Utah set to roll out medical cannabis program for terminal patients

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Ahead of a possible vote in November that may initiate a much broader program, Utah’s state government will roll out a much more restrictive “right to try” medical marijuana system, but only for terminally ill patients.

According to Salt Lake City TV station KSTU, the program will be run by the state Department of Food and Agriculture, and there will be very little role for private companies.

The department likely will contract with an independent company to grow the MMJ, but the state will run all distribution and sales to patients.

It’s unclear still how that will work, but there has “been some discussion of a courier service” as opposed to conducting sales only in physical storefronts, KSTU reported.

Full rules governing Utah’s MMJ system under the “right to try” program will be published by October, with sales possibly beginning by the end of the year or in early 2019.

Edibles such as gummies will be prohibited, and the program mandates that MMJ must be in “medical dosage form, which is a capsule, a tablet, a transdermal,” a spokesman for the Food and Agriculture department told the TV station.

Meanwhile, a campaign to get MMJ legalized for non-terminal patients is still battling a legal challenge from opponents seeking to keep it off the ballot.