Utah Medical Cannabis Program

Ballot Proposition 2 creates a medical cannabis program in Utah that will allow patients with certain qualifying conditions to purchase and use medical cannabis with a medical provider’s recommendation. While Utah voters appear to have approved Proposition 2, the Utah State Legislature will soon consider compromise legislation that contains some differences from Proposition 2.

The Utah Department of Health will be responsible for issuing medical cannabis cards to patients, registering physicians who wish to recommend medical cannabis treatment for their patients, and licensing medical cannabis pharmacies (called dispensaries in Proposition 2).

However, none of these activities are taking place at this time. Most key elements of the compromise legislation and Proposition 2 are required to be implemented by March 1, 2020.

Regardless of which medical cannabis program is implemented, the Utah Department of Health can share the following information:

Medical Cannabis Cardholders: Medical cannabis treatment will be allowed for patients with certain qualifying conditions. The Utah Department of Health is required to begin accepting applications for medical cannabis patient cards by March 1, 2020.

Medical Cannabis Distribution: The Utah Department of Health is required to begin accepting applications to operate medical cannabis pharmacies (called cannabis dispensaries in Proposition 2) by March 1, 2020.

Physicians: Proposition 2 and the compromise legislation contain differences on which medical providers can recommend medical cannabis treatment. Under both the compromise legislation and Proposition 2, providers will recommend treatment through an Electronic Verification System (EVS). The Utah Department of Health is required to have the EVS operational by March 1, 2020.

Cannabis cultivators and processors: The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food retains authority over cannabis cultivation and processing in both the compromise legislation and Proposition 2. For more information about cannabis cultivation and processing, contact Ashley Lytton at alytton@utah.gov or 801-538-4976.

For more information contact:
Richard Oborn
Medical Cannabis Program Manager
801-538-6212
medicalcannabis@utah.gov

For media inquiries contact:
Tom Hudachko
Communications Director
801-538-6232
thudachko@utah.gov