The Utah House of Representatives has passed a bill this week that allows terminally ill patients the ability to try medical marijuana.
The bill, called House Bill 195, passed on a 40-26 vote and was sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem.
It allows ill patients the “right to try” medical cannabis. Under the bill, doctors will be able to recommend cannabis for a patient with six months or less to live.
The bill will now go to the Senate.
While that bill passed, another failed. The bill called, HB197, a companion measure to HB195, had a 36-34 vote. A constitutional majority of 38 is needed to pass. The bill would have allowed the Utah Department of Agriculture to contract with a third party to oversee the growing and processing of full-strength cannabis in the state.
“There was as lot more angst about the cultivation than I thought,” remarked Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem.