Utah Legal Information

In 2014, Utah passed HB 105, which creates a legal right to possess and use CBD-rich extracts of the cannabis plant for patients diagnosed by a neurologist with intractable epilepsy who obtain a registration ID card from the state. The state requires that extracts must contain at least 15% CBD, have not more than 0.3% THC, and must be free of other psychoactive substances. There is no framework for how these patients should obtain these products.

In 2016, the legislature passed HB 58 requiring the Department of Health to establish a procedure for neurologists to transmit records to DOH for a larger study and SCR 11, a resolution calling on Congress to reschedule medical cannabis to Schedule II.  

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Utah Medical Marijuana Laws and Regulations

Utah’s medical cannabis legislation took effect in July 2014, establishing legal protection for an extremely narrow class of residents. Under the law, licensed neurologists can recommend hemp extract to treat severe forms of epilepsy. Qualifying patients who participate in a statewide registry are not subject to criminal penalties for possession of cannabis extracts that meet all other state requirements. This section includes actual text of the legislation, a brief summary of the law and links to general resources for patients and physicians.

Becoming a patient in Utah

Medical cannabis patients who are diagnosed with severe epilepsy and obtain a registration card are exempt from criminal penalties under Utah law for possessing cannabis extracts that contain less than 0.3% THC and at least 15% CBD. This section includes an overview of state requirements for qualifying patients and links to other helpful information.

Recommending Cannabis in Utah

Licensed neurologists can legally recommend hemp extract for patients with uncontrolled epilepsy. Physicians must sign a sworn statement certifying that cannabis is beneficial and regularly report all findings to the Department of Health. This section includes an overview of state requirements for recommending clinicians and links to other educational resources.

Facing state or federal charges?

Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.