- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on two competing plans to allow people with certain medical conditions to use marijuana being considered in the Senate (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Utah’s Senate president says he plans to vote against a broad medical marijuana proposal following a debate by lawmakers Friday.

The Senate pushed a preliminary vote off until Monday as more lawmakers had questions. If approved, it must still clear a final Senate vote.

Republican Senate President Wayne Niederhauser of Sandy says he doesn’t know if the bill will pass but says the Monday vote will be close.

The proposal would legalize edible, vapor and topical pot products for those with certain medical conditions but bans smoking of marijuana.

Niederhauser says additional restrictions added to the bill Friday improved it but he’s still opposed to the plan.

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2:25 p.m.

The sponsor of a broad medical marijuana proposal says he feels more confident about its prospects following its debate in the Senate.

Bill sponsor Sen. Mark Madsen of Eagle Mountain says at least one lawmaker switched his vote in favor recently.

The proposal would legalize edible, vapor and topical pot products for those with certain medical conditions but bans smoking of marijuana.

Lawmakers have postponed a vote on the plan after running out of time on Friday.

Madsen says some of the comments made by lawmakers indicated the plan may get more ‘yes’ votes than anticipated.

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1 p.m.

Utah Senators have pushed off a vote on a broad medical marijuana plan after running out of time to debate the measure Friday.

The proposal would legalize edible, vapor and topical pot products for those with certain medical conditions but ban smoking of marijuana.

The Senate debated the measure for about an hour Friday but opted to push their preliminary vote off until Monday as more lawmakers had questions. If approved, it must still clear a final Senate vote.

The proposal received a significant blow recently when the Mormon church announced its opposition. Most lawmakers are members of the faith.

Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Mark Madsen of Eagle Mountain added more restrictions to the bill Friday with the hope of assuaging concerns.

He says he’s encouraged by the discussion and hopeful about the bill’s prospects.

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11:45 a.m.

Utah senators have voted to give preliminary approval to the more restrictive of two dueling marijuana bills this year.

The proposal would allow those with cancer, AIDS and other similar conditions to use a cannabis extract with very low levels of the plant’s psychoactive components.

Lawmakers voted 26-3 in favor of the plan Friday despite concerns from critics that it would not be an effective treatment for people with certain medical conditions, including amputee patients with phantom limb pain.

Utah currently allows the extract to be used by only those with severe epilepsy, as long as they obtain it outside of Utah.

It will now face a final Senate vote and then move to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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1:45 a.m.

Lawmakers on Friday will consider two competing medical marijuana proposals, including a broader proposal that recently received a significant blow when the Mormon church announced its opposition.

That proposal would allow tens of thousands of residents with certain chronic conditions to consume edible pot products but bans smoking pot. It could face a steep battle given that a majority of Utah lawmakers are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The more restrictive proposal would allow those with cancer, AIDS and other similar conditions to use a cannabis extract with very low levels of the plant’s psychoactive components.

Both proposals will be debated in the Senate on Friday morning. Lawmakers want them to be considered in tandem.


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