Salt Lake County Attorney Warns Against County Cannabis Distribution

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said he has advised the Salt Lake Valley Health Department to not participate in a state-run medical cannabis dispensary system.

“We’re not going to participate in something that is, facially, going to be illegal,” he said in an interview Tuesday with FOX 13.

The decision by the chief legal officer for Utah’s most populous county adds to pressure on the Utah State Legislature, which crafted the idea of having county health departments handing out cannabis to qualifying patients. But prosecutors and health departments have raised concerns that they would be violating federal law by making their employees essentially drug dealers.


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