Lawmakers working on medical pot, prison relocation for 2016

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The next legislative session is eight months away, but Utah lawmakers are already working on bills to set up medical marijuana programs and halt a move to relocate the state prison.

Republican Sen. Mark Madsen of Saratoga Springs plans to once again try to pass a medical marijuana program in Utah. In March, senators narrowly voted down his measure that would have allowed patients with chronic and debilitating diseases to get edible marijuana products like candy and brownies from dispensaries if they have a doctor's prescription.

Utah lawmakers are expected to hold a special session later this year to vote on a new home for Utah's state prison. Republican Rep. Fred Cox of West Valley City said it may make sense to keep the prison at its 700-acre site in Draper and start replacing buildings.

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