The Suntimes Network report

Patients would be allowed to consume marijuana oils and edibles, but smoking marijuana would remain illegal under the proposed bill.

Still, SB73 would allow for “whole-plant” usage, meaning patients could consume marijuana products containing THC. That would go farther than a competing medical cannabis bill, sponsored by Republican Representatives Brad Daw and Evan Vickers, which would only allow for cannabidiol (CBD) use, as reported by The Spectrum.

Madsen introduced a medical cannabis bill in 2015 as well, but it was narrowly defeated in the Senate.

Under Madsen’s proposed bill, qualifying health conditions may include AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to military service and chronic pain. SB73 would also authorize the Utah Department of Health to license medical marijuana dispensaries.


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