Medical marijuana foes ask judge to block issue from ballot

FILE - In this April 12, 2018, photo, a marijuana plant awaits transplanting at the Hollingsworth Cannabis Company near Shelton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Medical marijuana opponents in Utah are filing an emergency motion asking a judge to block the proposal from the ballot, arguing it would break federal law.

The lawsuit filed Thursday is the latest in a fierce fight over the issue in conservative Utah. The measure appears poised to make it onto the November ballot despite a last-ditch signature-removal campaign.

Medical-marijuana supporters said Friday they’re dismayed at the lawsuit they called an attempt to stymie the democratic process.

If it passes, Utah would join 30 other states that allow medical marijuana. The proposal would let people with certain medical conditions use edible or topical forms of the drug, but not smoke it.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is among the groups that have criticized the idea.

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