Broad Utah medical marijuana bill gets prelim Senate OK on narrow vote


Republican Sen. Mark Madsen, of Eagle Mountain, addresses legislators during debate on a medical marijuana bill on the Senate floor at the Utah Capitol on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer, The Associated Press)

Republican Sen. Mark Madsen, of Eagle Mountain, addresses legislators during debate on a medical marijuana bill on the Senate floor at the Utah Capitol on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer, The Associated Press)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah state senators gave preliminary approval Monday to a medical marijuana proposal that would legalize edible, vapor and topical pot products.

Lawmakers voted 15-13 to advance the bill, saying the measure could help those with certain debilitating conditions who have not found relief through other medications.

Bill sponsor Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain, said the plan would allow tens of thousands of residents with those medical conditions to use the drug but would ban smoking it.

Madsen expects a final Senate vote Tuesday. If approved, the measure must still be passed by Utah’s House of Representatives.

 

Source:  Broad Utah medical marijuana bill gets prelim Senate OK on narrow vote | The Cannabist

 

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