Utah lat­est state to le­gal­ize med­i­cal pot, ex­pand Med­ic­aid

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD -

SALT LAKE CITY — Vot­ers in con­ser­va­tive Utah have de­cided to join the grow­ing num­ber of states le­gal­iz­ing med­i­cal mar­i­juana and ex­pand­ing Med­ic­aid to cover tens of thou­sands more low-in­come res­i­dents, two is­sues that had long stalled out with con­ser­va­tive state law­mak­ers.

Utah will be on the list of more than 30 states al­low­ing pa­tients le­gal ac­cess to med­i­cal mar­i­juana af­ter the plan main­tained a vote lead in in Fri­day tab­u­la­tions. The mea­sure will be re­vised, though, un­der a com­pro­mise that won the ap­proval of in­flu­en­tial Mor­mon church lead­ers.

The faith had op­posed the bal­lot pro­posal over fears it could lead to broader use, but af­ter months of fierce de­bate agreed to the deal. It will change the law by block­ing mar­i­juana ed­i­bles like cook­ies that might ap­peal to chil­dren and won’t al­low peo­ple to grow their own mar­i­juana if they live too far from a dis­pen­sary.

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