Following years of work by proponents to provide medical marijuana for the benefit of those suffering from pain and other debilitating health issues, and following months of heated and divisive dialogue between opponents and proponents of Proposition 2 -- The Utah Medical Cannabis Act, a compromise was reached and announced today by Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Utah Senate President Wayne L. Niederhauser, Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, and key players from both sides of the issue.
The compromise, brokered by Speaker Hughes, will appear in the form of a newly drafted bill file also entitled, Utah Medical Cannabis Act, that will be discussed, debated and voted on by members of the Utah Legislature following the November 6 election in a Special Session. Governor Herbert announced today he plans to make the formal call for the Special Session.
The compromise came together after many hours of heated discussion and debate on what both sides of the issue wanted. According to Speaker Hughes, the common ground centered on the desire of all parties to provide the benefits of medical marijuana to those people in need and who could benefit.
The special session will address the bill regardless of the outcome of the people's vote on Proposition 2 on Election Day.
I have always supported the on-going work to find a medical marijuana solution that is good and beneficial for all Utahns suffering from pain and other conditions and believe this new bill will accomplish that. In fact, I am thoroughly convinced the bill will be good for patients in need, good for the State of Utah, and good for the people of Utah. I believe it will both serve the state and set an example of good practices for other states.
I was and remain opposed to Proposition 2 -- it is clearly not the best solution. Proposition 2 is poorly written and could potentially cause harm to many Utahns and increases the likelihood of marijuana abuse. I added my voice to the many others urging the people of Utah to Vote No on Proposition 2.
I just received the language of the compromise bill for my review and will write more about it after I have thoroughly reviewed it.
For now, let me be clear. This compromise was made possible because opponents and proponents finally sat down and worked out a great policy plan to serve the people of Utah. I respect the positions of both sides, and I'm grateful they worked together to find a position that works for all sides -- everyone.
I am disappointed in the level of divisiveness, anger, attacks and lack of civility from both sides that has occurred over the past few months around this and other issues. We the people of Utah are greater than this, and the fact that the key players of this issue finally sat down and did the hard thing -- finding and determining the correct policy -- proves we as a people and as a state can accomplish great things. We've done it before, we are doing it now and we will do it again and again in the future.
I am eager to move forward in this direction. The people who can benefit the most are now looking at weeks instead of months or even years of uncertainty before receiving the benefits of marijuana.
Whether you vote for or against Proposition 2, please vote. Either way, please join me in supporting this new bill. And encourage and push our federal elected officials to change federal law on marijuana from a schedule 1 to a schedule 2 drug. At the federal level, marijuana is against the law -- an unenforced law. Let's get it changed.
Governor Herbert called a special session of the Utah legislature for this Wednesday, July 18 at 2:30 pm. It is the 2nd special session of the 2018 legislature. See the Governor's proclamation.
Two weeks ago I attended a meeting in Washington DC in which Vice President Mike Pence made an address. Part of his brief speech encouraged us to pray for our country -- not for an agenda or cause, but our country. His welcome and encouraging words reminded me of this article I wrote several years ago about President Washington's faith in God's hand in the formation of the United States of America. Here is that article.
Among the founding fathers, one was respected above all. George Washington--the greatest American.
I think George Washington would frown today on the absence of God in our society and country. “Separation of Church and State,” the proponents yell. Lawsuits to remove a heritage of long-standing references to God continually arise, public prayer condemned, children’s faith mocked and stifled in public schools across the country--a never-ending list of faithlessness.
This on-going trend to remove God from our society and country is wrong. The independence of the United States was divinely blessed and its founders inspired to write the U.S. Constitution. The nation began with a premise of religious freedom. It was an institute that both believed in a Supreme being and protected the rights of its citizens to worship that Being the way they wanted. It would not and could not establish a state religion or force anyone to worship one.
