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Narrow Medical Cannabis Cultivation Bill Passes Utah House


A House bill to allow the Utah Department of Agriculture and Foodto 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.


Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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