Utah Governor Open to Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that he would be open to legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, provided the science shows it can benefit patients and tight regulations can be put in place to control distribution.

“I’m open to the idea of medical marijuana,” the governor said, “and the discussion of how it can be used as a medicine based on science, and making sure we have good, collaborative efforts so we can answer the questions that are out there.”

That appears to be a change from his position during the recent legislative session, when he expressed concerns about a bill sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, that would have created a state-licensed system of medical marijuana growing facilities and dispensaries where patients could buy the drug with a doctor’s recommendation. At the time, Herbert said the bill could lead to a “slippery slope” toward legal, recreational use.

– Read the entire article at The Salt Lake Tribune.

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