On Feb. 27, 2017, the Utah Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to approve SB 211, a bill that would establish regulations for a state-run medical marijuana program.
Under the proposed legislation, the state Department of Agriculture and Food would issue licenses for medical marijuana products, the Department of Commerce would handle licensing for dispensaries, and the Department of Health would be responsible for issuing patient ID cards.
However, while the bill creates some regulatory framework, it does not actually legalize medical marijuana in Utah.
Speaking with The Salt Lake Tribune, bill sponsor Sen. Evan Vickers, explained that the legislature wanted to hold off on legalization due to uncertainty surrounding the Trump Administration’s stance on federal marijuana policy.
“We felt like it was prudent to continue the discussion how the state would handle things, realizing nothing would be triggered until you had something in place that said we’re going to legalize this type of cannabis product and for these conditions,” Vickers said.
SB211 will now go before the full Senate for consideration.