Utah Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Compromise
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers have passed changes to a new voter-approved medical marijuana law under a compromise agreement that's sparked concern that it makes it too hard for patients to get the drug.
Lawmakers approved the measure during a special session on Monday.
The changes include blocking many marijuana edibles, preventing rural people from growing their own marijuana and narrowing the list of eligible medical conditions.
Democrats in both the Utah House and Senate proposed leaving the original language intact, but the proposals were overwhelmingly voted down in the Republican-dominated chambers.
Compromise supporters point out that any form of legalized medical marijuana is a big step in the conservative state. They say the agreement strikes the right balance of letting suffering patients access the drug while preventing recreational use.