Last weekend was busy and fulfilling in the movement to legalize medical marijuana in Utah when UtahCARE (Utah’s first grassroots organization dedicated to the legalization of medicinal cannabis) attended two events.
Initially, the group had planned on educating voters about the benefits of medical cannabis and collecting signatures for their petition at Temple Square, located in downtown Salt Lake City, during the 2013 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons), however they changed their plans at the last minute due to some concerns and out of respect for conference attendees.
Instead, the first event they attended was held on Saturday, October 5th at the Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market. There, representatives spoke to local farmers as well as many Utah voters and collected many signatures.
The positive response was no surprise to UtahCARE as many of the local farmers were receptive to the idea of being able to legally grow cannabis and use it for medicine and in the hemp industry.
The second event was the Utah Undie Run, held Sunday, October 6th. This event was is an annual, peaceful demonstration and charitable opportunity wherein participants literally give the clothes off their backs (which are, in turn, given to local homeless shelters) and run from the Salt Lake City Main Library to the Utah State Capitol. Participants were encouraged to write on their bodies which policies they would like to see changed in Utah and/or the organization they do support.
Representative of UtahCARE, Hempower Utah and Utah Moms for Marijuana were welcomed by the Undie Run attendees and obtained nearly 300 signatures. The crowd was very open to the idea of legalizing cannabis (for both medicinal and industrial purposes) and appeared happy to sign the petitions.
UtahCARE members will be in attendance at the next Farmer’s Market (held in downtown Salt Lake City at Pioneer Park) from 10-2, encouraging supports of medicinal cannabis to sign the petition.
The goal with the petition is to obtain 1,000 signatures in order to secure a sponsor and introduce a bill to legalize medicinal cannabis throughout the state.