Medical Cannabis Pharmacies: 15
Utah’s medical marijuana program has capped the number of licenses at 15.
4-41a-205 Number of licenses — Cannabis cultivation facilities
Except as provided in Subsection (2)(a), the department shall issue at least five (5) but not more than eight (8) licenses to operate a cannabis cultivation facility. The department may issue a number of licenses to operate a cannabis cultivation facility that, in addition to the licenses described in Subsection (1), does not cause the total number of licenses to exceed fifteen (15) if the department determines, in consultation with the Department of Health and after an annual or more frequent analysis of the current and anticipated market for medical cannabis, that each additional license is necessary to provide an adequate supply, quality, or variety of medical cannabis to medical cannabis cardholders.
- Wyoming – Medical and Adult-Use Prohibited
- Idaho – Medical and Adult-Use Prohibited
- Nevada – Medical and Adult-Use
- Colorado – Medical and Adult-Use
- Arizona – Medical and Adult-Use
- New Mexico – Medical and Adult-Use
- Utah Department of Health (Patients, Providers, Pharmacies, Couriers)
- Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (Cultivation, Processing, Testing, Distribution)
On March 21, 2019, Governor Herbert signed S.C.R. 7 Concurrent Resolution Urging Legal Medical Cannabis Banking, where not only does Utah state government urge the President of the United States and Congress to resolve the medical cannabis issue, but this enrolled bill also specifically states that it is in the best interest of all Utahns that Utah’s financial institutions provide banking services to support the medical cannabis industry and patients under the Utah Medical Cannabis Act.
4-41a-103 Inventory Control System
A financial institution that the Division of Finance validates, in accordance with Subsection (6):
- May only access an inventory control system for the purpose of reconciling transactions and other financial activity of cannabis production establishments, medical cannabis pharmacies, and medical cannabis couriers that use financial services that the financial institution provides;
- May only access information related to financial transactions; and
- May not access any identifying patient information.
The department may establish compatibility standards for an inventory control system by rule made in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act. The department shall make rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, establishing requirements for aggregate or batch records regarding the planting and propagation of cannabis before being tracked in an inventory control system described in this section. The department shall ensure that the rules described in Subsection (5)(a) address recordkeeping for the amount of planted seed, number of cuttings taken, date and time of cutting and planting, number of plants established, and number of plants culled or dead.
The Division of Finance shall, in consultation with the state treasurer, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, make rules to:
- Establish a process for validating financial institutions for access to an inventory control system in accordance with Subsections (3)(c) and (6)(b).
- Establish qualifications for the validation described in Subsection (6)(a)(i)(A);
- (ii) review applications the Division of Finance receives in accordance with the process established under Subsection (6)(a)(i);
- (iii) validate a financial institution that meets the qualifications described in Subsection (6)(a)(i);
- (iv) provide a list of validated financial institutions to the department and the Department of Health. (b) A financial institution that the Division of Finance validates under Subsection (6)(a):
- (i) may only access an inventory control system for the purpose of reconciling transactions and other financial activity of cannabis production establishments, medical cannabis pharmacies, and medical cannabis couriers that use financial services that the financial institution provides;
- (ii) may only access information related to financial transactions; and
- (iii) may not access any identifying patient information.
26-61a-603 Payment provider for electronic medical cannabis transactions.
A cannabis production establishment, a medical cannabis pharmacy, or a prospective home delivery medical cannabis pharmacy seeking to use a payment provider shall submit to the Division of Finance and the state treasurer information regarding the payment provider the prospective licensee will use to conduct financial transactions related to medical cannabis, including:
- (a) the name and contact information of the payment provider;
- (b) the nature of the relationship between the establishment, pharmacy, or prospective pharmacy and the payment provider; and
- (c) for a prospective home delivery medical cannabis pharmacy, the processes the prospective licensee and the payment provider have in place to safely and reliably conduct financial transactions for medical cannabis shipments.
The Division of Finance shall, in consultation with the state treasurer:
- Make rules to establish standards for identifying payment providers that demonstrate the functional and Utah Code Page 54 technical ability to safely conduct financial transactions related to medical cannabis, including medical cannabis shipments;
- Review submissions the Division of Finance and the state treasurer receive under Subsection (1);
- Approve a payment provider that meets the standards described in Subsection (2)(a);
- Establish a list of approved payment providers.
Any licensed cannabis production establishment, licensed medical cannabis pharmacy, or medical cannabis courier may use a payment provider that the Division of Finance approves, in consultation with the state treasurer, to conduct transactions related to the establishment’s, pharmacy’s, or courier’s respective medical cannabis business.
If Congress passes legislation that allows a cannabis-related business to facilitate payments through or deposit funds in a financial institution, a cannabis production establishment or a medical cannabis pharmacy may facilitate payments through or deposit funds in a financial institution in addition to or instead of a payment provider that the Division of Finance approves, in consultation with the state treasurer, under this section.
Medical Cannabis Payment Providers – Utah Division of Finance
Qualified medical providers (QMPs) may submit directions for use and dosing guidelines for their patients in the electronic verification system (EVS) or they may leave those up to the pharmacy medical provider at the medical cannabis pharmacy to determine.
In any one 28-day period, a patient may not purchase more than the lesser of:
- An amount sufficient to provide 30 days of treatment based on the doing parameters that the qualified medical provider (QMP) recommends; or
- 113 grams by weight of unprocessed cannabis (flower); and
- For cannabis products in medicinal dosage form, more than a total of 20 grams of total composite THC.
Utah Electronic Verification System (EVS) – The following individual(s) may access information in the EVS about themself, or another cardholder for whom they are a guardian or caregiver, to the extent allowed in Title 26, Chapter 61a, Utah Medical Cannabis Act or Title 4, Chapter 41a, Utah Cannabis Production Establishments:
- a medical cannabis patient cardholder;
- a medical cannabis guardian cardholder;
- a medical cannabis caregiver cardholder.
The following individual may be granted EVS access to the extent allowed in Title 26, Chapter 61a, Utah Medical Cannabis Act or Title 4, Chapter 41a, Utah Cannabis Productions Establishments, and this rule:
- a QMP;
- a PMP;
- a pharmacy agent;
- a courier agent;
- a cannabis production establishment agent;
- a state agency employee; or
- law enforcement personnel.
Available Medical Marijuana Patient Cards:
Patient Cards: Patients 18 years of age and older.
Guardian Cards: Parents or legal guardians of minors who are eligible to consume medical cannabis. These cards are issued in conjunction with provisional patient cards.
Provisional Patient Cards: Minors under the age of 18 who meet the eligibility requirements to consume medical cannabis. These are issued in conjunction with guardian cards. All provisional patient cards must have approval from the Compassionate Use Board.
Caregiver Cards: Adults 21 years of age and older who care for patient cardholders who are unable to procure or consume medical cannabis on their own. Caregivers must be designated by the patient cardholders they will be assisting.
Non-Utah Resident Cards: Patients with a Utah Qualifying Condition that hold a cannabis card from another state may apply for a temporary card while visiting Utah. Visitors to the state of Utah who are medical cannabis card holders in their home state can apply for a temporary card that allows access to Utah Medical Cannabis pharmacies while they are visiting Utah. The cards are good for 21 days at a time, and patients may be issued two 21-day cards per calendar year. For more information, click here.
- Utah Medical Marijuana Data Reports
- Please click here for Program News and Press Releases.
- In November 2021, Utah awarded its 15th medical cannabis pharmacy license to Dragonfly Wellness located in Price, Carbon County in rural southeast Utah. Utah’s program is capped at 15 medical cannabis pharmacy licenses.
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