One of two proposals this year to expand Utah’s medical marijuana law sets up tight controls around a cannabis extract some conservative legislators may see as a safer option than a broader medical pot program.
Utah already allows the extract, called cannabidiol, to be used by those with severe epilepsy, as long as they obtain the product from other states.
Rep. Brad Daw of Orem and Sen. Evan Vickers of Cedar City, both Republicans, have proposed expanding the group of people allowed to use cannabidiol and setting up a way to distribute it in Utah.
The plan is expected to go before Utah’s Senate next week for a vote.
Utah is one of 17 states that allow some with specific medical conditions to use cannabidiol but don’t allow broader use of marijuana for medical reasons.
Another Utah Republican lawmaker has proposed a broader medical marijuana program that would allow the use of edible pot products, but supporters worry that the Mormon church’s opposition to the plan may have torpedoed it.
Both plans are awaiting a vote by the Utah Senate.