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Medical-marijuana advocates challenging new law in court

Medical-marijuana advocates challenging new law in court

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Medical-marijuana advocates in Utah are suing to block a compromise agreement legalizing the drug, saying it wrongly guts a measure approved by voters. The lawsuit filed Thursday says the changes create overwhelming obstacles for suffering patients. It asks a judge to set aside the overhaul […]

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Utah lawmakers approve medical pot changes, despite concerns

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lawmakers in conservative Utah passed sweeping changes Monday to a new voter-approved medical-marijuana ballot measure under a planned compromise that secured the support of the influential Mormon church but sparked a backlash from advocates. Supporters of the compromise cheered the vote, saying it would help […]

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Utah House passes medical marijuana compromise

Utah House passes medical marijuana compromise

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah House of Representatives has passed a compromise plan to legalize medical marijuana despite concerns that the regulations make it too hard for patients to access the drug. The Monday vote came after about two hours of debate. It now goes to the Utah Senate, […]

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Lawmakers to meet Monday to alter marijuana ballot measure

Lawmakers to meet Monday to alter marijuana ballot measure

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah state lawmakers will meet Monday in a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a medical marijuana law passed by voters in the midterm election. Gov. Gary Herbert on Friday formally called the special session, which will begin at 10 a.m. The […]

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Legislators: Draft bill on marijuana set for consideration

Legislators: Draft bill on marijuana set for consideration

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers and others involved in forging legislation to revise a voter-approved medical marijuana law say they’ve settled on a new version for consideration during an anticipated December special session. The Utah Medical Cannabis Act set to be discussed during a legislative committee hearing Monday would replace […]

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Utah Senate president: Lawmakers need to attend pot session

Utah Senate president: Lawmakers need to attend pot session

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says fellow senators need to attend a planned Dec. 3 special legislative session to change a voter-approved medical marijuana ballot measure and that if necessary he’ll compel them to show up. A Thursday email sent by Niederhauser says he “will […]

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Utah Senate president: Lawmakers need to attend pot session

Utah Senate president: Lawmakers need to attend pot session

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says fellow senators need to attend a planned Dec. 3 special legislative session to change a voter-approved medical marijuana ballot measure and that if necessary he’ll compel them to show up. A Thursday email sent by Niederhauser says he “will […]

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Marijuana backers balk at plan to revise ballot measure

Marijuana backers balk at plan to revise ballot measure

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A pair of pro-marijuana groups in Utah are threatening to sue over a special session scheduled for next month when a medical marijuana ballot measure passed by voters will be revised as part of a compromise reached before the election. The groups allege in a […]

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Utah House speaker assures Democrats of not blocking Prop 2

Utah House speaker assures Democrats of not blocking Prop 2

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, is telling skeptical Democrats that an agreement reached between Mormon leaders, lawmakers and marijuana proponents wasn’t done to sabotage the medical marijuana ballot initiative. Unlike Proposition 2, which would legalize medical marijuana for individuals in Utah with qualifying medical […]

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Mormon church backs deal to allow medical marijuana in Utah

Mormon church backs deal to allow medical marijuana in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church joined lawmakers, the governor and advocates to back a deal Thursday that would legalize medical marijuana in conservative Utah after months of fierce debate. The compromise comes as people prepare to vote in November on an insurgent medical marijuana ballot initiative that […]

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