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The Utah Medical Cannabis Act directs the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) to issue medical cannabis cards to patients, register medical providers who wish to recommend medical cannabis treatment for their patients, and license medical cannabis pharmacies.

The pervasive religious influence of the LDS community on all state operations in Utah makes it somewhat challenging for out-of-state applicants to participate in the state’s cannabis market. Nevertheless, in March 2020, Utah Cannabis successfully launched its medical cannabis program, which currently boasts more than 40,000 registered medical cardholders and over 800 medical recommendations.

A $10,000 non-refundable Utah Cannabis application fee is required with application submission. If a Utah Cannabis license is awarded, the successful Utah cannabis cultivation facility will be required to pay a $100,000 licensing fee. As of now, there are fourteen medical cannabis dispensaries operating within the state of Utah. These licenses were awarded in January 2020, and the state has ceased accepting applications for additional dispensaries.

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Utah has a limited history with cannabis legalization. In 2018, the state passed a law legalizing medical cannabis, which allows qualified patients to purchase and possess up to two ounces of cannabis or products containing up to 10 grams of THC. However, the program faced significant delays and legal challenges, with some lawmakers seeking to undermine or delay implementation.

Since then, the program has expanded somewhat, with the state issuing licenses to a limited number of cannabis dispensaries and adding more qualifying conditions for patients. However, the program remains relatively restricted compared to some other states, and there have been ongoing concerns about access and affordability for patients.

While there have been some efforts to legalize recreational cannabis in Utah, these efforts have so far been unsuccessful. The state remains relatively conservative in its approach to drug policy, and possession of cannabis remains illegal in most circumstances.

Overall, Utah’s cannabis policy remains limited, with only medical cannabis currently legal in the state. While the program has expanded somewhat in recent years, ongoing concerns about access and affordability suggest that there is still significant work to be done to ensure that patients have access to the care they need.

LAST UPDATED 5/10/2023 – It’s important to remember that laws can be revised and updated frequently, so please keep this in mind.