TRUCE is a group of concerned patients and caregivers advocating for safe legal access to medical cannabis in Utah. We are diverse in ideologies, but we stand with one voice. We at TRUCE believe that because this issue is rooted in compassion, it should bring both ends of the political spectrum together.
Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE) is on a mission to educate the community and stakeholders about the benefits of medical cannabis as a tool for minimizing patient suffering and as a legitimate alternative to opioids.
Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education, TRUCE is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organized by patients, caregivers, medical professionals, and supporters for the medicinal use of cannabis. TRUCE was founded by Christine Stenquist, a brain tumor patient and mother turned political activist who believes that patients should have a voice in state-level medical cannabis policy in Utah. Stenquist built the patient movement that generated the political momentum behind Proposition 2 that landed medical cannabis on Utah’s 2018 midterm election.
After the Election day win, the legislature called a special session and submitted a forced compromise. The law allowed for an unimplementable process of central fill and various other cumbersome hurdles for patients. TRUCE with another patient group filed a lawsuit to have these issues addressed.
Now patients have access, and for many that live near these limited locations it’s a welcome relief. However, the majority of consumers still struggle with affordability, quality of product, and access for their needs.
This is why TRUCE is still here. As patients ourselves, we continue to watch the program develop and grow. We remind legislators, regulators, stakeholders, and industry who this fight is for, patients. Keeping them always in mind, we continue to educate on the nuances of this space.