Legislative Roundup: As we write Sunday's post, we don't have any detailed media stories about the sum of all the cannabis law changes made by the Legislature as the 2020 Legislature closed up shop for the year (well, the regular session at least).
So we'll just put some links to the most recent press coverage we've seen – and there are actually many changes.
**Utah lawmakers tweak medical marijuana program**
3/11/20: "A bill that tweaks Utah’s new medical marijuana program would allow facilities to purchase, transport or possess medical pot for a patient holding a medical marijuana card." [This aspect may merit further coverage later. We'll see.]
[a] lengthens the time of validity of an initial medical cannabis card
[b] allows patients with a letter from a medical professional to purchase medical marijuana from a pharmacy through the rest of the year.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jen Daily-Provost, also removes a limit on the size of signage for cannabis production facilities and medical cannabis pharmacies.
The bill appears headed for quick approval by the Legislature.
Another medical pot bill, SB212, earned earlier approval from Gov. Gary Herbert. The measure clarifies:
[a] that private employers don’t need to allow marijuana use
[b] requires raw medical marijuana flower to be packaged in sealed containers with a 60-day expiration date that marks it as illegal, rather than blister packs."
**Rollout of Utah's medical cannabis sector 'bumpy,'
just one pharmacy operating**
3/11/20: This story details aspects of how further parts of the program – e.g., dispensaries – are scheduled to roll out.
[PS: It occurs to us that Covid-19 concerns could come into play here, but a fairly detailed article of the developments and near-term time table as of Thursday.}
**Utah Legislature approves medical cannabis law tweaks**
2/27: 'Utah lawmakers made a batch of last-minute fixes to the state’s medical cannabis law on Thursday, just days away from the official launch of the marijuana program.
SB121 would offer:
[a] expungement opportunities for patients prosecuted in the past,
[b] increase how many cannabis recommendations each doctor can issue,
[c] eliminate a much-maligned packaging requirement for raw flower.
The House passed the measure unanimously, sending it to Gov. Gary Herbert. If he signs the measure, it will go into effect immediately."
It's still not what we want or what patients deserve, but there is movement in many directions to stay on top of….
A bill that tweaks Utah’s new medical marijuana program would allow facilities to purchase, transport or possess medical pot for a patient holding a medical marijuana card. The new bill, HB425, includes other provisions aimed at helping Utah’s medical marijuana program, which started on March 1….