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Medical-marijuana advocates to challenge new Utah law in court

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FILE - In this June 21, 2018, file photo, a laboratory manager holds a cannabis sample in Oakland, Calif. The Mormon church is backing a deal that would legalize medical marijuana in Utah, even if the ballot initiative fails in the November election (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Medical-marijuana advocates in Utah are suing to block a compromise agreement legalizing the drug, saying it wrongly guts a measure approved by voters.

The lawsuit filed Thursday says the changes create overwhelming obstacles for suffering patients. It asks a judge to set aside the overhaul passed by lawmakers and keep the original law that won with 53 percent of the vote.

The pre-Election Day compromise agreement secured the support of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The lawsuit also says leaders in the faith wielded too much power over the process.

Supporters of the compromise, including some advocates, say it was key to guaranteeing legalization quickly and convincing conservative lawmakers not to repeal the law outright.

Legislators can change the language of laws passed by voters under Utah law.