Utah lawmakers anticipate special session on compromise medical marijuana bill, Dec. 3

In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, photo, a clerk reaches for a container of marijuana buds for a customer at Utopia Gardens, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Detroit. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized medical marijuana, will decide now if the drug should be legal for any adult 21 and older. They would become the 10th and 11th states to legalize so-called recreational marijuana since 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(KUTV) -- According to UtahPolicy.com, Utah lawmakers anticipate a special session on the compromise medical marijuana legislation to take place on December 3.

House Speaker Greg Hughes told the public policy website that the special session is called by Gov. Gary Herbert but he expects lawmakers to convene about the legislation that first Monday in December.

Unofficial results from Tuesday's midterm elections show Utah voters passed Proposition 2. The Utah Elections Office said, under state law, propositions approved by voters take effect five days after the state canvasses ballot totals.

The canvass occurs Nov. 26, and five days later is December 1. The Governor’s Office told 2News it “anticipates a special session (to change Prop 2 language) shortly thereafter.”

UtahPolicy.com reported that the proposed legislation provides a limited number of licenses for medical cannabis growers.

It additionally establishes strict requirements for security, safety and inventory controls. Distribution of medical cannabis would go through state-licensed dispensaries or a state-central fill pharmacy and local health departments.

Applications for medical cannabis prescription cards are to begin March of 2020, the compromise bill proposes.


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