Utah Senate Committee Approves Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Extracts with Unanimous Vote

Utah’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee has given unanimous approval to House Bill 0105, a proposal to legalize cannabis extracts for medical purposes.

Cannabis tincture.
Cannabis tincture.

The measure, which passed the full House of Representatives earlier this week with a 62 to 11 vote, now heads to the full Senate.

If approved into law, House Bill 0105 would allow those in the state who receive a recommendation from a neurologist to receive a waiver from Utah’s Department of Health to legally possess and use cannabis extract (such as cannabis tincture and oil) that’s low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

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Utah House of Representatives Votes to Legalize Medical Cannabis Extract

Utah’s full House of Representatives, in a 62 to 11 vote, has approved House Bill 0105, a proposal to legalize cannabis extracts for those with epilepsy. utah

If approved into law, the bill would allow those in the state to receive a waiver from Utah’s Department of Health to legally possess and use cannabis extract such as cannabis oil if they receive a recommendation from a neurologist, though it must contain small amounts of THC. The proposal, sponsored by Republican Representative Gage Froerer, was initially designed to help the tens of thousands of children and adults in the state who suffer from epilepsy, a condition that causes frequent and severe seizures.

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Utah House Committee Approves Measure to Legalize Hemp Oil for Medical Purposes

Utah’s House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee has voted, 8 to 2, to approve House Bill 0105, a proposal to legalize hemp oil for medical purposes. The proposal wouldI'm told this is industrial hemp, which grows wild on the preserve. also permit universities and the state’s Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp for “the purpose of agricultural or academic research”.

If approved into law, the bill would allow those in the state to receive a waiver from Utah’s Department of Health to legally possess and use hemp oil extract, provided they receive a doctor’s recommendation, and have a “neurological condition”. The proposal was initially designed to help the tens of thousands of children and adult in the state who suffer from epilepsy.

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Majority of Utah Residents Support Medical Cannabis Legalization

A new poll commissioned by the Salt Lake Tribune, and conducted by SurveyUSA, has found that despite Utah being one of the most conservative states in the nation, 51% of Utah residentsutah are in support of legalizing cannabis for medical purposes. This poll exemplifies the rapidly growing shift in public opinion surrounding the medical use of cannabis.

A poll released in August by the Libertas Institute also found a majority in Utah to be in support of medical cannabis legalization; according to that poll, 61% are in favor of such a move, with just 28% in opposition.

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Utah Doctors Endorse Legalizing Medical Cannabis For Children’s Epilepsy, Legislation Forthcoming

Three Utah doctors, including a neurologist from the University of Utah, have announced their support for allowing medical cannabis extracts (such as tinctures) and oils to be used by children who suffer from seizures.mmjlogo

In a letter sent to the state’s Controlled Substances Advisory Committee, pediatric neurologist Dr. Francis Filloux said that liquid forms of medical cannabis high in cannabinoids are a promising option for treating children with epilepsy. He says that refusing to legalize the substance would be “making the decision to limit access of our children to a potentially life-improving therapy”.

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Majority in Utah Support the Legalization of Medical Cannabis

A new poll conducted by the Libertas Institute has found that 61% of those in Utah support the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes, with only 28% opposed to the idea.MMMA LEAF AND SYMBOL_full

These results, which are the first to show that a majority of Utahns support medical cannabis, surprised even those who conducted the poll; “Were honestly surprised that a majority of Utah voters indicated support for legalizing medical marijuana”, says Connor Boyack, President of the Libertas Institute.

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