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Our notoriously conservative neighbors in Utah may consider broadening the scope of their medical marijuana legislation.

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Currently Utah has authorized a very limited medical marijuana program specifically for patients with severe epilepsy to access low-THC, high-cannabidiol cannabis oil extracts to manage the disorder.

A new bill, expected to be unveiled this week, would legalize other forms of medical marijuana, allowing the use of certain marijuana products containing THC – including oils and edibles – for people suffering with specific conditions and only with a doctor’s approval. The bill, proposed by Senator Mark Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs), would still not allow for marijuana to be smoked.

It’s not clear whether Madsen’s bill, titled “Medical Cannabis Amendments,” will receive the support of his colleagues, but many lawmakers – including Governor Gary Herbert – who supported last year’s approval of the limited cannabidiol-only program have expressed an unwillingness to expand to a more inclusive medical marijuana law.

Jennifer May, a co-founder of Hope for Children with Epilepsy, a group that was instrumental last year in pushing forward the bill that allows for children (as well as adults) with epilepsy to receive cannabis-derived oil treatment, supports a destigmatization of medical cannabis, and calls for lawmakers to start disassociating it from the negative image of stoners getting high on pot.

In an interview with Fox 13 May stated, “We need to move the discussion from ‘this is a drug we don’t talk about or ever use’ over to a product or substance that can be used for many different purposes and it needs to be used for the proper purpose