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'Hijacked' medical cannabis bill passes Utah House

Posted at 5:51 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 19:51:30-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah House of Representatives unanimously approved a "hijacked" bill that made some last-minute fixes to the state's medical cannabis program.

Republicans borrowed Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost's House Bill 425. It originally allowed for qualifying medical cannabis patients to not have to make so many visits to a doctor. But on Friday it became a vehicle to fix a big issue that emerged after Utah launched its medical cannabis program earlier this week.

FOX 13 reported earlier this week that Dragonfly Wellness, the state's lone cannabis dispensary, was forced to turn away patients because they still had not been approved for state-issued medical cannabis cards. Under the new bill, patients can take their doctor recommendations and affirmative defense letters and purchase cannabis at Dragonfly or any other dispensary that opens through the rest of the year.

It will allow Utah's Department of Health to get the cannabis card program working.

Before the bill passed, Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, thanked Rep. Dailey-Provost for letting them "hijack" her bill. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.