Since the start of the marijuana debate, we Americans have witnessed some significant changes in the mainframe of our country. As of now, more than thirty states have allowed medicinal uses for the little green plant, while eight states (including California, Colorado, and Washington) have fully legalized recreational use of cannabis. As more states begin to sway to the pro-marijuana movement, one particular state has made an interesting case. Recently, Utah has announced its plans for medical marijuana through the development of Proposition 2. Even the Mormon Church has shown its support for this motion, even if it has criticized certain portions of the proposed law. However, how does the Beehive State currently regulate the little herb? Let’s take a closer look at some facts about cannabis laws in Utah.
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For a while, Utah was infamous for its tight regulations on marijuana. However, in recent years, lawmakers’ perspectives have started to shift toward the pro-cannabis view. Recently, Governor Gary Herbert created a piece of legislation that will allow local farmers to grow marijuana for research and development in laboratories and to provide the drug to terminal patients. Furthermore, this year, Proposition 2 will be placed on the Utah ballot and will possibly transform the landscape of medical cannabis in the Beehive State, for good.
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