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Gov. Herbert signs medical marijuana research bill

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 27, 2017 at 5:14 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's governor has signed off on a bill that allows research into the risks and benefits of medical marijuana.

On Saturday, Republican Gov. Gary Herbert approved the legislation, after lawmakers shied away from passing a broad medical marijuana program during the recently completed session.

The proposal from Republican Rep. Brad Daw of Orem has been endorsed by the Utah Medical Association, which says more study needs to be done on the drug before the state approves its broader use as a medicine.

Medical marijuana advocates in Utah say they are planning to try to get an initiative on the November 2018 ballot that would allow the drug to be used for treatment.

Utah lawmakers have tried to pass a broad medical pot law during the last three consecutive sessions.

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