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City removes ordinance banning medical cannabis drive-thrus

May 14, 2021 GMT

LEHI, Utah (AP) — Lehi will allow medical cannabis drive-thrus after a unanimous vote to remove a local ordinance banning them.

The Tuesday city council vote came after a proposal from Curaleaf, which is the only cannabis pharmacy in the town, the Daily Herald reported.

State law allows drive-thru facilities, which have become more popular during the coronavirus pandemic. The facilities must follow all other medical cannabis regulations.

Curaleaf’s Stan Lockhart told the council that medical marijuana can be “a lifesaver for some.”

Mayor Mark Johnson agreed that it is a better alternative to opioid drugs, and Councilmember Paige Albrecht said her husband is a disabled veteran who uses medical marijuana to treat his chronic pain.

“And the V.A. eventually was not able to offer him any further help with his pain, and medical cannabis has helped his quality of life a great deal,” Albrecht said, noting that there were “nights when he wasn’t able to even sleep because the pain was so bad.”