SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on two competing plans to allow people with certain medical conditions to use marijuana being considered in the Senate (all times local):
Utah senators have voted to give preliminary approval to the more restrictive of two dueling marijuana bills this year.
The proposal would allow those with cancer, AIDS and other similar conditions to use a cannabis extract with very low levels of the plant’s psychoactive components.
Lawmakers voted 26-3 in favor of the plan Friday despite concerns from critics that it would not be an effective treatment for people with certain medical conditions, including amputee patients with phantom limb pain.
Utah currently allows the extract to be used by only those with severe epilepsy, as long as they obtain it outside of Utah.
It will now face a final Senate vote and then move to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Lawmakers on Friday will consider two competing medical marijuana proposals, including a broader proposal that recently received a significant blow when the Mormon church announced its opposition.