The Latest: Utah legislators weigh medical marijuana
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on Utah legislators considering medical marijuana proposals (all times local):
Utah legislators are laying the groundwork to make another run at legalizing medical marijuana for people with certain conditions.
During a legislative hearing Wednesday, Republican Sen. Brian Shiozawa, a doctor, urged his colleagues to take action next session, saying veterans with PTSD and cancer patients may benefit.
Shiozawa and Rep. Brad Daw are crafting proposals that would allow more local research to study the drugs impacts for different conditions.
Other proposals would expand legal uses and create a regulatory framework to manage a program from growth to distribution.
Utah Medical Association CEO Michelle McOmber says her group supports research but opposes legalizing it without more research.
Utah has a very limited medical cannabis law, but two proposals to expand access died at the state legislature this year.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz appeared but didn’t speak at the hearing held the day after his wife pleaded guilty to possessing the drug she uses for chronic pain.
A Utah legislative committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss whether marijuana should be legal for people with certain medical conditions.
The state has a limited medical marijuana law, but two proposals to expand it died at the state legislature this year.
Medical marijuana proponents have found a new legislative sponsor as they gear up to take another run next year. Republican Rep. Gage Froerer of Huntsville says he plans to sponsor a bill that would help people with a wide array of medical conditions.
Utah already allows a marijuana extract, called cannabidiol, to be used by those with severe epilepsy, as long as they obtain it from other states.
The hearing comes a day after Mike Weinholtz, a Democratic candidate for governor, called for the legalization of medical marijuana after his wife pleaded guilty to misdemeanor pot-possession charges.