Utah PolitiLinks: Medical marijuana bills take center stage; budget numbers released

Debate: Medical marijuana bills

  • After 90 minutes of debate and discussion, SB73 (sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs) made it past the second reading and will get a final Senate hearing. Madsen made seven amendments to the bill to resolve concerns, prompting a new statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that it was an improvement, but concerns were still there. (Deseret News)
  • The final outcome of SB73 is still very much in the balance, while SB89 (sponsored by Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City), which limits medical marijuana use to the non-psychoactive cannabis extract called cannabinoid or hemp oil, has had much more support, with a vote of 26-3. (Deseret News)
  • Friday Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, weighed in to the conversation, saying he wasn’t familiar with the Utah legislature bills, but started working on a proposal to remove federal prohibitions on medical use of hemp oil six months ago. (Deseret News)

To read more: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865648390/Utah-PolitiLinks-Medical-marijuana-bills-take-center-stage-budget-numbers-released.html

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