January 28, 2020 11:53 am ETEstimated Read Time: 3 Minutes
On December 3, 2018, Utah lawmakers passed House Bill 3001: Utah Medical Cannabis Act. The Act is intended to be fully implemented by March. Utah is not having a free for all with cannabis dispensaries on every corner, a common occurrence in some areas of Colorado. Unlike “The Green Mile” in Denver which has 16 cannabis dispensaries, Utah has only granted 14 locations across the entire state. On January 3, 2020, Utah announced the ten businesses awarded licenses. No applicant was permitted to be licensed to operate more than two medical cannabis pharmacies. With scaffolded grand openings, 8 locations may open after March 1 and the other 6 can open after July 1.
Access to Medical Cannabis
Divided into 4 geographical regions, the Utah Department of Health was confident in statewide access to medical cannabis for patients. However, large parts of the state are still left without a pharmacy. Over 150 applications were submitted. The applications were evaluated and scored by an evaluation committee based on several criteria. The criteria included:
Apply For Your Medical Marijuana Card Today
Veriheal has satisfied hundreds of thousands of patients nationwide
Get approved or your money back
Appointments available on-demand
Customer support available 24/7
experience in the medical cannabis or other highly regulated industries,
disciplinary action or investigation in other jurisdictions,
an operating plan that will best ensure the safety and security of cardholders and the community,
the extent to which an applicant can reduce the cost of medical cannabis,
connections to the local community,
and a strategic plan that has a high likelihood of success.
With 3 locations set for Salt Lake City, some residents are fearing a cannabis pharmacy desert in more rural regions. According to the Utah Department of Health Medical Cannabis pharmacy licensees will pay an annual fee of $50,000-$69,500 depending upon the type of license they received and the physical location of the pharmacy. However, patients who do live a long distance from a medical cannabis pharmacy may prefer to order from the state central patient portal online, or by phone and conveniently have their shipment of medical cannabis delivered to their homes.
Allowed Cannabis Consumption Methods
According to Utah’s Medical Cannabis Act, the smoking of medical cannabis is strictly prohibited. However, vaping is completely legal. The law prohibits candies, cookies, brownies, and other edible products; as well as cannabis flower containing more than one gram of flower pods in each individual blister pack. Medical cannabis will only be available in the following forms under the Utah Medical Cannabis Act: tablet, capsule, concentrated oil, liquid suspension, transdermal preparation, gelatinous cube, unprocessed cannabis flower in a blister pack, and with special recommendations: wax or resin.
Out of State Medical Cannabis Patients Visiting Utah
Beginning in March 2020, there will be four types of medical cannabis cards. These will include patient cards, guardian cards, provisional patient cards, and caregiver cards. The Department of Health has not yet set the fee for obtaining a medical cannabis card. A medical cannabis cardholder visiting from another state may use medical cannabis in Utah as long as the patient has one of the qualifying conditions listed in Utah law. In addition, the cardholder must possess medical cannabis within Utah’s legal medicinal dosage form and amount.
Natasha has worked as a journalist in the cannabis scene for several years. She travels regularly in her tiny house school bus conversion to keep up to date with the ever-changing industry. Her experience is varied and eclectic.
Suddenly, the world of magic mushrooms is almost as complicated as that of learning about cannabis. Shrooms or “magic” mushrooms have gained traction as a hallucinogenic therapeutic application for several different mental health circumstances such as depression and migraines—particularly when microdosing. It’s not just liberty caps anymore, folks. There are many different varieties and types…
As of now, 15 states have legalized adult use of med and rec, and when a state legalizes recreational use of cannabis, people tend to stop getting their mmj cards. But cannabis consumers who opt not to get a MMJ card are missing out on a bunch of benefits like paying lower costs, the ability…
Edibles are arguably one of the best means of recreational cannabis consumption—you get to eat a treat AND experience a long-lasting high. But it’s easy to end up dealing with some unwanted side effects due to the variability in the onset of these THC-packed goodies, which come in the form of brownies, cookies, gummies, chocolate,…
If you’re reading this, you are either a recreational cannabis veteran who has seen a handful of cannabis smokers passing out from puffing a joint and can’t seem to figure out why. Or, you are a newbie who wants to give recreational or medical cannabis a shot, and the burning question on your mind is,…
According to a new study published by the University of New Mexico (UNM) in the prestigious journal Frontiers in Pharmacology, researchers have unveiled a significant correlation between the sensation of “feeling high” and the relief of medical symptoms among cannabis patients. This landmark study probes uncharted territories, challenging pre-existing assumptions and opening new avenues for…
The statements made regarding cannabis products on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Cannabis is not an FDA-approved substance and is still illegal under federal law. The information provided on this website is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is not intended as medical advice and should not be considered as a substitute for advice from a healthcare professional. We strongly recommend that you consult with a physician or other qualified healthcare provider before using any cannabis products. The use of any information provided on this website is solely at your own risk.