Utah will begin issuing registration cards Tuesday for its limited medical marijuana program targeting adults and children with severe epilepsy.
A new state law doesn't allow medical marijuana production or distribution but permits those meeting certain requirements to possess a marijuana extract oil.
The oil is believed to help with severe seizures.
The extract's Colorado-based producer has a long waiting list, so many families are expected to apply for their Utah registration cards later this year when there will be more supply of the oil.
Receiving a state registration card will be just one step in an expensive and knotty legal process for Utah residents to actually obtain the low-potency extract.
But families members say it's worth the time and cost if it improves the lives of those suffering from severe seizures.