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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.

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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.