SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Activists who say they are tired of waiting for Utah's conservative Legislature to pass a broad medical marijuana law launched an effort Monday to ask voters next year to pass the law, a move that would bypass state lawmakers.

People with chronic, painful conditions who want to use marijuana legally in the state plus other members of a group called the Utah Patients Coalition said lawmakers' rejection of broad medical marijuana laws for three years in a row prompted their ballot initiative drive.

"The time has come to help alleviate the pain and suffering of the most vulnerable in our society, with the help of a medicine that works for them," said Utah Patients Coalition director DJ Schanz.

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Michelle L. Price ~ Associated Press via KUTV.com

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