SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah is moving forward with plans to grow marijuana for terminally ill patients granted a “right to try” it.
Under a series of laws passed by the Utah State Legislature earlier this year, terminally ill patients will be able to take medical-grade cannabis. The legislature has ordered the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to grow the marijuana and distribute it.
Agriculture officials have been crafting rules after an initial phase of public feedback. Another round of public feedback will take place later this year when the rules are formally published for medical cannabis and industrialized hemp.
All of this is independent of the ballot initiative for medical marijuana, which has been certified to go before voters in November. A lawsuit is under way to block it, but if the initiative makes it on the ballot and passes — lawmakers will have to take another look at what they passed and whether it can work with what the initiative seeks.
Based on what’s being considered so far, here’s what the program will look like: For starters, the state will not distribute marijuana in gummy or edible form.
“Under current statute it is not, because the statute says it has to be in medical dosage form which is a capsule, a tablet, a transdermal,” Scott Ericson, the deputy commissioner of the Utah Dept. of Agriculture and Food, said in an interview with FOX 13.
Lawmakers have expressed concern about children accessing medical marijuana. There’s also question about whether an edible product would have the legally mandated medical dosage.
“How do we know all 12 cookies have the same amount of THC in them?” Ericson said.
Tom Paskett, the policy director for the