Status: In Utah, CBD is legal for qualified patients with severe epilepsy. A bill has been introduced which would legalize the use of medical marijuana for terminally ill patients.
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Number of Utah Licenses Available
Proposed Utah Medical Marijuana Producer Guidelines
House Bill 197 defines a “Cannabis Producer” as a private entity that is contracted with the Department of Agriculture and Food to cultivate cannabis or process it into a medicinal dosage form. HB 197 also states that the Utah Department of Food and Agriculture is to ensure the cultivation of cannabis in the state for academic or medical research purposes by January 1, 2019. The Department is to make rules regarding cultivating and processing cannabis to ensure cannabis is cultivated from state-approved seed sources, under sufficient security protocols, and put into a medicinal dosage form.
Information regarding a Cannabis Producer License will be updated as the Department releases more details.
Proposed Utah Medical Marijuana Dispensary Guidelines
House Bill 197 states that the Utah Department of Food and Agriculture is to establish a state dispensary to receive and sell cannabis in a medicinal dosage form to academic research institutions, medical research institutions, or qualified patients.
Information regarding a State Dispensary License will be updated as the Department releases more details.
Proposed Utah Medical Marijuana Payment Processor Guidelines
House Bill 197 states that a Cannabis Payment Processor license is required to facilitate payments between a cannabis producer and an entity engaged in academic or medical research.
The Utah Department of Food and Agriculture is to determine a number of cannabis payment processor licenses to issue. The department shall evaluate an applicant for a cannabis payment processor license to determine to what extent the applicant has demonstrated:
- experience with:
- establishing and running a business in a related field;
- operating a payment processing system;
- complying with a regulatory environment; and
- training, evaluating, and monitoring employees;
- connections to the local community;
- that the applicant will keep the cost of the applicant’s products or services low; and
- that the applicant will maximize convenience, efficiency, and security forprocessing cannabinoid product payments.
Information regarding a Cannabis Payment Processor License will be updated as the Department releases more details.
The History of Utah Marijuana
On March 21 2014, the bill signed into law, H.B. 105, exempts patients with severe intractable epilepsy from criminal penalties for the use and possession of “hemp extracts,” marijuana extracts with less than 0.3% THC and at least 15% CBD by weight. The law allows both the Department of Health and research institutions to cultivate industrial hemp for “agricultural or research purposes only”.
Update: In January 2018, two bills were introduced by Rep. Brad Daw. House Bill 195 would allow terminally ill people a “right to try” medical cannabis for treatment and describes the procedure for an eligible patient to receive recommendation from a physician. House Bill 197 would allow for cultivation and processing of cannabis in the state for academic or medical research and establish a state dispensary to provide qualified terminally ill patients with medical cannabis.