Utah Legislature Passes Medical Marijuana Research Bill, Heads to Governor

Legislation to legalize the research of marijuana for medical purposes has passed Utah’s full legislature.

House Bill 130 – filed by Senator Evan Vickers (R) – was passed by the House of Representatives with a 70 to 2 vote. It was passed by the Senate 23 to 1. It now goes to Governor Gary Herbert who has the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature or vetoing it (though if he was to veto it, the legislature could override with a 2/3rds vote).

In addition to allowing research on cannabis medicines, the bill creates a review board that will make recommendations on potential future changes to the state’s marijuana laws.

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Utah: Legislative Committee Gives Approval to Medical Cannabis Oil Legalization Bill

oilA proposal to legalize the possession, use, production and distribution of medical cannabis oil in Utah has been given initial approval by the Health and Human Services Interim Committee. The vote was 10 to 5.

Currently in Utah, thanks to legislation passed last year, the possession of cannabis oil is legal in certain instances, but only for those with seizure disorders, and the medicine must be obtained from out of state. The new law would expand the law to allow those with other conditions such as HIV and cancer to use low-THC cannabis oil, while also allowing it to be produced and distributed in the state.

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