It is clear from his history, Washington believed God’s hand was at the helm of this country and its Constitution. The following are quotes from George Washington on the topic:
“Without the beneficent interposition of the Supreme Ruler of the universe, we could not have reached the distinguished situation which we have attained with such unprecedented rapidity. To him, therefore, should we bow with gratitude and reverence, and endeavor to merit a continuance of his special favors. --To the General Assembly of Rhode Island. Fitzpatrick 35:431. (1797)
“It is not a little pleasing, nor less wonderful, to contemplate that after two years’ maneuvering and undergoing the strangest vicissitudes that perhaps ever attended any one contest since the creation, both armies are brought back to the very point they set out from, and that that which was the offending party in the beginning is now reduced to the use of the spade and pick-axe for defense. The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations. --To Thomas Nelson. Fitzpatrick 12:343. (1778)
“I am sure there never was a people who had more reason to acknowledge a divine interposition in their affairs than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency which was so often manifested during our revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them.” --To John Armstrong. Fitzpatrick 32:2. (1792)
“It is indeed a pleasure, from the walks of private life, to view in retrospect all the meanderings of our past labors, the difficulties through which we have waded, and the fortunate haven to which the ship has been brought? Is it possible after this that it should founder? Will not the all-wise and all-powerful Director of human events preserve it? I think he will. He may, however (for wise purposes not discoverable by finite minds), suffer our indiscretions and folly to place our national character low in the political scale; and this, unless more wisdom and less prejudice take the lead in our governments, will most assuredly be the case. --To Jonathan Trumbull. Fitzpatrick 27:399. (1784)
On the Constitution. “We may, with a kind of pious and grateful exultation, trace the fingers of Providence through those dark and mysterious events which first induced the states to appoint a general convention, and then led them one after another...into an adoption of the system recommended by the that general convention, thereby, in all human probability, laying a lasting foundation for tranquility and happiness, when we had but too much reason to fear that confusion and misery were coming rapidly upon us. That the same good Providence may still continue to protect us, and prevent us from dashing the cup of national felicity just as it has been lifted to our lips, is [my] earnest prayer.” -- To Jonathan Trumbull. Fitzpatrick 30:22. (1788)
“By the miraculous care of Providence, that protected me beyond all human expectation, I had four bullets through my coat and two horses shot under me, and yet escaped unhurt.” -- To John Augustine Washington. Fitzpatrick 1:152. (1755)
“I am grateful to that Providence which has directed my steps, and shielded me through the various changes and chances through which I have passed, from my youth to the present moment.” --To Jonathan Trumbull. Fitzpatrick 5:390. (1776)
“A superintending Providence is ordering everything for the best, and...in due time all will end well.” --To Landon Carter. Fitzpatrick 9:454. (1777)
“I know the delicate nature of the duties incident to the part which I am called to perform; and I feel my incompetence, without the singular assistance of Providence, to discharge them in a satisfactory manner. -- To the citizens of Baltimore. Fitzpatrick 30:288. (1789)
Note: Quotes were pulled from: Parry, Allison Skousen, The Real George Washington: The True Story of America’s Most Indispensable Man. (National Center for Constitutional Studies, Fourth Printing, 2008)
It has been my great pleasure working with Mike in the Utah House—we will miss him. Dr. Kennedy is a colleague and mentor – someone I trust and respect. I look forward to his service as U.S. Senator representing the Great State of Utah. He is a hard-working, well-spoken, experienced legislator. He has experience legislating the most important policies and issues for Utah and will continue to do so as Senator. There is no doubt he will exercise his conservative values in Washington to help Utah, limit government at all levels, support free-market principles and protect our rights. Dr. Kennedy’s unshakeable beliefs, honesty, and integrity cannot be questioned. He will work hard for Utah. Please join Linda and me, along with many, many other people throughout Utah in voting for Dr. Mike Kennady as U.S. Senator from Utah.
Representative Cory Maloy
Utah House of Representatives, House District 6
Linda and I have enjoyed getting to know Jim Phelps. Right off the bat, you can see how hard he works for the people of our county. He is diligent, respectful, genuine and understanding – he greatly cares for the people. We are convinced his experience and background in law enforcement will provide the best service and protection we can achieve in our fast-growing county. His experience as a U.S. Marshall allows him to both work with federal agencies and against them when needed – we need both from our sheriff. He has gained our trust and we are convinced he is the best candidate to protect our families, fight property crimes, help eliminate domestic violence, fight a growing drug and gang problem, and has the ability and skills to provide strong fiscal management of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. Please join Linda and me in supporting and voting for Jim Phelps as our next Utah County Sheriff.
