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Narrow Medical Cannabis Cultivation Bill Passes Utah House


A House bill to allow the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to grow cannabis for medical and research purposes passed by the narrowest of margins Tuesday.

Republican Rep. Brad Daw is the bill's sponsor. He says it would be the mechanism to grow cannabis for terminally ill patients to use under a companion "right to try" bill that passed last week. 

"This bill becomes the way to supply genuine cannabis medicine for both of those programs. So we need to pass this bill," says Daw, "if we want to have patients' the ability to try, both under 'right to try' and under research under an institutional review board."

The bill passed in a nail-biter 38-32 vote with a 38-vote minimum for passage. The bill moves on to the Senate.


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