Special Session's coming Sept. 16 – and it will likely coronate whatever's been decided in meeting and hearings in a single day like the last SS.

The changes we know are in the draft bill (link below and in first comment):

-No Central Flll/No County Health Dept. Distribution

-More dispensaries ("pharmacies")

-Home delivery by courier under some scenarios

-Online portal where patients can manage their status, get info, and order online.

-Enhanced patient protections to rein in judicial and prosecutorial overreach (we haven't evaluated these).

….if you have any particular notions about what needs to be changed an how, now is the time to let your reps hear from you. Changes are being moved to finalization even as we write…..

Here's some of text of the letter from the Governor's office:

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued a call for a special session of the Utah State Legislature on Monday, September 16 and will focus on issues related to the dispensing of medical cannabis. It will also consider census funding, and several other technical adjustments.

“My administration is dedicated to ensuring that
quality, medical grade cannabis products are accessible to patients by March of 2020,” said Gov. Herbert. “Removing the requirement for a state central fill pharmacy will provide efficient and timely distribution for those who need it.”

Senate President J. Stuart Adams and Speaker Brad Wilson both emphasized that this session will allow legislators to make needed adjustments before the general session.

"A special session provides the opportunity to consider adjustments and improvements as circumstances change," said Senate President Adams. "Legislators will convene to discuss and hear public comment on issues, deliberate on matters and take possible action."

“Utah is one of the best managed states in the country. Our success isn’t an accident. It’s a collaborative process,” said Speaker Wilson. “Special sessions provide part-time lawmakers an opportunity to make needed changes to complex legislation in a way that best serves our community.”

Issues to be addressed include the following:

Amendments to medical cannabis laws to repeal requirements regarding a state central fill pharmacy and other amendments necessary to ensure the efficient and safe implementation and operation of the state’s program – and deal with six other non-medical cannabis matters.

Here's the draft bill: https://le.utah.gov/Documents/2019S10001_004.pdf

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Herbert calls special session to make changes to medical cannabis law

Gov. Gary Herbert called a special for Monday, September 16 for lawmakers to consider changes to Utah's medical cannabis law.


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