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Utah Considers Reforming Medical Marijuana Program

Lawmakers on Thursday will debate two programs that seek to allow more people to use marijuana products to treat medical conditions.

Utah has a very limited program allowing those with severe epilepsy use cannabis extract oil obtained from other states, but the state's conservative lawmakers have been debating for the past year about whether to expand it.

Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain, wants to allow those with chronic conditions to consume edible pot products. His proposal would ban smoking marijuana.

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A Senate law enforcement committee is set to debate the bill Thursday afternoon.

A more restrictive alternative from two other Republicans would expand Utah's existing cannabis oil law to allow more people to use the product and allow it to be produced in Utah.

That proposal is scheduled to be debated in a Senate health committee Thursday.