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Utah Ballot Initiative Would Expand Medical Marijuana Program

Advocates who want to see Utah pass a broad medical marijuana program will announce Tuesday that they will try to ask voters to approve the idea.

A group called Truce is pushing for marijuana to be allowed in the state as a treatment for certain chronic conditions. The group will announce a ballot initiative Tuesday.

A Republican state senator has proposed a similar plan but supporters worry it was dealt a major blow when the Mormon church announced its opposition.

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Most Utah lawmakers are members of the church.

Lawmakers also have a more restrictive marijuana plan in the works this year that more conservative legislators favor.

Truce advocate Christine Stenquist says many people won't get relief under the restrictive alternative, which limits eligible conditions and only allows a marijuana extract to be used.