Utah will grow marijuana for terminally ill patients — but edibles aren’t allowed

A marijuana plant is shown at a commercial grow in Springfield, Ore., May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

The state of Utah is moving forward with plans to grow marijuana for terminally ill patients granted a “right to try” it.

Under a series of laws passed by the Utah Legislature earlier this year, terminally ill patients will be able to take medical-grade cannabis. The Legislature has ordered the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to grow the marijuana and distribute it.

Agriculture officials have been crafting rules after an initial phase of public feedback. Another round will take place later this year when the rules are formally published for medical cannabis and industrialized hemp.

All of this is independent of the ballot initiative for medical marijuana, which has been certified to go before voters in November. A lawsuit is underway to block it, but if the initiative does make it on the ballot and passes, lawmakers will have to take another look at what they passed and whether it can work with what the initiative seeks.

Based on what’s being considered so far, here’s what the program will look like: For starters, the state will not distribute marijuana in gummy or edible form.

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