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 A graphic showing which states currently legalize marijuana, both medical and recreational.
A graphic showing which states currently legalize marijuana, both medical and recreational.

Utah lawmakers considering two medical marijuana bills
By Caleb Larkin on November 10, 2015.

Utah lawmakers are considering two bills for the state to adopt a broader legal use for medical marijuana.

The Health and Human Service Committee will meet again on Nov. 18 to consider legislation for medical marijuana use. The committee proposed two bills for the 2016 session in a recent October meeting.

The first proposal, by Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, and Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, would give up to 5,000 Utahns access to an oil extract from hemp plants for therapeutic purposes. Individuals with a “qualified illness” would register in state database for prescribed marijuana.
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