Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Terminally Ill Patients Might Soon Be Able To Access Marijuana In Utah

Two bills that would allow terminally ill patients access to medical marijuana grown and distributed by the sate of Utah has passed the House.

House Bills 195 (which allows doctors to recommend medical marijuana for the terminally ill) and 197 (which puts the grow op in the hands of the state Department of Agriculture and Food) are both sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw (R) and approved by the House Health and Human Services Committee.

After dying on a narrow vote last week, House Bill 197 was resurrected on Tuesday.

Said Daw, “This bill becomes the way to supply a genuine cannabis medicine for both those programs. We need to pass this bill if we want to have patients the ability to try both under right to try and under research.”
Rep. Derrin Owens (R) says he is still concerned: “We expect to follow the order of law and with passage of this, we would be in noncompliance with federal law.”

Others, like House Minority Leader Brian King, (D), announced he was flipping his vote in support of  a ballot initiative that would greatly expand who can use medical marijuana in Utah. Supporters are trying to gather enough signatures to get it on the November ballot.

HB 197 passed 38-32 and now goes to the Senate.


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