US (UT): Lawmakers to fix cannabis program issues in special session

In Utah, recent regulations were suggested to dispense medical cannabis through health departments, but it doesn’t look like lawmakers plan to pursue this avenue anymore. Instead, based on reports from the Salt Lake Tribune, about a dozen privately-operated dispensaries will likely take on this responsibility. To make this new determination, a special session will be held by the legislature in the next month, which will also discuss home deliveries.

The revised version is being written by Evan Vickers, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, stating that there could potentially be 12 private dispensaries. In the proposal, indoor and outdoor methods are permissible for cultivators, and registered patients would be more adequately protected, much like patients who are prescribed opioids. The plan originally arose as lawmakers made substantial changes to the law after voter approval, due to a compromise with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

There have already been several cannabis advocates to come forward and applaud this new change for the increased access that medical marijuana patients would have. However, as new medical conditions are added to the qualifying list, there are others who fear that the 12 dispensaries proposed wouldn’t meet the needs of the public.


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