Medical marijuana opponents in Utah filed a last ditch emergency motion asking a judge to block the state’s MMJ proposal from getting on the ballot.
The Coalition filed a challenge on Monday seeking to intervene in the lawsuit brought on by Drug Safe Utah, a political issue committee with the conservative Utah Eagle Forum, which identifies itself as the “a recognized leader for conservative principles.”
“While our opponents want to debate in the courtroom with a single judge deciding the fate of medical cannabis, we look forward to an active debate in the court of public opinion where all Utahns can have a say,” said DJ Schanz, director of the Patients Coalition, in a statement.
As part of that public battle, Utah’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aka Mormons, recently published a list of perceived “legal issues” regarding the MMJ initiative. The Mormons hired the Kirton McConkie law firm to draft the memo, said to contain more fictions than facts.
“Libertas also pointed out that the timing of the document’s release seems more motivated by an urgency to bolster the opposition’s signature removal campaign than a good faith effort to identify real policy issues.”