Poll: Utah voters overwhelmingly support medical cannabis

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Over 75% of Utah voters support a proposed initiative that could appear on the 2018 statewide ballot to legalize medical marijuana, meaning the state could be one of the next to embrace MMJ.

According to a poll by Dan Jones & Associates, 45% of respondents strongly support the initiative, while another 33% somewhat support it, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. In addition, a separate study by the Tribune and the Hinckley Institute of Politics found that 77% of voters back the initiative.

That means the campaign may have a fairly easy time getting past the finish line in November 2018.

The Utah Patients Coalition, which launched the petition drive in June, must collect at least 113,143 signatures of registered voters by April 15 to make next year’s ballot, according to the newspaper.

Utah lawmakers passed a mostly symbolic CBD law in 2014 allowing epilepsy patients to use extracts produced in other states, but a broader MMJ law has not yet been approved by the legislature.