Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed off on a bill to allow research into the health benefits and risks of medical marijuana.
State lawmakers rejected a larger medical marijuana program before sending the research bill to the governor to sign over the weekend, the Associated Press reported.
The Utah Medical Association endorsed the research proposal, saying more exploration is needed before the state moves forward with a MMJ program.
Utah lawmakers have tried unsuccessfully to pass medical marijuana laws during the past three legislative sessions.
Cannabis advocates are pushing to add an initiative to the November 2018 ballot to allow marijuana to be used as medicine, the Associated Press reported.
Since 2014, Utah has allowed patients with severe epilepsy to buy CBD extracts in other states and use it at home without threat of prosecution. But it appears several more years will pass before any cannabis business opportunities manifest in the Beehive State.