Last week, Gov. Gary Herbert issued the formal call for a special legislative session to take place on Monday, Sept. 16. While a number of issues will be considered by legislators in that session, one of the issues that has garnered the most interest is a series of proposed amendments to the state’s medical cannabis program.
Shortly before the November election, the Utah Legislature and Utah-based medical cannabis advocates reached a compromise that provided access to patients in need while safeguarding youths and ensuring this law would not become a slippery slope toward the legalization of recreational marijuana. This legislation, HB3001, was passed in a special session last December.
As with most complicated legislation of this magnitude, adjustments and improvements are likely to occur as issues arise and new information becomes available. During this special session, we’ll work to fine-tune policy and address technical and administrative concerns to meet deadlines to make the medication available to patients.