Utah

Utah

2814
Registered Patient Population
0.09%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
3
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
938 : 1
Patients : Retail

Medical cannabis is legal in Utah, however home cultivation is not. Patients and caregivers may shop at dispensaries where they can acquire a “30 day supply” of no more than 113 grams. Patient visitors to Utah are protected under the law so long as they have one of the conditions the state of Utah deems valid. Patients report the state’s dispensaries have been slow to open, and that the high price of medical cards are barriers to access.

Patient Rights and Civil Protection 70/100   
Arrest Protection 30/40
Affirmative Defense 10/15
Parental Rights Protections 9/10
DUI Protections 0/5
Employment Protections 4/5
Explicit Privacy Standards 7/7
Housing Protections 0/5
Does Not Create New Criminal Penalties for Patients 3/5
Organ Transplants 5/5
Reciprocity 2/3
Access to Medicine 51/100   
Allows Distribution Programs 19/40
– Allows Access to Dried Flowers 7/15
– Allows Delivery 2/5
– No Sales Tax or Reasonable Sales Tax 5/5
– Allows for a Reasonable Number of Dispensaries 1/5
– Does Not Require Vertical Integration 2/2
– Ownership/Employment Restrictions 0/2
– Provisions for Labor Standards 0/2
– Environmental Impact Regulations 0/2
– Choice of Dispensary Without Restrictions 2/2
Noncommercial Cultivation 0/20
– Personal Cultivation 0/15
– Collective Gardening 0/5
Explicit Right to Edibles/Concentrates/Other Forms 5/10
Does not Impose Bans or Limits on THC 10/10
Does not Impose Bans on CBD 10/10
Local Bans/Zoning 7/10
Comprehensive Qualifying Conditions 35/50
Adding New Conditions 5/10
– Law/Regulations Allow for New Conditions 5/5
– System Works for Adding New Conditions 0/5
Reasonable Access for Minors 6/10
Reasonable Caregiver Background Checks 3/4
Number of Caregivers 1/2
Patient/ Practitioner- Focused Task Force or Advisory Board 2/2
Reasonable Fees (Patients and Caregivers) 5/10
Allows Multiple-Year Registrations 0/2
Reasonable Physician Requirements 3/5
Does Not Classify Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 1/5
Functionality 44/100   
Patients Able to Access Medicine at Dispensaries or by Cultivation 15/50
No Significant Administrative or Supply Problems 7/15
Patients Can Receive Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame of Doctor's Recommendation 8/10
Reasonable Possession Limits 4/5
Reasonable Purchase Limits 4/5
Allows Patients to Medicate Where They Choose 3/5
Covered by Insurance/State Health Aid 0/3
Financial Hardship (Fee Waivers/Discount Medicine) 3/7
Consumer Safety and Provider Requirements 87/100   
Dispensing 24.02/25
Staff Training 4/5
Standard Operating Procedures 5/5
– Facility Sanitary Conditions 1.25/1.25
– Storage Protocols 1.25/1.25
– Reasonable Security Protocols 1.25/1.25
– Inventory Control 1.25/1.25
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 5/5
Product Labeling 5.01/5
– Product Contents, Including Source Material Identification 1.67/1.67
– Allergens 1.67/1.67
– Potency/Compound Identification 1.67/1.67
Required Testing 5.01/5
– Active Compound Identification 1.67/1.67
– Contaminants 1.67/1.67
– Potency 1.67/1.67
Grow/Cultivation 23/25
Staff Training 4/5
Standard Operating Procedures 4/5
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0.71/0.71
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0/0.71
– Storage Protocols (Short-Term and Long-Term Storage) 0.71/0.71
– Reasonable Security Protocols 0.71/0.71
– Batch and Lot Tracking 0.71/0.71
– Disposal/Waste 0.71/0.71
– Water Management 0.71/0.71
Pesticide Guidance 5/5
– Pesticide Guidance 2.5/2.5
– Pesticide Labeling 2.5/2.5
Required Testing 5/5
– Active Ingredient Identification 1.25/1.25
– Contaminants 1.25/1.25
– Potency 1.25/1.25
– Sample Retention 1.25/1.25
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 5/5
Manufacturing 22.01/25
Staff Training 4/5
Standard Operating Procedures 4/5
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 1/1
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0/1
– Storage Protocols 1/1
– Reasonable Security Protocols 1/1
– Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
Product Labeling 5.01/5
– Product Contents, Including Source Material Identification 1.67/1.67
– Allergens 1.67/1.67
– Potency and Compound Information 1.67/1.67
Required Testing 4/5
– Active Ingredient Identification 1/1
– Contaminants 1/1
– Potency 1/1
– Shelf Life Testing 0/1
– Sample Retention 1/1
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 5/5
Laboratory Operations 18/25
Staff Training 3/5
Method Validation in Accordance with AHP Guidelines 3/5
Result Reporting 5/5
Independent or Third Party 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures and Protocols 2/5
– Equipment and Instrument Calibration 0/0.83
– Sample Tracking 0.83/0.83
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0/0.83
– Disposal/Waste 0.83/0.83
– Storage Protocols 0/0.83
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0/0.83
Covid Response 12/20   
Delivery Available? 0/6
Curbside Pickup Available? 0/2
Medical Cannabis Essential? 7/7
Telemedicine Available? 3/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2020 State of the States Report.

In This Section

Utah Medical Marijuana Laws and Regulations

The Utah State Legislature passed HB 3001 in 2018 to implement and revise Proposition 2, a ballot initiative that legalized the use and possession of medical cannabis.

Becoming a Patient in Utah

Medical cannabis patients who are diagnosed with debilitating conditions can expect to receive identification cards by March 1, 2020.

Recommending Cannabis in Utah

Providers must register as a qualified medical provider through an Electronic Verification System (EVS) established by the UDOH. The EVS will be operational by March 1, 2020.

Becoming a Caregiver, Producer, or Provider in Utah

Caregivers are permitted, but only for minor-patients and the caregiver must be the patient’s parent or legal guardian. A parent or legal guardian is required to serve as the cardholder for a patient under the age of 18.

Utah Advocacy

Find local ASA Chapters, Action Groups and Affiliates in Utah and get involved in local campaigns.

The State of Medical Marijuana in Utah

The State of Medical Marijuana in Utah