Utah's Medical Marijuana Controversy
Utahns vote this fall on a ballot measure that would bring medical marijuana to this conservative state. Supporters say the proposal helps sick people treat their conditions, but opponents worry it lacks oversight and will lead to recreational pot.
Later this fall, Utahns will weigh in on a ballot measure that would make the state the latest in the country to legalize medical marijuana. Under a proposal drafted by a local Libertarian think tank, people here could purchase cannabis for a range of uses. But medical professionals and the LDS church worry the measure is too lax, and that it will pave the way to recreational pot. We’re digging into the issue Monday, talking to both sides, and asking if conservative red Utah could really go green.
- Taylor Anderson is a reporter at the Salt Lake Tribune covering government. He has reported extensively on Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative.
- Connor Boyack is the president of the Libertas Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Utah that is lobbying for Utah's medical marijuana measure.
- Michelle McComber is the CEO of the Utah Medical Association and a director if Drug Safe Utah, both organizations opposed to the medical marijuana measure.