Despite vocal opposition from lawmakers who labeled it hocus pocus, a bill that permits the licensing of homeopathic physicians passed the House on Friday and will now be considered by the Senate.

Rep. Reese Hunter, R-Salt Lake, the sponsor of HB252, argued that thousands of Utahns now travel to Nevada for homeopathic treatment - a so-called alternative approach to medicine opposed by traditional doctors.Hunter said the proof test of homeopathic medicine is its remarkable success rate in treating degenerative diseases like arthritis and cancer, and he argued it is "grounded in the principles of quantum physics."

But other lawmakers disagreed, calling homeopathic medicine "mystic indoctrination" and "quack medicine."

"The people who profiteer on sick people are the lowest forms of life," said Rep. Allan Rushton, D-West Valley.

Hunter's bill only allows licensed medical doctors to practice homeopathic medicine and then only if they become licensed to do so by the state. It does not permit homeopathic medicine by those who are not also licensed physicians.

Homeopathic medicine uses treatment found in nature, including herbs and natural poisons, as an alternative to traditional medicines.

The bill passed by a 47-27 vote.