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Utah Gov. Herbert says he will oppose medical marijuana ballot initiative

By Ben Winslow

SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert has announced he will actively oppose the medical marijuana ballot initiative expected to be before voters in November.

In a statement released Thursday, Utah’s governor praised the legislature for passing House Bill 197, orders the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to grow marijuana for terminally ill patients. A companion bill granted people with less than six months to live a “right to try” cannabis.

“I fully support the science-supported use of substances that, under medical supervision, can improve lives. Consequently, I support efforts to allow medical researchers to better understand the medical properties of cannabis. That, in turn, will allow physicians and pharmacists to prescribe and dispense cannabis as a controlled substance in accordance to the highest standards of medical science,” the governor wrote.

Turning to the initiative, however, the governor said it has “significant flaws.”

Read more at FOX 13

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