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Utah Senate passes medical cannabis bill

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Posted at 3:41 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 17:41:43-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The latest tweaks to Utah's medical cannabis program passed the Utah State Senate.

Senate Bill 121 passed unanimously under a suspension of the rules. Provisions of the bill required it to be pushed through the Senate to meet deadlines next week for the state to have a working medical cannabis program up and running.

"We've gone through the process of implementing a very difficult program," Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers said.

The bill would allow the only pharmacy set to open by the state's March 1 deadline to be able to sell marijuana flower. It also makes changes including raising patient caps for doctors to recommend cannabis and allowing qualifying patients to seek expungement of their criminal records for past marijuana possession convictions.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.