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Utah's narrow medical marijuana program begins

Published On: Jul 08 2014 11:58:09 AM CDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -

Utah will begin issuing registration cards Tuesday for its limited medical marijuana program targeting adults and children with severe epilepsy.

A new state law doesn't allow medical marijuana production or distribution but permits those meeting certain requirements to possess a marijuana extract oil.

The oil is believed to help with severe seizures.

The extract's Colorado-based producer has a long waiting list, so many families are expected to apply for their Utah registration cards later this year when there will be more supply of the oil.

Receiving a state registration card will be just one step in an expensive and knotty legal process for Utah residents to actually obtain the low-potency extract.

But families members say it's worth the time and cost if it improves the lives of those suffering from severe seizures.

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