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Utah Scraps State-run Dispensary System For Medical Cannabis

Aug 22, 2019, 11:33 AM

An industrial hemp plant grow inside a display at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in Sa...

An industrial hemp plant grow inside a display at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in Salt Lake City on Friday, July 19, 2019. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

(Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators are drafting a proposal to scrap a planned state-run medical cannabis dispensary system after facing pressure from county attorneys who said the system put public employees at risk of being prosecuted under federal drug laws.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers says medical cannabis would instead be distributed through up to 12 private dispensaries.

Gov. Gary Herbert has hinted about calling a special session where those changes could be approved, though no date has been announced.

The law now calls for seven private “cannabis pharmacies” with a state-run “central fill pharmacy” distributing the remainder of medical marijuana orders through Utah’s thirteen local health departments.

Some cannabis advocates are applauding the proposed change for increasing patient access. Others are concerned 12 dispensaries still won’t meet demand.

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Utah Scraps State-run Dispensary System For Medical Cannabis