Advocates Push Back On Changes To Utah Medical Marijuana Law
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Proposed changes to Utah’s medical marijuana program came under fire from people on both sides of the issue during a tense public hearing.
Utah legislators held a public hearing Monday to discuss changes to the law ahead of a special session next week to approve amendments.
Medical marijuana advocates raised concerns that cannabis patients could be prosecuted for drug crimes and said 12 pharmacies won’t be enough to meet growing demand.
Members of a conservative group that opposed legalizing medical marijuana said they want to make sure parents are still liable for child abuse while using cannabis.
The draft proposes eliminating an unusual plan for a state-run medical marijuana dispensary system in favor of private dispensaries following concerns that state distribution could put public employees at risk of federal prosecution.
The program is set to launch next year.
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