Utah legislators passed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act in December 2018, and while the measure offers numerous benefits for patients in the state, it also comes with a long list of laws and stipulations.
Becoming a patient is the easy part: You just need a qualifying medical condition and a valid Utah ID. Get a certification from a licensed physician and apply with the Utah Department of Health. Once you have your Utah medical marijuana card, you can access any licensed dispensary in the state.
But before you start purchasing medication, you have to familiarize yourself with an ever-growing list of rules: What kinds of cannabis can you buy? Can you be fired from your job if you use marijuana at home? What if you own a gun?
Utah’s new medical marijuana program isn’t yet in effect, but it has already undergone a number of significant changes—and more are on the way. A new bill is underway that’s expected to address a number of controversial aspects of the program, including the special packaging requirements and proposed patient caps. Read More
Twenty-three years ago, California became the first state to implement a medical marijuana program. The move was controversial and became the subject of nationwide debate, but in the years since Prop 215 was passed, attitudes about cannabis use—and especially medicinal cannabis use—have become much more progressive. Today, 33 states allow medicinal and/or recreational use, and support for medicinal marijuana is becoming almost unanimous.
As the Utah Department of Health prepares to unveil its registry for the new statewide medical marijuana program, some patients are at a loss. The Utah Medical Cannabis Act (HB3001) went into effect on July 1st, 2019, but it looks like the health department won’t begin issuing cards until March 2020 at the earliest. So what’s the deal? Read More
In 2018, Utah voters approved Proposition 2, with 52.75% of voters in favor. Shortly thereafter, the legislature took steps to amend the measure, ultimately replacing it with the Utah Medical Cannabis Act. Although advocates continue to fight the replacement measure in court and further changes may still be made, medical marijuana is now available to qualifying patients.
But who exactly is a “qualifying patient?”