Representative Cory Maloy
Utah House of Representatives, District 6
Slow down through the freeway construction zone! The speed limit is 60 MPH for only a few miles and workers are everywhere. Watch out for them.
Last week, Representative Kay Christopherson (R) Dist. 56 and I had the opportunity to meet with about 75 crew members of the I-15 tech corridor project at the beginning of National Safety Week.
Most of the crew were there for a pep talk by management and foreman on safety as well as to pass some safety requirement seminars. It was a pleasure speaking with these workers who are from all over the state and work on this project as well as others.
When you look at these people in the eyes and then look at the freeway behind them with thousands of vehicles traveling 60, 70, 80 or more miles per hour, you quickly realize they truly work in some dangerous situations. In many cases they are working within a few feet of the freeway exposed to speeding traffic.
As you drive through the work zone, slow down! The speed limit is 60 MPH for only 3-4 miles. Watch out for those workers.
The I-15 tech corridor project started about a month ago and will widen the freeway from SR-92 to Lehi Main Street, replace interchanges at SR-92 and 2100 North, replace several bridges, add a one way frontage road system, and a Triumph Blvd. overpass. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2020.
Last Friday I filed as a candidate for re-election to the Utah House of Representatives, District 6. Today I put out my formal announcement for my re-election campaign (see below). I want to thank each of you for your support and confidence in me as your representative. It is a humbling honor to serve you. Watch my Facebook page and my website for upcoming delegate events and cottage meetings.
Cory Maloy to seek re-election to the Utah House of Representatives
“It is an honor to serve the people of House District 6”
LEHI, Utah – March 16, 2018 Representative Cory Maloy formally announced today his intent to run for re-election in the Utah House of Representatives for Utah House District 6. Maloy is currently serving his first term.
“It has been an exciting term serving House District 6,” said Maloy. “We’ve tackled some big issues challenging our district. For example, securing the funding necessary to complete I-15 through Lehi and Thanksgiving Point, fighting against tax increases and government overreach, helping our first responders receive the tools they need to save more lives, added protection to our law enforcement officers, increased the ease-of-ability of people to move to Utah and obtain their business licenses, supporting and protecting our Constitutional rights, protecting Utah’s public lands, and many other issues and policies.”
As a House Representative, Maloy plans to continue focusing on these and other critical areas:
Maloy is founder and principal of Maloy PR, a successful public relations firm based in the heart of Silicon Slopes of Lehi.
“I’m a builder,” said Maloy. “During my entire career, I’ve had the opportunity to help PR firms and different organizations succeed. I’ve been able to do this with a combination of creative and well thought out strategy. I help to unify people for a common cause. I bring that experience to the Utah Legislature.”
In addition to serving as a House Representative, Maloy served as Chair of Legislative District 6 of the Utah County Republican Party (UCRP). He led the unification of Republican causes including protection of the influence and relevance of its delegates to exercise strength on Party matters. He has also served on the UCRP Steering Committee as Volunteers Officer and PR and Media Officer, as a Precinct Chair and as a county and state delegate.
People can reach Maloy at (801) 477-0019, email@example.com, and at www.corymaloy.com.
Caucus is March 20. I hope to see you all there. This video explains my feelings and experiences with Caucus.
With the growth in Lehi and Saratoga Springs, there are now 19 precincts. Up from 16 in our last caucus. Welcome Lehi Precinct's 24, 25, and 26! Make sure you know which precinct you're in. Here are all the caucus locations for Utah House District 6. You can also go here (vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/index) for more voter information and to confirm which precinct you're in (FYI, if you are in the new precincts--LE24, LE25, and LE26--the state website can confirm your precinct, but doesn't have the caucus location. If you are in LE05, the state site has the wrong location. The locations below are correct for each precinct's caucus meeting.) Contact me anytime if you have questions regarding caucus. We'll see you March 20!!
The 2018 Legislative Session is now history. In my report I discuss how my bills ended up, taxes, Our Schools Now, re-election, and caucus.
A. Cory Maloy
A. Cory Maloy (R) was elected to the Utah House of Representatives for District 6 on Nov. 8, 2016