- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 7, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah’s House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a proposal that would allow universities to study medical marijuana.

Lawmakers said research showing benefits of cannabis extracts on people may lead the state in the future to allow careful, controlled use of the drug by those with debilitating conditions.

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.

The bill advances to the Senate for consideration.

More than two dozen states have passed comprehensive medical marijuana programs. Utah lawmakers were expected to take up the issue this year but decided they’re not ready to pass a broad medical marijuana law allowing the drug to be used as treatment.

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