Utah Experiments: The legislative debate around medical marijuana in Utah

Not too long ago, the thought of using marijuana to treat ailments seemed like a pipe dream of the hippy era, a hallmark of areas that leaned left farther than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

But over the last few years, 23 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the use of medicinal marijuana, though marijuana itself continues to be banned federally. Gradually, the dialogue nationwide has changed from a joking “if Colorado jumped off a bridge, would you do it, too?” to one of serious discussion about whether a plant often referred to as a “gateway drug” could also hold the key to unlocking powerful treatments for some of the most difficult conditions plaguing man today.

That discussion was certainly lively during this year’s legislative session, as lawmakers on Capitol Hill debated not one but two bills proposing legalization of some form of medicinal marijuana: SB 73, proposing a relatively broad use of medicinal marijuana; and SB 89, proposing a somewhat more narrow allowance.

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