Medicinal Cannabis in Utah

26-61a. 

Utah Medical Cannabis Act

Utah’s medical cannabis act became effective in December of 2018 and the first cannabis pharmacy was opened in March of 2020. A monumental  amount of hours  were dedicated by innumerable people to get where we are today and even more still are working for Utah patient rights.

 

Medical Cannabis Patients

Cannabis Pharmacies

Qualified Medical Providers

Medicinal Cannabis Qualifying Conditions in Utah

Medical Cannabis in Utah is legal with a medical Cannabis Card issued by the state and verified by a Qualified Medical Provider (QMP). Qualifying conditions under the Utah Medical Cannabis Act are listed below:

View All Qualifying Medical Conditions
.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Autism

Alzheimer’s Disease

Cachexia

Cachexia

Cancer

Chronic Pain

Pain lasting longer than two weeks that is not adequately managed.

Crohn’s Disease

Epilepsy

Hospice Care

Multiple Sclerosis

Persistent Nausea

Not related to pregnancy or cannabis hyperemisis syndrome.

PTSD

Rare Disease

Terminal Illness

Patient’s life expectancy is less than six months.

Temporary Pain

Procedures in which pain and recovery is  estimated to be 2 weeks or less. 

Patient Cannabis Limits

A patient may purchase  113 grams of unprocessed cannabis (flower) and  20 grams of total composite THC in all other medicinal dosage forms over a 30 day period. 

Caregivers

Patients may designate no more than two caregivers, who may purchase, transport, or assist the patient in his/her use of medical cannabis in a dosage form.

Compassionate Use Board

Patients under the age of 21 may submit a medical cannabis card application, petition the Board, and be approved by the Board before a medical cannabis card can be issued.

UPC Has Been Working Hard For Cannabis Rights!

  • Passed Ballot Initiative
  • Worked with lawmakers during the compromise to keep what patients need.
  • Worked to approve LMP (Limited Medical Provider)
  • Lobbied and passed Aerosols,
  • Passed sugar covering on edibles.
  • Conditional cards for terminal patients to shop immediately while the med card is processed.
  • Firefighters can use cannabis 12 hours before a shift.
  • Caregivers only have to have one background check.
  • Acute pain cards allows a patient to get a card for 20 days for surgical or procedure pain longer than 2 weeks.
  • HIPPA compliant associates can access the EVS, speeding up wait time.

 

Medical Cannabis Card Application

Frequently Asked Questions

how do i find more information about utah's medical cannabis program?

Please visit https://medicalcannabis.utah.gov/ to find out information on how to become a patient, find a qualified medical provider, locate a pharmacy, and other helpful resources.

what is the electronic verification system (evs)? and how do i register?

In order to become a Utah medical cannabis patient, you must first register the Utah Department of Health’s EVS system. All users must create a Utah ID before registering for a medical cannabis card. Visit www.id.utah.gov to create a Utah ID. Here is a link to a helpful video to guide you through the process: https://idhelp.utah.gov/account-creation.html.

 You can find helpful resources on how to access the EVS at https://medicalcannabis.utah.gov/evs-access/

what are the qualifying medical conditions for medical cannabis?

Qualifying conditions under the Utah Medical Cannabis Act are listed below:

 

  • HIV or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • cancer
  • cachexia
  • persistent nausea that is not significantly responsive to traditional treatment, except for nausea related to:
    • pregnancy
    • cannabis-induced cyclical vomiting syndrome
    • cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • epilepsy or debilitating seizures
  • multiple sclerosis or persistent and debilitating muscle spasms
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that is being treated and monitored by a licensed health therapist (defined here), and that:
    • has been diagnosed by a healthcare provider by the Veterans Administration and documented in the patient’s record; or
    • has been diagnosed or confirmed by evaluation from a psychiatrist, doctorate psychologist, a doctorate licensed clinical social worker, or a psychiatric APRN
  • autism
  • a terminal illness when the patient’s life expectancy is less than six months
  • a condition resulting in the individual receiving hospice care
  • a rare condition or disease that affects less than 200,000 individuals in the U.S., as defined in federal law, and that is not adequately managed despite treatment attempts using conventional medications (other than opioids or opiates) or physical interventions
    pain lasting longer than two weeks that is not adequately managed, in the qualified medical provider’s opinion, despite treatment attempts using conventional medications other than opioids or opiates or physical interventions
where can i find a medical cannabis pharmacy?

Browse our cannabis pharmacy directory here. 

does the utah medical cannabis program accept health insurance?

While medical cannabis is legal in the state of Utah, it is still considered illegal by the federal government. This prevents most medical provider and pharmacies from accepting traditional health insurance which leaves the cost burden on many patients. This is a huge reason why UPC has created a patient subsidy program for those challenged with medical cannabis costs. 

how do i locate a medical provider?

The Utah Department of Health has an active list of registered qualified medical providers by county here: https://medicalcannabis.utah.gov/patients/locate-a-provider/. While not all QMPs are listed in this directory, you will be able to find a provider that is conveniently located for you.

How Can I Get Involved?

We are so glad you asked. 

Join Us

UPC is run and operated by volunteers. We are and work alongside political figures, cannabis pharmacies, pharmacists and other medical professionals, lobbyists, and patients. With all of our hard work combined, we are able to make breakthroughs in plant medicine for Utah Patients.

Donate

Every dollar donated is used to help us educate and further legislative goals to legalize accessable plant medicine for Utah Patients.
The Utah Patients Subsidy Program subsidizes plant medicine costs for patients from all around the state every month.  Thank you for supporting Utah Patients.