Prop 2 supporters, opponents regroup after announcement of medical marijuana deal

Prop 2 supporters, opponents regroup after announcement of medical marijuana deal

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Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune Although UMCA or Utah Medical Cannabis Act will appear on the November 2018 ballot, Proposition 2 opponent Walter Plumb III isn’t giving up the fight, Oct. 9, 2018. Last week, opposing factions in the state’s medical marijuana debate stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the Utah Capitol, many of them brimming with gratitude over their newfound collaboration. They’d gathered to reveal they’d coalesced around a Proposition 2 alternative — draft legislation that state lawmakers will take up next month in a special session. The once-warring interest groups declared that, although their underlying positions remained unchanged, they would lower their swords in a gesture of good faith. Watching from the front row, real estate tycoon Walter J. Plumb III was in no mood to call a truce with medical marijuana advocates. "I like to win things," Plumb, a longtime anti-marijuana crusader, said Tuesday in the 20th-floor office suite where he works. "This would not be my style. I would not negotiate with this group." Plumb has already donated $130,000 in cash to Drug Safe Utah and another campaign opposing Proposition 2 and is supporting a lawsuit challenging the initiative. Altogether, he estimates he’s personally shelled out roughly $200,000 on the effort, plus another $100,000 donated by Colony Partners , a company he manages. He said he’s set himself no spending limit and won’t stop working until he’s satisfied that Utah’s medical marijuana laws sufficiently protect young people. (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Libertas Institute president Connor Boyack answers questions from the media alongside Gov. Gary Herbert, Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, and House Speaker Greg Hughes, from left, following an announcement of a compromise to the medical marijuana bill. Supporters and opponents of UtahÕs medical marijuana initiative joined with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and […]

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