UPDATE (Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, 5:01 p.m.) — Lawmakers in the Utah House of Representatives unanimously passed amendments to Utah's medical marijuana law on Thursday. The legislation now moves on to Governor Gary Herbert, who could sign it as soon as the end of this week.
SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Utah’s medical cannabis law may be on the verge of changing again, with an aim to approve the latest tweaks quickly — even before the state’s medical marijuana program begins on March 1.
Senator Evan Vickers, sponsor of a new bill, Senate Bill 121 — Medical Cannabis Amendments — said the focus is to make the law “better” and “a little easier for patients and growers.”
Key elements of the proposed changes, according to Vickers:
“If you used it last night, it might be ‘inactive,’ and you wouldn’t be charged?” 2News asked.
“Correct,” Vickers replied.
“If you used it 30 minutes ago, you might be charged?”
“That’s exactly right,” he said.
In the journey from illegal to legal medical marijuana in Utah, there was first Proposition 2, passed by voters, then the Legislature’s version, then tweaks from the Legislature, and now more proposed tweaks. Vickers maintained Prop 2 would have led to a later start date for the program, and would have required even more changes.
Still, S.B. 121, he suspected, is not the final word on medical cannabis.
“I wish I could say that,” said Vickers, “but I’m afraid this is a gift that keeps on giving.”