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Special Session ‘Could’ Loom to Fix Medical Marijuana Law, Utah Governor Says

Friday, August 23, 2019   (0 Comments)
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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday a special session could be on the agenda for lawmakers to implement fixes to the state’s medical marijuana law, but most importantly the federal government needs to act to reclassify the drug so states aren’t so hamstrung over the issue.

Herbert, in his monthly KUED, Ch. 7, press conference with reporters, said the most urgent agenda item needing action is for the federal government to reclassify the drug so states don’t bump up against problems in providing marijuana for medical purposes.

The potential fixes may come in light of announcements by Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill and Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings last month expressing concern that county health department employees could be at risk for de facto drug dealing because the Drug Enforcement Administration classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug and illegal under the Controlled Substances Act.

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