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Faith leaders back medical cannabis bill

The Rev. Patty C. Willis of the South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society joins members of the faith community speaking in favor of medical cannabis during a news conference at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday. Wills was joined by other faith leaders, as well as representatives of Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education, or TRUCE, a group of concerned patients and caregivers advocating for safe, legal access to medical cannabis in the state. Two bills — SB73, sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, and SB89, sponsored by Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City — passed the Senate and are awaiting action in the House. SB73 would allow refined cannabis medication made with THC, the active compound in marijuana that causes the "high," for specific health conditions; SB89 would legalize cannabidiol, or CBD, extracts that do not contain THC.