Utah state senators gave preliminary approval Monday to a medical marijuana proposal that would legalize edible, vapor and topical pot products.
Lawmakers voted 15-13 to advance the bill, saying it could help those with certain debilitating conditions who have not found relief through other medications.
Sponsor Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain, said the plan would allow tens of thousands of residents with those medical conditions to use the drug but would ban smoking it.
Madsen expects a final Senate vote Tuesday. If approved, the measure must still be passed by Utah’s House.
During the debate Monday, he promised that the proposal is in no way a first step toward the state legalizing recreational marijuana.
“This is Utah,” he said. “It is not inevitable.”
The vast majority of states that have adopted medical marijuana programs have not adopted recreational marijuana programs, Madsen said.
The vote took place the same day The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints softened its stance on Madsen’s proposal. While stopping short of endorsing it, the church said added restrictions to the plan late last week…