WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Medical marijuana legal in Utah... for now
(KUTV) -- Medical marijuana is now legal in Utah as Proposition 2 took effect on midnight Saturday, but there are plans by the Utah Legislature to change the voter approved measure.
The Utah Department of Public Safety put out a new “training bulletin” for state troopers, saying it’s legal this weekend for someone to “possess cannabis without a medical card if the individual has a preexisting condition.”
There are limits: four ounces or less of raw cannabis, 20 grams or less of THC/cannabinoid oil, and that same amount in a vaping device or edibles.
A DPS spokeswoman said a person identified as having those amounts of marijuana must verbalize a preexisting condition, but doctors’ notes will not be required.
Again, that’s the DPS guidance for troopers, not necessarily how other police agencies will carry out weekend enforcement.
DPS also stressed there’s no change in how it approaches impaired driving — a DUI is still a DUI, no matter the drug.
Speaker of the Utah House Greg Hughes said discussions were still continuing Friday on his “compromise” medical marijuana bill, which will be on the floor Monday.
"It’s been a work in progress,“ said Hughes. “I will be stepping off the dais and sponsoring the bill.“
He said the measure will be nearly 190 pages long, and with a two-thirds vote of the Legislature, it would become law as soon as it’s signed by the governor.
“For people who say this is wired, it’s all done, it’s finished, you say what?” 2News asked Hughes.
“You can’t have it both ways,“ he replied. “You can’t say were still working on this legislation to improve it, and say it’s wired and it’s all done.“