Lawmakers give nod to medical marijuana for Utah patients

Utah patients with conditions ranging from cancer pain to epilepsy would be able to take medicine with cannabidiol (CBD) — a marijuana extract — under a bill endorsed Wednesday by an interim legislative committee.

But the Health and Human Services Interim Committee backed away from the more ambitious medical marijuana plan proposed by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs. Madsen said he still plans to propose his legislation to the full Legislature.

The bills are likely to trigger lots of debate in the upcoming session as a host of sick Utahns plead for a medicine they believe will ease their pain. Some medical and law enforcement professionals, meanwhile, will urge caution, as they have in a series of committee meetings since spring.

The committee endorsed a draft bill proposed by Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, and Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City. It would allow patients with 11 conditions to go...

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