Medical marijuana bill dies in Senate with a 14-15 vote

Posted at 10:01 PM, Mar 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-10 01:09:18-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A bill that would legalize medical cannabis died in the Senate Monday night.

While SB-259 barely passed a second reading last week with a 16-13 vote, it narrowly failed its third reading in the Senate by a 14-15 vote.

Those who opposed the bill would not provide a comment Monday night.

The bill would have allowed for people in Utah with qualifying illnesses to be able to use medical cannabis in edible or liquid form, and establish licensed dispensaries to sell it.

The video above is an unedited interview with bill sponsor Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, and his reaction after the bill failed.