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Utah lawmakers are again tweaking the state’s medical cannabis law after several county attorneys raised concerns about dispensing the drug through local health departments.

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More than 16,000 Utahns could get medical cannabis cards during the program’s first year, according to estimates commissioned by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.

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The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food announced Friday that it will award licenses to grow medical cannabis to eight cultivators.

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It’s 3 a.m. and Corey Ellis can’t sleep. He’s supposed to be on the road in a few hours, but the chronic pain in his hands and feet are bothering him. On this night, there’s another thing keeping him awake: anxiety.

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Just a handful of businesses will soon get the opportunity to grow marijuana in Utah, but it won’t come cheap.

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Medical cannabis products could be ready to sell to Utah patients as soon as January 1, 2020, if all goes according to plan, state officials told lawmakers on the Health and Human Services Interim Committee Wednesday.

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The Utah Supreme Court is considering whether to overturn the state Legislature’s replacement for voter-approved Proposition 2 that expanded patient access to medical marijuana.

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The Utah Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday morning against a controversial legislative rewrite of a voter-approved medical marijuana law.

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Medical marijuana in Utah is one step closer to being available to the public. As of today companies can apply to the state to create a new tracking system for cannabis from seed to patient.

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Representatives from Intermountain Healthcare announced today that staff in their hospitals can now endorse the use of medical cannabis, the first health system in the state to take that step since the Utah Medical Cannabis Act was passed in December.

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The state legislature passed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act last week. State agencies are already taking first steps to lay the groundwork for the law despite several lawsuits attempting to undo the compromise between cannabis advocates and elected officials.

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Dawn Nunn’s teenage son Alex died in August after he suffered a seizure. Nunn told a Utah legislative panel on Monday that Alex, who had autism, may have lived if he had been able to use medical cannabis under a voter-approved ballot proposition to expand access to the drug.

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Utah lawmakers will convene next week on Capitol Hill to hammer out a deal over Proposition 2, the ballot initiative voters approved to expand access to medical marijuana.

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Two patient advocacy groups are threatening a lawsuit over The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ involvement in the Utah Legislature’s planned special session to change the state’s medical cannabis laws.

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Updated 4:45 p.m. MST 11/9/18 Utah voters have approved a ballot initiative on medical marijuana, following a trend nationwide to relax laws targeting the drug, which is still illegal under federal statute.

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Sister Lisa Harkness, First Counselor in the General Primary Presidency that oversees Mormon children, is worried that Utah voters might be confused about what is on their ballot next week.

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Much of the opposition to Proposition 2, the medical cannabis ballot initiative before Utah voters, has focused on what critics warn are the “unintended consequences” of broader legalization.

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Utahns will begin voting on three citizen-led initiatives when ballots start hitting mailboxes soon. This week, we’re bringing you stories of voices behind the initiatives—people who could be directly affected if they pass. ​The following story focuses on one person in support of Proposition 2, which would broaden access to medical marijuana in Utah.

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Gov. Gary Herbert unveiled a legislative compromise on Thursday designed to assuage both sides of a fiercely contested ballot measure that would broaden access to medical marijuana in Utah.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is doubling down on their opposition to a citizen-led initiative expanding access to medical marijuana. In a statement released Friday, a church spokesperson wrote that the initiative raises “grave concerns” and that “the negative effects of marijuana are well-known.”