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Legislature to keep backing away from the massive mess created by the 3001 compromise and tack further back toward Prop 2's original outlines. After heroic fixes, the program will now only be forty percent worse than Prop 2 would have been.

Which gives them something else to fix in 2021 one supposes.

Actually, considering how bad the situation was after the 2018 Special Session there's quite a bit to be relieved about in these backpedaling "reforms" that Vickers, Daw and others are taking bows for. But nothing that wasn't already embodied in the goals and principles we and other activists have been advocating for in the Legislature since 2015 – and well before that as other states successfully implemented programs far more sensible than what we have now.

Good news: Blister packs will likely never be implemented. There's some vague language about opaque jars of limited quantity, so we may still get "son of blister packs," but it sounds like a genuine move back from insanity (sorry but we are NOT going to give this crew positive credit for realizing their "compromise" was too awful to ever get off the ground and making it gradually less awful).

Also biting the dust: the nonsensical "dosage parameters" – to be replaced by "dosage guidelines" once the august policy makers realized that likely zero doctors were willing to risk their DEA prescribing numbers for a practice that never made a lick of medical sense.

Further, some kind of formula seems likely to allow more recommendations by individual physicians, almost like for any other medicine.

And in ACTUAL new good news, there may be provisions for expungement of prior cannabis convictions, and we'll congratulate lawmakers who make that happen. There's also talk of a somewhat more sensible approach to determining if drivers are legally intoxicated, but we'll have to see what the legislature does with those proposals once the teetotalers come out of the woodwork.

So half a yay for half the reforms needed. Even if all of these proposals pass, there are still many provisions which hamstring what the program could and should be, but advocates aren't going away and at least the next steps are hopefully going to be mostly in the right direction.

Here's to better days ahead….


Blister packs removed and patient expungements possible in new Utah medical cannabis bill

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill set to be introduced in the Utah State Legislature will make a number of changes to the state's medical cannabis program, including removing special packaging requirements and allowing qualifying patients to seek to have prior marijuana convictions expunged. "We’re trying …