Following the certification of Proposition 2, the “Utah Medical Cannabis Act,” to the November 2018 ballot, opposition groups and individuals banded together to form Drug Safe Utah. Claiming support for medical cannabis but not the provisions of the proposition, the group began gaining significant traction in the polls once the LDS Church joined and urged its members to vote against the proposition.
Hoping to head off a well-funded opposition campaign, backers of Proposition 2 began negotiating with Drug Safe Utah and legislative leaders to form a piece of legislation that could serve as a compromise and answer the concerns of opposing groups. The Legislature met in special session on Monday December 3, during which they passed the compromise legislation, entitled the “Utah Medical Cannabis Act. The Governor signed the bill into law soon after. The differences between the Proposition and the compromise can be found below.