Fox 13 Salt Lake City reports..
Sen. Vickers acknowledged his bill dealt with medical marijuana in “increments,” but said it was a more prudent approach.
“We need to be careful how we do this, otherwise we’ll only duplicate the pitfalls other states have experienced,” he said.
Vickers’ bill passed 26-3. Madsen’s faced the bigger debate.
“I know some very powerful, political special interests have been working against this bill,” Sen. Madsen said on the Senate floor. “I also know that the people of this state understand this issue. Maybe better than some of us here. I also know they’re inclined to take this into their own hands if we don’t do it right.”
On Friday, Madsen announced a flurry of amendments to his bill to appease his opponents — including the LDS Church. Among them, he gutted part of his bill by removing the “whole plant” aspect, allowing full marijuana flower to be used. Instead, only oils, extracts and edibles would be allowed. It still gives more of an effect than SB89, but could cost patients more, he said.
“I don’t want to let this go,” an emotional Madsen said. “This is an important part of the bill for a lot of people.”
But that helped the bill’s chances on Utah’s Capitol Hill. Lawmakers who previously opposed his medical marijuana legislation came around. Sen. Pete Knudson, R-Brigham City, said he supported it. The amendments were why Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, announced he would vote for it.
“If we don’t do something meaningful this session, then it will go to initiative. The states that have passed recreational by Colorado, it was done by initiative,” Weiler said.
Senate Bill 89 http://le.utah.gov/~2016/bills/static/SB0089.html
Senate Bill 73 http://le.utah.gov/~2016/bills/static/SB0073.html