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The Libertas Institute (LI) is a libertarian think tank located in Lehi, Utah. The organization's stated mission is "to advance the cause of liberty within the State of Utah."[2][3] The Institute focuses on free market policies, private property rights, and civil liberties issues, including police reform.[1]

Libertas Institute
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Founder(s)Connor Boyack[1]
EstablishedDecember 2011 (2011-December)[1]
Mission"Libertas exists to advance the cause of liberty within the State of Utah."[2]
PresidentConnor Boyack


In February 2015, Libertas Institute and the Drug Policy Project of Utah conducted a poll which showed that the majority of Utah residents favor the legality of medical cannabis.[4] The organization has opposed current regulations on the study of agricultural marijuana, arguing that regulations governing the state's public university research of hemp are too strict.[5] Along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, the Libertas Institute opposed a Utah legislative bill that would allow state police to use unmanned drones without a search warrant.[6] The organization favors allowing ridesharing companies to legally compete with taxi cab companies.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Balko, Radley (October 26, 2013). "Meet The Activist Who's Bringing Conservatives On Board The Police Reform Movement". Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b "About Us". Libertas Institute. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  3. ^ McKitrick, Cathy (March 10, 2015). "Bill to expand funding for Centennial Scholarship dies in House". Standard-Examiner. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  4. ^ Romboy, Dennis (March 9, 2015). "Utah Senate narrowly defeats medical marijuana bill". KSL. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  5. ^ Knox, Annie (October 22, 2014). "Rules for Utah colleges to study hemp are too strict, group says". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  6. ^ Romboy, Dennis (February 20, 2015). "Utah lawmaker proposes to ease restrictions on police use of drones". Deseret News. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  7. ^ Figueroa, Carly (August 22, 2014). "Officials working on changes to laws governing rideshare companies in Salt Lake City". FOX 13. Retrieved 11 March 2015.

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