Utah

Wed
27
Feb

Tensions escalate over Utah’s “compromise” medical marijuana bill

Tensions continue to escalate in an ongoing lawsuit between medical marijuana advocates and the state of Utah. Most recently, the lawyer in charge of a key lawsuit circulated a detailed letter. In it, he described Utah’s current medical marijuana bill as unconstitutional and illegal. Ultimately, the lawsuit calls for a return to the state’s previous medical marijuana program, which was approved by voters last November but overwritten by lawmakers in December.

Sun
17
Feb

Utah’s largest healthcare provider authorizes medical marijuana recommendations

Utah’s largest healthcare provider has authorized its doctors to recommend the use of medical marijuana for their patients, according to media reports. Intermountain Healthcare announced on Thursday that it has established a system to issue recommendation letters to patients with qualifying health conditions who could benefit from cannabis.

Mark Briesacher, the Intermountain chief physician executive, said that the company’s healthcare providers have prepared to discuss medical marijuana with patients who ask for a recommendation.

Mon
24
Dec

Two of Utah’s biggest medical institutions are urging doctors not to give patients legal medical marijuana

Medical marijuana was legalized in Utah on December 4, but two groups of doctors are still fighting to keep prohibition in effect, at least for a few more months, writes Calvin Hughes. Right now, physicians are allowed to begin approving patients for medicinal cannabis, but the Intermountain Healthcare (IHC) and University of Utah Medical Group (UUMG) are throwing wrenches into that process. 

Wed
12
Dec

Utah is hiring a 'cannabis czar' to deal with all things pot

The state of Utah is now advertising for someone to oversee all things marijuana.

Mon
10
Dec

Mormon church opposing Utah medical marijuana initiative owns $1 billion worth of big pharma stocks

The Mormon Church is currently opposing a ballot initiative in Utah that would legalize medical marijuana due to moral reasons. But it turns out they may have a financial reason for preventing the expansion of medicinal cannabis as well, writes Joseph Misulonas. 

Fri
07
Dec

Groups sue to block medical marijuana compromise in Utah, cite LDS Church domination

A pair of advocacy groups in Utah sued Thursday to block a compromise agreement legalizing medical marijuana, accusing the LDS Church of unconstitutional domination and interference involving a process that lead to the gutting of a measure approved by voters.

The lawsuit alleges the revised initiative creates overwhelming obstacles for suffering patients who want to obtain the drug. It also asks a judge to set aside the revision passed by lawmakers and keep the original version that won with 53 percent of the vote in November.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints didn’t immediately have comment.

Thu
06
Dec

Utah’s medical cannabis compromise bill explained

Utah now has a brand spanking new medical marijuana program, but it has nothing to do with the will of the people. Although the voters overwhelmingly approved a proposal in the midterm election designed to legalize medical marijuana statewide, the state legislature, in cahoots with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints and Governor Gary Herbert, passed an updated version of the law in a special session this week that is being called a “compromise” to the original measure.

But the voters saw this coming.

Tue
04
Dec

Medical marijuana compromise in Utah easily passes and is signed into law by governor

Utah’s medical marijuana compromise breezed through the state legislature on Monday, making key changes to Proposition 2, which was passed by voters less than a month ago.

Governor Gary Herbert signed the nearly-200-page bill into law just after 8 p.m. on Monday.

"Utah now has the best-designed medical cannabis program in the country," Herbert said of the bill's passage.

“This is not an easy issue,“ said Greg Hughes, Speaker of the Utah House and sponsor of the compromise that puts the state in charge of overseeing cultivation, manufacturing, processing and distribution of medical cannabis products.

Tue
27
Nov

Utah's medical marijuana legislation efforts advance

Utah lawmakers and others involved in forging legislation to revise a voter-approved medical marijuana law say they’ve settled on a new version for consideration during an anticipated December special session.

The Utah Medical Cannabis Act would replace the ballot measure that voters approved Nov. 6.

By passing the ballot measure, Utah joined more than 30 states allowing patients legal access to medical marijuana.

The latest changes to the draft legislation hammered out recently include dropping renter protections for medical marijuana patients and increasing the number of available licenses for cannabis pharmacies.

Thu
22
Nov

Utah: Medical marijuana compromise bill, intended as Proposition 2 replacement, updated for a 2nd time

The compromise medical marijuana bill intended to supersede Proposition 2 early next month was updated for a second time Wednesday.

The bill now permits the state to license up to seven medical marijuana pharmacies, rather than five as previously proposed in the compromise. It also increases the number of such licenses which may be granted in the event that a state-run central fill pharmacy is not operational by Jan. 1, 2021, upping that number to 10.

The bill now also removes a restriction on landlords prohibiting them from refusing to rent to a person solely because they have a medical cannabis card, or penalizing them in some other way on that basis.

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