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Utah Laws and Programs

  • By: Robert R. Packer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Drug policy in the state of Utah is set by the state legislature. The elected officials of the legislature are advised in this task by official bodies such as the Utah Substance Abuse and Anti-Violence Coordinating Council, which is based within the governor's office and is composed of 26 members from government, law enforcement, and the community. Once policy has been set by the legislature it is implemented largely by law enforcement, judicial courts, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Utah has pursued a variety of strategies to control drug use through legislation, with varying degrees of success. An example of legislation that has proved unsuccessful is the use of tax stamps. Similar to programs in many other states in the nation, Utah required ...

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