Cash No Longer Necessary for Utah Cannabis Patients

Utah medical cannabis patients have gotten used to a cash-only system, as many banks and credit card companies still refuse to work with cannabis businesses. Now, in light of the hassle and potential theft risk that causes, as well as sanitation risks due to COVID, a new app that allows for cashless transactions is being rolled out. 


Utah State researchers debunk myths to find optimal hemp growth

Ninety years ago, hemp researchers at Utah State University grew cannabis for rope and had no way to test the THC content in crops other than smoking it and monitoring the effects. Research halted in 1970 when then-President Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act.

Utah’s cannabis pharmacies debut drive-thru services

Medical cannabis pharmacies in South Ogden and Salt Lake City began offering drive-thru services this week, as retailers seek to protect vulnerable customers from exposure to the coronavirus.

The new option will offer a “safe alternative for high-risk patients to get the care they need as our country recovers from this pandemic,” Greta Brandt, president of True North Organics and Perfect Earth Modern Apothecary, said in a prepared statement.

Patients using the drive-thru at South Ogden’s Perfect Earth Modern Apothecary at 3775 S. Wall Ave. will still have to bring a medical cannabis card or a physician recommendation letter, according to a news release.


Utah medical marijuana pharmacies prep for drive-thru & home delivery as demand increases

Since the first week of March, when they became legal in Utah, three medical marijuana pharmacies have opened in Utah.

As demand for their products steadily increases, two of those pharmacies are preparing to offer drive-thru services in July.

In addition to drive-thru, the state will allow pharmacies to offer home deliveries - if they meet strict requirements for delivering themselves, or through a licensed medical marijuana courier.

Right now, about 3,500 Utahns have applied for and received medical cannabis cards in order to purchase product pharmacies.


Utah Lawmakers Amend Medical Cannabis Laws To Grant Access To More Patients

More patients in Utah will have access to the state’s new medical marijuana program thanks to new changes to the law finalized on Wednesday.

The state’s Department of Health announced that under legislation by the Utah legislature and signed into law by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert, “qualifying patients who do not have a medical cannabis card but have a ‘recommendation letter’ from their medical provider may purchase medical cannabis until December 31, 2020.”


Utah Takes First Steps Into Medical Cannabis Marketplace: 'They Saw The Will Of Their Citizens'

March 1, 2020, marked the launch of Utah's medical cannabis program and its marketplace.

Spending in the new market could reach $84 million by 2024, according to data from BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research. 

The state health department began accepting applications March 1, and the state's first dispensary — referred to as a pharmacy in Utah — opened the following day. 


New bill would change Utah’s medical marijuana program again

A new bill again tweaking Utah’s medical marijuana program received a favorable recommendation from a Senate committee Monday, moving it to final passage in the full Senate.

Bill sponsor Rep. Jen Dailey-Provost, D-Salt Lake City, called the bill “critical” in helping the program, which launched at the beginning of this month, run smoothly.


Utah cannabis patients may be able to use physician letters at pot pharmacies

Utah patients could use their cannabis recommendation letters to buy from marijuana pharmacies through the year’s end, under an anticipated legislative proposal meant to alleviate problems that have surfaced in the state’s new pot program.

While the state celebrated the grand opening of its first cannabis pharmacy in Salt Lake City earlier this week, the new business has had one major challenge — a dearth of customers. Connor Boyack, a cannabis advocate, said that’s due in part to glitches with the online portal that’s supposed to help patients sign up for medical marijuana cards.


Utah opens first medical marijuana dispensary

The first medical marijuana dispensary in Utah opened on Monday as part of a recently implemented law allowing those with select health conditions to use the drug. 

The process involves first receiving a doctor’s recommendation from one of 60 approved health care providers and applying online in a patient portal to get a medical marijuana card, Rich Oborn, the director of Utah’s Center for Medical Cannabis, told the Associated Press

The first legal dispensary, Dragonfly Wellness, opened in Salt Lake City. A second dispensary is expected to open in March, with an additional seven opening by June and the last five in July, which will be called pharmacies. 


Patients Can Officially Apply For Utah Medical Marijuana Cards

Patients can officially apply for medical marijuana cards in the state of Utah.

The Utah Department of Health’s medical cannabis website went online Sunday, as required by the Utah Medical Cannabis Act.

“It’s been in the law the program has to get up and running by today, and so the (Utah) Department of Health, the (Utah) Department of Agriculture — everyone has been working up until today,” said Connor Boyak, president of the Libertas Institute.

Boyak said patients are required to meet with a qualified medical provider, who is registered with the UDOH, before receiving a card.


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