Utah's 'Right To Try' MMJ Bill In Full Effect

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Yesterday, House Bill 195 (HB195) went into effect. The bill allows only terminally ill patients to try medical marijuana for treatment. The experimental bill allows medicinal cannabis to the auspices of 2015’s Right to Try Act. 

The Right To Try Act allows patients with a terminal illness to use medical treatments not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Senate passed HB195 back in March by a vote of 19-3 while the House of Representatives approved the measure 40-26. The bill was then sent to Governor Gary Herbert, who signed it to law.

House Bill 197 (HB197) also went into effect yesterday. This law authorizes the establishment of a medicinal cannabis cultivation program in the state. “This bill becomes the way to supply a genuine cannabis medicine for both those programs," stated representative Brad Daw, the sponsor of both HB195 and HB197. "We need to pass this bill if we want to have patients the ability to try both under Right to Try and under research."

While things are looking up when it comes to experimenting with medical marijuana as treatment, another stronger initiative is making its way to the November ballot. The Utah Medical Cannabis Act, if successful, would allow patients with a list of specific serious medical conditions to use medical marijuana, allow for the creation of a legalized cultivation and distribution infrastructure and the necessary regulatory framework to manage it. The Act has already gained more than 40,000 signatures in excess of the 113,143 necessary.

Drug Safe Utah, a group against marijuana legalization, is trying their best to convince people who have signed petitions to remove their names.