Medical marijuana opponents asked for Utah governor’s help to fight ballot initiative. He refused.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Opponents of the medical cannabis ballot initiative met with Gov. Gary Herbert with a big agenda: they were organizing against Proposition 2 and raising money. They wanted him to direct state agencies to vocally oppose the initiative and give access to his donor list, according to an email shared with FOX 13, and to possibly call a special session to shut the initiative down. “He made clear to that coalition that while he remains opposed to the initiative because of how it conflicts with federal law, that he has no plans to call a special session to try to preempt the initiative,” Herbert’s spokesman, Paul Edwards, told FOX 13 in a statement confirming the Aug. 1 meeting. “He also made clear that state agencies have been directed to take a neutral position on Proposition 2—although they are a resource for factual information and informed professional opinion on issues related to public safety, public health and costs, they are not permitted to side with either the advocates or opponents of Proposition 2.” Those on the email included Jim Jardine, an attorney who has served on a public affairs committee for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Medical marijuana opponents asked for Utah governor’s help to fight ballot initiative. He refused.

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