Utah Medical Marijuana Opponents Drop Lawsuit to Stop Ballot Initiative

Utah Medical Marijuana Opponents Drop Lawsuit to Stop Ballot Initiative

Opponents of an initiative to legalize medical marijuana may still sue to overturn the law if voters approve it.

July 3, 2018

Opponents of an initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Utah have dropped a lawsuit intended to block the measure. But they may still sue to overturn the law if voters approve it.

The non-profit group Drug Safe Utah filed a motion for an emergency injunction last Friday to stop the Lieutenant Governor from putting medical marijuana on the ballot. Now, the group said they’ll back off and let Utah voters weigh in this fall. In the meantime, Blake Ostler, an attorney for Drug Safe Utah, said they’ll keep making the case that the initiative is a bad idea.

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“This is not a surrender,” Ostler said. “This is not putting the tail between our legs and running. This is informing the voters of the state of Utah that there are serious constitutional issues yet to be addressed. But trusting the voters of the state of Utah to make the appropriate decision.”

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