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Arguments are ramping up between groups on both sides of a medical marijuana ballot initiative in Utah, but the question remains as to whether legal challenges can stop the initiative process.

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Thousands of missing signatures for a proposed ballot initiative were found Wednesday, and now they need to be counted. It’s the latest in a wild ride attempting to get the Count My Vote initiative on the November ballot.

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Updates from the lieutenant governor’s office show that all four initiative groups trying to get on the ballot this November appear to have qualified. But nothing is set in stone yet.

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Marijuana advocates are pleading with voters to disregard a campaign to thwart their ballot initiative. Leaders of the group TRUCE or Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education joined Epilepsy Utah and Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill for a press conference on Tuesday.

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The Utah Medical Association denies it hired a canvasser who was recorded misleading a voter about a medical marijuana ballot initiative. The pro-medical marijuana group TRUCE posted a video on Monday that shows an unidentified canvasser at a woman’s doorstep, encouraging her to rescind her support for the initiative.

Medicaid Initiative Is One Step Close To The Ballot

May 4, 2018
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Organizers behind an initiative to fully expand Medicaid in the state say they have enough signatures to get it on the ballot in November. 

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County clerks are in the middle of verifying thousands of voter signatures submitted by four potential ballot initiatives. But as the May 15 deadline nears, opposition groups are asking people to remove their signatures.

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Gov. Gary Herbert weighed in on a range of election issues and candidates Thursday, including all four proposed ballot initiatives and candidates seeking the GOP nomination in federal races.

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Ballot initiative groups pushing for policy changes like full Medicaid expansion and increased access to legalized medical marijuana are patiently waiting to qualify for the November ballot.

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Stakeholders from the Our Schools Now initiative met with Gov. Gary Herbert today at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Bountiful. They were there for a ceremonial signing of the legislative compromise to bring more money to public schools in Utah. But the deal isn’t finalized.

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Ballot initiative organizers in Utah have just a week left to collect signatures to try to get their proposals in next November’s election. Some of the proposed initiatives are close. Others have a long way to go.

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State lawmakers unveiled a funding compromise Tuesday that could sidestep a ballot initiative to raise money for schools.

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There are six citizen-led initiatives making their way to the ballot this year, addressing everything from medical marijuana to election laws. But even if some of those pass, Utah lawmakers are looking at delaying their implementation.

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Two people are charged with forgery and violations of state petition procedures under Utah's election code.

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Several medical marijuana bills will be introduced in Utah’s upcoming legislative session. But not all cannabis advocates support them.

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Will medical marijuana become legal in Utah next year? Early polling suggests wide support for a proposed medical cannabis ballot initiative.

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Sponsors of the Utah Decides Healthcare ballot initiative submitted their bill language to the Lieutenant Governor’s office on Monday. The initiative would put Medicaid expansion up to voters in 2018.

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At least four ballot initiatives are expected to go before voters next year - and there might soon be a fifth.

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A new group is launching a ballot initiative to create an independent commission aimed at reforming the way Utah draws its electoral boundaries.

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Patients and advocates have demanded legalized medical marijuana for the past several years, and they say Utah lawmakers have failed to deliver. Now the Utah Patients Coalition says it’s time to bring the issue directly to Utah voters.

Medical Marijuana Passes Utah Senate, Goes to House

Feb 25, 2016
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The Utah House of Representatives will get a chance to debate medical marijuana. The Senate voted 17 to 12 to pass a broad measure that would allow Utah patients to use cannabis extracts when recommended by a doctor.

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Medical marijuana advocates are regrouping after LDS Church authorities announced their opposition to a bill that would make whole-plant access legal in Utah. Proponents convened at the Capitol Tuesday to talk about an effort to let the voters decide.