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They say the third time is a charm, well they were right. Wednesday a medical marijuana bill was passed after its third reading in the Utah State Senate, according to Fox News.
Senate Bill 73 was proposed by Senator Mark Madsen, a long time supporter of medical cannabis. After revising the bill several times it has finally passed 17 to 12 and will be put to another vote in the house of representatives.
If SB73 is passed, it will legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients who will be individually approved and registered by the state. This is not the first bill that has been proposed to legalize some form of medical cannabis in Utah. Senate Bill 89, a competing measure, proposes that doctors prescribe marijuana extracts rather than flower.
Both bills have been passed in the state senate and will now be voted on in the house. It is speculated that SB89 stands a better chance in passing because the language used is more precise.
SB73 was recently revised to narrow the definition of “cannabis” so that it would be more appealing to the senate. To learn more about the heated debate of medical marijuana in the Utah State Senate, read the full article.
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