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New Cannabis Legislation Proposed

Countdown! We have only 21 working days LEFT in the 2020 session.

Brand new bill SB121 – Vickers. It has a few interesting changes proposed.

1. Inactive metabolite will not be not be a criminal offense

a. 80 ▸ exempts cannabis metabolite from a driving-related crime in certain circumstances

2. “standard” packaging is OK

a. 593 (b) package the raw cannabis or cannabis product in a medicinal dosage form in a 594 container that:

595 (i) [except for a blister pack,] is tamper evident and tamper resistant;

3. Dr can prescribe up to 275, not just 175.

a. 1263 (4) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(b) [or (c)], a qualified medical provider 1264 may not recommend a medical cannabis treatment to more than [175] 275 of the qualified

1265 medical provider's patients at the same time, as determined by the number of medical cannabis

4. Fail drug test? Can challenge if you have only used CBD.

a. 2914 (i) an individual fails a drug test based on the presence of tetahyrdrocannabinol in the

2915 sample; and

2916 (ii) the individual asserts that the individual only used cannabidiol or a cannabidiol 2917 product.

5. Convicted on marijuana use prior to 2019, you can seek expungement.

4026 (10) Notwithstanding Subsections (3), (5), (6), (7), and (8), a petitioner seeking to

4027 obtain expungement for a record of conviction related to cannabis possession is eligible to

4028 receive a certificate of eligibility from the bureau if the petitioner can demonstrate that:

4029 (a) the petitioner had, at the time of the relevant arrest or citation leading to the

4030 conviction, a qualifying condition, as that term is defined in Section 26-61a-102; and

4031 (b) the possession of cannabis in question was in a form and an amount to medicinally

4032 treat the condition described in Subsection (10)(a).

6. Dosing parameters are modified.

1968 (iv) [dosing parameters] directions of use and dosing guidelines or an indication that

1969 the qualified medical provider did not recommend specific directions of use or dosing

1970 [parameters] guidelines; and

7. Can use CBD from outside of Utah

195 (i) the person purchased the product outside the state; and

8. Non Resident can purchase cannibus for 45 days in Utah

826 (33) "Nonresident patient" means an individual who:

827 (a) is not a resident of Utah or has been a resident of Utah for less than 45 days;

828 (b) has a currently valid medical cannabis card or the equivalent of a medical cannabis

829 card under the laws of another state, district, territory, commonwealth, or insular possession of

9. 84 ▸ exempts a lawful medical cannabis user from a weapons restriction;

The nature of our committees, and especially our Appropriation Committees, has changed. They are still hearing some requests for funding, but it is now primarily in the form of Legislators that have bills that were not filed by the deadline last Thursday. As a result, they must now submit the bill through a committee, and then it can be numbered and heard. Our award of running from committee to committee has to go to Senator Anderegg!

We heard 18 Bills in the House today (2 circled) – Double duty today – Morning and Afternoon Sessions

3 bills disputed, (HB125 – Division of Wildlife Resources Amendments (47/22) HB17 – Congressional Vacancies (58/16), HJR 1 – Joint Rules Resolution - United States Senate Vacancy (58/16).

- 15 NEW numbered bills

- 4 NEW requested bills

Total Bill Count as of 2.7.20:

- House 314

- Senate 124

- House Concurrent Resolutions (HCR) 11

- House Joint Resolution (HJR) 15

- House Resolutions (HR) 1

- Senate Concurrent Resolutions (SCR) 6

- Senate Joint Resolutions (SJR) 9

- Senate Resolutions (SR) 0

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