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Prominent Utah prosecutor joins medical marijuana push

Prominent Utah prosecutor joins medical marijuana push

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill is joining a well-organized push for state lawmakers to pass a medical marijuana bill this year.

Gill on Wednesday joined about 30 people at Utah's State Capitol who want to use the drug to treat medical conditions. The group is asking lawmakers to vote in favor of a bill from Sen. Mark Madsen, a Republican from Eagle Mountain.

Though Gill appeared at a press conference supporting Madsen's bill, he says he isn't pushing for any particular legislation. He says he wants state leaders to pass a medical marijuana program.

Madsen's proposal would allow tens of thousands of residents with chronic conditions to consume edible pot products but bans smoking pot.

He's hoping to persuade his colleagues to support it instead of a more restrictive program from two other GOP lawmakers.

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