Medical marijuana bill survives narrow vote

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is one step closer to legalizing medical marijuana.

The medical cannabis bill was sent through to a third Senate reading Tuesday night by a narrow 16-13 vote.

The bill reading generated some heated debate on both sides.

The bill would allow 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.

Senators in favor say they reached their decision based on research, hearing input from their constituents, and some shared personal stories and experiences involving medical cannabis. Those opposed to the bill called into question the process of how this bill has moved through the Legislature, whether anyone has had enough time to fully understand the ramifications should the bill pass,...

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