The Opposition swings... and misses!
Even though the Utah Medical Association and leaders of the LDS Church oppose the medical marijuana citizen initiative petition, three-fourths of Utahns support the measure, a new UtahPolicy.com poll finds.
The medical marijuana ballot initiative was officially certified for the November ballot on Tuesday afternoon as Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox announced organizers met the signature gathering requirements.
A group opposed to the petition has filed suit against it in state court – and it may well be up to judges to decide if it goes on November’s ballot. But a super-majority of Utahns have made up their minds.
UtahPolicy pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds:
• 72 percent “strongly” or “somewhat” support the medical marijuana initiative.
• 25 percent (or one-fourth) oppose it.
• And only 2 percent are undecided.
That is a small “don’t know” number, clearly indicating that the Utah populace has made up its collective mind.
The LDS Church has issued several statements on the petition in recent weeks – mainly backing the opposition formed by the Utah Medical Association’s board of directors.
The church is now led by President Russell M. Nelson, a former heart surgeon.
But Jones finds that so far “very active” Utah Mormons are not following their church leadership on this issue:
59% of those who self-identified to Dan Jones that they are “very active” in the LDS faith support the initiative. (more in the link)
Check out the entire story at Utah Policy - https://www.utahpolicy.com/index.php/features/today-at-utah-policy/16809-despite-lds-church-opposition-nearly-3-4ths-of-utahns-support-ballot-initiative-to-legalize-medical-marijuana