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.”
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