Utah Passes Bills on Cannabis to Allow Patients Some Access, Farmers Grow Pot

SALT LAKE CITY —Utah lawmakers passed bills to allow terminally ill people to use certain forms of marijuana, allow farmers to grow it for research purposes and set up a state-run dispensary to sell it to researchers and those terminal patients.

Marijuana advocates have said the piecemeal approach doesn’t go far enough, and they’re pursuing a ballot initiative that would ask voters in November to sign-off on a broader medical pot law.

The changes come as Utah legislators wrapped up their annual session Thursday after passing bills to expand Medicaid to thousands of the state’s poor and give teens fleeing polygamous communities more legal rights.

The proposals were among more than 500 bills lawmakers passed after 45 days on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City.

Lindsay Whitehurst And Michelle L. Price, The Associated Press