Governor responds after 2 county attorneys advise against state-run medical cannabis distribution

  • Governor Gary Herbert suggested changes may be coming to Utah’s medical cannabis program before it even launches, but also pushed back on assertions that county health departments might be breaking federal law if they dispensed cannabis.
  • ” He is committed to ensuring patients have access to medical cannabis within the timeline set out in the Medical Cannabis Act,” the governor’s office said.
  • The Salt Lake and Davis County Departments of Health, and all others who are tasked to implement the Utah Medical Cannabis Act, should do so in a manner that is consistent with the timeline prescribed in the Utah Medical Cannabis Act.
  • In response, Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings said the governor is not legal counsel for the Davis County Health Department.

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