11 cards issued in Utah cannabis oil program

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has issued almost a dozen registration cards in the first month of its limited medical marijuana program that allows those with severe epilepsy to possess cannabis extract oil.

Janice Houston with the Utah Department of Health says 11 cards were issued from July 8 through Friday.

Houston says the department also cut the $400 annual fee for the cards in half after the program's startup costs were less than expected.

Health officials are refunding those who already paid the higher fee.

Utah's law doesn't allow medical marijuana distribution but permits those meeting certain requirements to possess the extract believed to help with severe seizures.

Annette Maughan of the Epilepsy Association of Utah says she expects the lower fees will allow more people to participate in the program.

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