By Benjamin Wood and Bethany Rodgers
No matter what voters decide on Proposition 2 this November, an alternate medical marijuana proposal hammered out by state lawmakers, faith leaders and advocates will be debated by Utah’s Legislature next month.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has pledged to call a special legislative session to take up a cannabis pact that flowed from weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiation between officials and both sides of the Prop 2 debate.
The deal, announced Thursday in the ornate Gold Room of the state Capitol, would allow for qualifying patients to obtain medical marijuana from their county health departments or at one of up to five “medical cannabis pharmacies.”