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Gov. Herbert calls for special legislative session on medical marijuana and census funding

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Utah lawmakers will meet on Sept. 16 to debate changes to the state’s laws on medical marijuana, alcohol and elections and to consider funding for the 2020 census, Gov. Gary Herbert announced Thursday.

Herbert’s call for a special session lists seven items for consideration, beginning with the repeal of a proposed centralized, state-run cannabis pharmacy that was to supply medical marijuana products to Utah patients through county health departments. The central fill pharmacy, a key provision in the Legislature’s attempt to replace the voter-approved Proposition 2, has come under fire after counties objected to their health department employees acting as ‘drug dealers’ in violation of federal law.