In 2014 Utah lawmakers passed legislation legalizing the medical use of CBD (cannabidiol) oil, but only for those with seizure disorders. Now, the state’s Senate Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee has voted 4 to 1 to pass a much more expansive bill that would legalize the whole cannabis plant for medical use.
Senate Bill 73, sponsored by Senator Mark Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs), would allow those with certain qualifying conditions – such as cancer, PTSD and chronic pain – to possess and use medical cannabis and medical cannabis products. The measure would establish a system of licensed cultivation centers and dispensaries, providing patients a means of safe access to their medicine.
A separate bill, Senate Bill 89, was given approval by the state’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee on the same day, with a unanimous vote. This measure would also expand the state’s 2014 law, but would still only allow low-THC cannabis oil to be used, and not the whole plant.
The text of Senate Bill 73 – which now moves towards a vote in the full Senate – can be found by clicking here.