Jay Evensen: Medical marijuana and the elusive will of the people

SALT LAKE CITY — Now that this week’s unique special legislative session is over (anytime lawmakers meet right after an election to change a successful initiative, that is unique), it’s time to explore a couple of persistent myths.

The first, repeated on social media and comment boards this week, is that Utah lawmakers never would have passed a bill on their own allowing medical marijuana without the threat of Proposition 2. In fact, they were moving slowly in this direction in recent years. But they were moving far too slowly for many people’s tastes.

That’s not necessarily a weakness when the subject

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