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Utah Considers Bill to Regulate Medical Marijuana

Utah Considers Bill to Regulate Medical Marijuana #MMJ

  • On Feb. 27, 2017, the Utah Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to approve SB 211, a bill that would establish regulations for a state-run medical marijuana program.
  • Under the proposed legislation, the state Department of Agriculture and Food would issue licenses for medical marijuana products, the Department of Commerce would handle licensing for dispensaries, and the Department of Health would be responsible for issuing patient ID cards.
  • However, while the bill creates some regulatory framework, it does not actually legalize medical marijuana in Utah.
  • Speaking with The Salt Lake Tribune, bill sponsor Sen. Evan Vickers, explained that the legislature wanted to hold off on legalization due to uncertainty surrounding the Trump Administration’s stance on federal marijuana policy.
  • “We felt like it was prudent to continue the discussion how the state would handle things, realizing nothing would be triggered until you had something in place that said we’re going to legalize this type of cannabis product and for these conditions,” Vickers said.

On Feb. 27, 2017, the Utah Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to approve SB211, a bill that would establish regulations for a state

@MJINews: Utah Considers Bill to Regulate Medical Marijuana #MMJ

On Feb. 27, 2017, the Utah Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to approve SB 211, a bill that would establish regulations for a state-run medical marijuana program.

Under the proposed legislation, the state Department of Agriculture and Food would issue licenses for medical marijuana products, the Department of Commerce would handle licensing for dispensaries, and the Department of Health would be responsible for issuing patient ID cards.

However, while the bill creates some regulatory framework, it does not actually legalize medical marijuana in Utah.

Speaking with The Salt Lake Tribune, bill sponsor Sen. Evan Vickers, explained that the legislature wanted to hold off on legalization due to uncertainty surrounding the Trump Administration’s stance on federal marijuana policy.

“We felt like it was prudent to continue the discussion how the state would handle things, realizing nothing would be triggered until you had something in place that said we’re going to legalize this type of cannabis product and for these conditions,” Vickers said.

SB211 will now go before the full Senate for consideration.

On Feb. 21, 2017, the University of Texas, in conjunction with the Texas Tribune, released the results of its February 2017 poll, with the outcomes demonstrating that opposition to legalization is on the decline while support for private use marijuana is on the rise.

Utah Considers Bill to Regulate Medical Marijuana

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