Proposition 2 asked the Utah electorate to determine whether patients in the state should have legal access to medical marijuana. On Tuesday, voters answered with a yes.
Unofficial election night totals put the initiative ahead, 53 percent to 47 percent, and showed the measure with a commanding lead in Salt Lake County. Although a number of ballots remain to be counted in the weeks to come, medical cannabis patients and advocates were smiling Tuesday night.
“It is a time for Utahns to celebrate,” Christine Stenquist, a medical cannabis patient and founder of the advocacy group TRUCE Utah, said. “I think it’s fantastic that we’ve crossed this hurdle.”
At a watch party hosted by TRUCE Utah, Prop 2 supporters cheered, clapped and shed tears as the first results rolled in showing the measure with a clear lead. Stenquist told the gathering of more than 100 at a Salt Lake City hotel that Utah’s decision to create a medical marijuana program will reverberate far beyond state borders.
“When Utah flips, the whole country will be watching, and you all did that,” she said, gesturing to the backers clustered around her. [Read more at The Salt Lake Tribune]