaintiffs ask this Court to declare the Utah Medical Cannabis Act ballot initiative unconstitutional before it becomes law or is even put to a vote,” assistant Utah Attorney General David Wolf wrote. “Plaintiffs lack standing because they have not been injured by the mere presence of the Initiative on the ballot. Plaintiffs’ claims are not ripe because the voters may reject the Initiative.”

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