19 Nov Utah Panel Endorses Expanded Use of Marijuana Oil
A proposal to allow Utah residents to use oil extracted from marijuana to treat more diseases, including cancer and HIV, received an early vote of support Wednesday from some state lawmakers.
The measure also would allow the oil to be produced and distributed in Utah. The state currently lets only those with severe epilepsy who meet certain conditions have the oil, and only if they get it from other states such as neighboring Colorado.
Supporters say 2,000 to 5,000 people would be issued cards under the new program from Rep. Brad Daw of Orem and Sen. Evan Vickers of Cedar City, both Republicans. The Health and Human Services Interim Committee voted 10-5 to support it.
The panel did not vote on proposal for a much broader medical marijuana program that lawmakers have been weighing since earlier this year.
The extract called cannabidiol is low in THC, the hallucinogenic chemical in marijuana, and high in CBD, a chemical that some believe helps fight seizures. [Read more from the Associated Press at The Denver Post]