Utah House Bill 105, a measure to legalize cannabis extracts for medical purposes, officially becomes law today, July 1st. The proposal was signed by Governor Gary Herbert in March after overwhelmingly passing the state’s legislature.
“Cannabis oils show promise of offering some relief to Utahns suffering from seizures and epilepsy and we should do all we can to help them”, Governor Herbert said in a statement after signing the bill.
The new law allows those in the state who receive a recommendation from a neurologist to legally possess and use cannabis extract that’s low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and high in CBD (cannabidiol), as long as they receive a registration card from the state’s Department of Health.
The proposal is referred to as “Charlee’s Law“, named in honor of 6-year-old Charlee Nelson, who suffered from a severe neurological disorder. Charlee passed away just a few days after Utah’s Legislature gave approval to the bill.
A similar proposal become law today in Iowa.