Utah medical marijuana campaign to start gathering signatures

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A statewide campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Utah took another step toward making the 2018 ballot after backers got the green light to begin circulating petitions.

The Utah Patients Coalition – the organization that launched the campaign earlier this summer – will need 113,143 signatures to qualify for next year’s ballot, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The signature drive is to begin this week.

The campaign’s goal is to hit that mark by January, although its deadline won’t be until April.

Under the terms of the initiative, smoking cannabis would still be banned, but production and sale of oils, edibles, topicals and vaping supplies would be allowed, the newspaper reported.

If the campaign makes the ballot, it seems the measure has a good chance of success, given that recent polling found 75% of Utah voters support the initiative.