SALT LAKE CITY — Two very different bills that would make medical marijuana available to small percentages of Utahns cleared their first hurdles at the Utah Legislature on Thursday.

Two-hour committee hearings for each bill ended with the approval of lawmakers and an appointment on the Senate floor to continue debate on both Sen. Evan Vickers'SB89, which would make cannabidiol products manufactured in the state available to a select number of patients; and Sen. Mark Madsen's SB73, which would create access to the whole marijuana plant for also a short list of medical conditions.

"I know how they suffer," said Dr. Perry Fine, a physician, professor and researcher at the University of Utah.

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