Utah Students Pushing For Medical Cannabis Usage; Connecticut Lawmakers Do Not Support Recreational Marijuana

By Claire Parker, Parent Herald April 06, 09:03 am

Many lawmakers pushed for legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana in different states but that is not the case in other areas in the United States. Utah students pushed for new bills to legalize medical marijuana while lawmakers in Connecticut did not approve of the recreational marijuana possession in adults in the state.

The lawmakers in Utah considered the two medical marijuana-related bills during the 2017 legislative session. This was not enough, however, so the students and other groups in Utah pushed for a ballot initiative in order to let the people decide on medical marijuana.

The first bill called S.B. 211 and sponsored by state senator Evan Vickers, a University Utah graduate and a pharmacist, focused on the regulation and sale of medical cannabis in the area. The second bill, H.B. 130, sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw, suggested research on cannabinoids should be grin lit. S.B. 211 did not pass the Senate while H.B. 130 passed both the Congress and the Senate.

Utah Residents for Medical Cannabis, which is a group led by U student Gabby Saunders, contended the medical cannabis-related legislatures are taking too long to be passed. They planned to have a march on the Utah State Capitol late this month and voice out their views regarding the future of medical cannabis. Saunders noted they do not support recreational marijuana and in the planned march, they will not use any clothing or signs with the marijuana leaf sign.

As for the ballot initiative, the group Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education said they plan to have the voting this 2018. Saunders said they will most probably support the second group regarding the ballot initiative, The Daily Utah Chronicle reported.

In Connecticut, they pushed for the legalization of recreational marijuana but they will not be the ninth state to legalize such. According to reports, the bill did not have enough votes. The bill wanted to legalize recreational marijuana to users over the age of 21, Patch shared.

The news came after 63 percent of Connecticut voters expressed their support for making recreational cannabis legal. Lawmakers believed passing the bill will result to increase in crimes, homelessness and panhandling.

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