Complementary medical marijuana bills pass at Capitol

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) - Two medical marijuana bills that needed to pass together have done so in the legislature.

The two measures passed through the Senate and now go to the governor’s desk.

House Bill 197 sets up a way for Utah to cultivate marijuana, while House Bill 195 allows terminally ill patients to try cannabis as an option. House Bill 197 was also needed to supply cannabis for research which the legislature approved last session.

Representative Brad Daw, who sponsored the bills, says they had been working on these plans for about a year, but says both needed to pass for it work properly.

"Making sure that we have product in place for so that we can do proper research. Then the right to try is acknowledgement that in this case the benefits far outweighs any potential risks,” said Rep. Daw (R-Orem).

Rep. Daw isn't sure what will happen to the rules if a medical marijuana ballot indicative passes in November. He says that's something they will have to look at when it happens.

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