Utah Department of Health prepares to start distributing medical marijuana, expanding Medicaid

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Department of Health has been given two mandates: voters on Tuesday told the state to expand Medicaid, providing healthcare coverage to an additional 150,000 people who can’t afford it.

And soon the agency will have to start distributing medical cannabis. The Utah Department of Health is the agency tasked with doling out marijuana to patients under a compromise bill that will be taken up in a special legislative session next month to replace Proposition 2, which voters appear to have passed.

“We have received a number of calls since the initiative appears to have passed from individuals

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