How Do I Get a Medical Marijuana Card?
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Who can qualify?
Individuals with the following conditions are authorized under the Utah Medical Cannabis Act to receive a medical cannabis patient card:
- HIV or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Persistent nausea that is not significantly responsive to traditional treatment, EXCEPT for nausea related to:
- 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
- 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
A condition that the compassionate use board approves (once established) on a case-by case basis.
Will patients registration status be made available to the public?
No, you are protected under HIPAA Laws.
What types of Medical Marijuana will be available?
Medical cannabis will only be available in the following forms under the Utah Medical Cannabis Act:
- Concentrated oil
- Liquid suspension
- Topical preparation
- Transdermal preparation
- Gelatinous cube
- Unprocessed cannabis flower in blister pack containing no more than 1 gram of lower pods in each individual blister
- If patient does not respond to two forms listed above, a qualified medical provider may recommend a wax or resin dosage form.
- Smoking of cannabis is not permitted but patients may purchase a medical cannabis device that warms cannabis material into a vapor without use of a flame and delivers cannabis to an individual’s respiratory system.
SMOKING OF MARIJUANA IS PROHIBITED. Edible products (besides gelatinous cubes) such as candies, cookies, brownies, and unprocessed flowers outside of blister packs are not permitted under Utah Code 26-61a-102 (29). Please check with your local medical marijuana pharmacy for rules and regulations.
How much medical cannabis will I be able to possess?
Qualifying patients may possess:
- No more than 113 grams of unprocessed cannabis (raw bud or flower in blister packs)
- No more than 20 grams of total composite THC in all other medicinal dosage forms
How much medical cannabis will I be able to purchase at one time?
If a qualifying patient’s primary residence is less than 100 miles from a medical cannabis pharmacy or local health department:
In any one 12-day period, patients may not purchase more than the lesser of:
- An amount sufficient to provide 14 days of treatment based on the dosing parameters that the relevant qualified medical provider (QMP) recommends; or
- 56 grams of unprocessed cannabis (flower); or
- More than a total of 10 grams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in medicinal form
If a qualifying patient’s primary residence is 100 miles or greater from a medical cannabis pharmacy or local health department:
In any one 28-day period, patients may not purchase more than the lesser of:
- An amount sufficient to provide 30 days of treatment based on the dosing parameters that the relevant qualified medical provider (QMP) recommends; or
- 113 grams of unprocessed cannabis (flower); or
- More than a total of 20 grams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in medicinal form
How long does it take to receive my MMJ card?
Once it becomes fully operational the Utah Department of Health will evaluate applications and issue cards within 15 days if applicant qualifies.
Where can I purchase product?
Currently, there are no facilities in Utah that are licensed to legally sell medical cannabis. Since March 2020, the Utah Department of Health will have licensed up to seven privately-operated medical cannabis pharmacies where qualifying patients can legally purchase medical cannabis in Utah. In addition, the state central fill pharmacy will deliver medication to 13 to 18 local health department locations throughout Utah by July 2020.
Salt Lake City: Dragonfly Health and Wellness ↗
North Logan: Perfect Earth Modern Apothecary ↗
West Bountiful: WholesomeCo Cannabis ↗
How much is the fee to obtain a medical marijuana card from the Utah Dept of Health?
The fee is $15 to obtain a card in Utah.
What are some of the ailments approved by the state?
• Multiple Sclerosis or Persistent and Debilitating Muscle Spasms
• Nausea (must be persistent)
• Pain lasting longer than two weeks that is not adequately managed despite treatment attempts
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder “that is being treated or monitored by a licensed mental health therapist”
• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
• Alzheimer’s Disease
• Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis
• Epilepsy or a similar condition that causes “Debilitating Seizures”Medical Marijuana
• Any terminal illness where life expectancy is less than six months
• Any condition resulting in hospice care
• 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.
If a patient does not have a qualifying condition specifically named, they may petition the Compassionate Use Board for approval of their medical cannabis card.
Yes, caregivers may be assigned to qualifying patients and will need to register with the Utah Department of Health. Caregiver Cards renew automatically with associated Medical Cannabis Patient or Guardian Card (with additional fee). A criminal background check is required.
What are the different ways medical marijuana can be consumed?
Please contact the Utah Department of Health at (801) 538-6003 for questions about consumption of marijuana.
The effects of smoking cannabis is different than if consumed orally (by food or beverage). It may take longer for the body to absorb the THC. It can take 30 to 90 minutes for effects to come on.
What are the possible side effects?
Side Effects, Chronic Effects and Physical Effects
• Breathing Problems
• Increased Heart Rate
• Child Development during and after Pregnancy and Breast Feeding
• Side Effects and Chronic Effects Intense Nausea and Vomiting
• Mental Effects
• Side Effects and Chronic Effects Stroke:
Side Effects and Chronic Effects Important Information/What to Avoid
• Marijuana may cause dizziness, drowsiness and/or impaired judgement, so users should avoid engaging in potentially hazardous activity, driving and operating other heavy machinery.
• Consuming alcohol after marijuana may further enhance any dizziness, drowsiness or impaired judgement.
• Conversely, cannabis and other cannabis-infused products can enhance dizziness, drowsiness and/or impaired judgement from other drug substances, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives, pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines and muscle relaxants.
Marijuana and Abuse
Marijuana has the potential to be abused. Though there have been no reported cases of overdose resulting in death due to cannabis use, there are still substantial risks that need to be considered.
• developing Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome and/or Marijuana Use Disorder.
• Unintentional Cannabis Overdose With the increased number of states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana,
The highest risk group for unintentional cannabis overdose is among children who may consume cannabis edibles, beverages, or candies inadvertently.
Side Effects and Chronic Effects Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS):
Patients often find relief through showering or bathing and stopping THC use.
Can my card be deactivated?
How your card could be deactivated or unlawful practices
1. Distribution of marijuana to minors.
2. Revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels.
3. Diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states.
4. State-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity.
5. Violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana.
6. Drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use.
7. Growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands.
8. Marijuana possession or use on federal property.
Link for patients to register for CARD: https://medicalcannabis.utah.gov/patients/
Pharmacy Contact Information
True North of Utah dba Perfect Earth Modern Apothecary – email@example.com
Wholesome Therapy – firstname.lastname@example.org
Beehive’s Own – email@example.com
Justice Grown – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dragonfly Wellness – email@example.com
Deseret Wellness – DeseretWellness@gmail.com
Pure UT – firstname.lastname@example.org
Curaleaf – email@example.com
Columbia Care UT – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloom Medicinals – info@bloomUT.com
(Any other Pharmacies that open up past May 1st may not be listed)