Utah Lawmakers to Again Discuss Medical Marijuana Proposal
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers will discuss a proposal Wednesday to allow medical marijuana in the conservative state after holding a series of meetings on the issue this summer.
The talks would be a precursor to official action on a bill next year. Eagle Mountain Republican Sen. Mark Madsen has been trying to convince his colleagues that allowing residents with chronic or debilitating conditions to use marijuana is a compassionate and conservative move. Earlier this year, Madsen unsuccessfully tried to pass a law allowing those with qualifying conditions to consume edible marijuana products such as brownies and candies.
It would not have allowed marijuana to be smoked. He said he had tried marijuana to treat chronic back pain and would consider using it again. Lawmakers killed his proposal, saying they worried about unintended consequences. Madsen plans to try again in 2016.