Sponsor: Utah Patients Coalition
This ballot initiative would allow patients with specific medical conditions to legally obtain and use, with a doctor’s recommendation, up to two ounces of cannabis (“medical marijuana”), or up to 10 grams of cannabidiol or tetrahydrocannabinol (chemicals found in marijuana), in a 14-day period. Patients would be required to obtain a medical cannabis card connected to an electronic verification system, administered by the state Department of Health.
Qualifying illnesses would include HIV, Alzheimer’s, cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis, autism, and chronic or debilitating pain in individuals who are unable to use opiates or are at risk of becoming dependent or overdosing on opiates. Other conditions could qualify, on a case-by-case basis, as determined by a Compassionate Use Board of five physicians.