Signed the Petition — But Did You Read It?


The Utah Marijuana Initiative is 28 pages long. Signature gatherers, trained to avoid delving into the complexities and consequences of the initiative will say it is all about helping suffering patients.

But did you know:

A Washington DC lobbying organization (Marijuana Policy Project) whose stated purpose is to legalize recreational marijuana is the primary backer of Utah’s petition, spending millions to change laws in Utah and two other states in 2018.


  • Children and teens could obtain permission to use a very high potency THC
  • Utah law already allows children with intractable seizures to legally seek treatment by physicians using Cannabidiol (CBD) oil to help reduce seizures.
  • The highest youth marijuana use in the country is in states that have legalized marijuana, even for medical purposes and use is increasing.1


  • Local city and county officials will be unable to prevent marijuana growing warehouses or dispensaries from operating in your community except within 300 ft. of residential neighborhoods and 600 ft of churches, schools and parks.
  • There will be no limits on the potency of marijuana products, including virtually pure forms of THC – which produces the “high” and alters mood & consciousness.
  • Smoking is allowed if the joint is lit below 750℉ without an open flame. Marijuana burns at 495℉ and can be ignited without a flame (stove, car lighter, etc.).


  • The petition grants immunity to doctors and others who recommend marijuana, meaning they are immune to malpractice lawsuits and even administrative sanctions from state licensing boards.
  • Unethical practitioners (yes, they exist) could recommend marijuana for any reason, to any person, without any
  • The only penalty for those who possess without a medical card is an infraction and a maximum $100 fine.
  • Until July 2020, even without a medical marijuana card, a person claiming a “qualifying condition” can use, possess or manufacture marijuana products under the initiative’s affirmative defense provision if they are charged.
  • Qualifying conditions are so broad (e.g., chronic pain, nausea, autism) as to allow nearly anyone to qualify for a recommendation.


  • No pharmacists and pharmacies – people without medical training (“budtenders”) will sell marijuana products (including THC) through marijuana dispensaries in your community.
  • Practitioners without any training in the use of marijuana will be recommending marijuana products. They can’t write a prescription since it is illegal! Also, there is no requirement to disclose side effects.
  • Patients get whatever product the budtender gives them (“medical” strains are often the same as recreational)2.


  • Utah users will be able to possess ¼ lb. of marijuana in public (equivalent to 160 – 220 joints). No limit for possession in the residence.
  • The vaping of concentrated marijuana will be permitted, a preferred method for recreational use.
  • Some Utah residents will be allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants at home, each capable of yielding as much as 2 lbs.


  • Marijuana grown and sold in Utah, still constitute federal felonies. Anyone who participates in these activities commits felonies, whether charged or not.
  • The initiative will cost the state about $2.9 million ($1.8M ongoing and $1.1M one-time). Fees will only cover about $1.4M.
  • Dispensaries will pay NO SALES TAX! It is an all cash business.
  • The petition effectively decriminalizes the growing, selling and use of marijuana in Utah.

Utah law requires a person to read and understand the entire 28-page petition before signing. We believe very few people actually did this, relying instead upon the brief description of signature gatherers who conveniently left out any of the points on this page and other problems with the initiative.

[1] SAMSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics & Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2015 and 2016. Past Month Marijuana Use by Age Group and State

[2] www.leafly.com – Most Popular Strains of Marijuana