The last major court dispute over Utah’s controversial Proposition 2, legalizing medical marijuana, is over — for now.
Patient advocates announced Monday they were ending what remained of a lawsuit filed against the state Legislature’s 2018 move to replace the voter-approved Utah Medical Cannabis Act with its own House Bill 3001.
A spokeswoman for Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education in Utah confirmed the group, which had brought the legal case along with the Epilepsy Association of Utah, would file in state court to withdraw the matter.
TRUCE founder, brain tumor survivor and longtime cannabis activist Christine Stenquist said the case was being pulled due to their inability to keep paying legal costs in their two-year battle. Groups first sued after state lawmakers altered Prop 2 despite its 2018 passage by 53% of state voters.
“While this lawsuit is coming to an end, the fight for a real medical cannabis system for the state of Utah, which will meet all patient needs, continues,” Stenquist said.
A spokesperson for the Utah Attorney General’s Office declined to comment on the case Monday. Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City and the sponsor of HB3001, did not respond to an inquiry seeking comment. [Read more at The Salt Lake Tribune]