Utah Cannabis Laws

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Legal status

  • Medical Program

Possession limits

  • Medical patients

    56 g Can possess more further from dispensaries

  • Recreational users

    Illegal

State taxes

  • Medical patients

    0%

  • Recreational users

    Illegal

Cultivation

  • Cultivation is illegal
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Application process

To apply for a medical cannabis card in the state of Utah

Once you have registered with Leafwell and been approved by one of our medical marijuana doctors online, apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.

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Table of contents

  1.  Is cannabis legal in Utah?
  2. What are the medical marijuana laws in Utah?
  3. What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Utah?
  4. How do I get certified for medical cannabis in Utah?
  5. Is telemedicine allowed for medical cannabis consultations in Utah?
  6. How much cannabis can I possess in Utah with an MMJ Card?
  7. Is it legal to grow cannabis in Utah?
  8. Does Utah accept out-of-state cards?
  9. Will my Utah card be accepted in other states?
  10. Are there employment laws protecting medical cannabis card holders in Utah?
  11. What are the medical cannabis product testing requirements in Utah?
  12. Where is it safe to purchase cannabis in Utah?
  13. Where is it safe to consume marijuana in Utah?

Only medical cannabis is legal in Utah. Non-medical use is prohibited.


What are the medical marijuana laws in Utah?

Medical Cannabis Laws in Utah

2014

House Bill 105 (HB 105) was signed by Governor Gary Herbert, legalizing possession and use of low-THC CBD oil by registered patients with a physician’s recommendation and intractable epilepsy. The bill included no provision for patients to legally acquire the oil, however.

2018

Utah Medical Cannabis Act HB 3001

In February 2018, the Utah House of Representatives passed HB 195, a bill to legalize the “right to try” and grow medical marijuana plants for terminally ill patients.

Provisions must be set by the state for dispensaries to open by January 2021.

All patients must hold a valid medical cannabis card in order to legally purchase and possess medical cannabis products.

Recreational Cannabis Laws in Utah

Adult-use, or recreational, cannabis is not legal in Utah. Although many in Utah favor federal legalization, there are still stringent laws against its use in the state.


What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Utah?

The Utah law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card:

  • AIDS/HIV
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Autism
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Debilitating Seizures
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Persistent, Debilitating Muscle Spasms, such as those cause by Parkinson’s Disease
  • Persistent, Severe Nausea
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Terminal Illness
  • A Rare Condition that Affects Less than 200K US Citizens
  • Any Condition Approved by Compassion Board

How do I get certified for medical cannabis in Utah?

With Leafwell, you can renew your Utah Medical Cannabis Card with Leafwell simply and easily, by following these 3 steps:

  1. Create a new account with Leafwell or log back into your existing account – If you previously used another provider, we can still see you to renew your certificate. However, we cannot see new patients at this time. The cost of the online consultation is $199. You are only billed if approved. You can speak to a doctor and renew your Utah medical marijuana card online.
  2. Receive your renewed Medical Cannabis Certificate from Leafwell – This is a certificate which says that your doctor recommends you as a continuing cannabis patient under the state’s current laws and this certificate is required to apply for your MMJ Card. At this stage, the physician you saw will go online and complete the recommendation and certificate process for medical marijuana. You must apply for your Utah medical cannabis card here with the Utah Medical Cannabis Program.
  3. Receive your renewed Medical Cannabis Card – If approved, you will receive a digitized version of your medical marijuana card by email. A physical card will follow in the mail. Your certificate will be valid for either 6 months or 1 year from the date of issue. Please note that the state will be emailing/mailing your medical marijuana card, not Leafwell.

You must be at least 21 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Cannabis Card in Utah (renewals only at this moment in time for online applications). 18 – 20 year-olds may qualify if the Compassionate Use Board recommends approval (e.g. terminal or chronic illnesses). Those aged under 21 will need a caregiver. Caregivers must be 21 years of age and complete a criminal background check.

There are no laws specifying whether or not a child can legally use medical cannabis when at school. Current laws prohibit possession or use of cannabis anywhere near a school or school property.

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Is telemedicine allowed for medical cannabis consultations in Utah?

Yes, telemedicine is legal in Utah but only for renewals for existing medical cannabis patients.


How much cannabis can I possess in Utah with an MMJ Card?

  • For medical card holders = Less than 100 miles from dispensary – 56 grams of unprocessed cannabis (flower); or More than a total of 10 grams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in medicinal form. 100 + miles from dispensary – 113 grams of unprocessed cannabis (flower); or More than a total of 20 grams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in medicinal form. Physicians may recommend a different amount.
  • For recreational users = Illegal

It is illegal to grow cannabis in Utah.


Does Utah accept out-of-state cards?

Utah has medical marijuana reciprocity, and so recognizes medical marijuana cards issued by other state MMJ programs.


Will my Utah cannabis card be accepted in other states?

A Utah medical cannabis card is recognized by other states with a medical marijuana program and reciprocity.

The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:

  • Arizona
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Washington, D.C.

However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is fine) – just that you are protected by the state’s medical marijuana laws to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and you intend on purchasing medical marijuana.

The qualifying condition usually has to match between states, so if your qualifying condition is accepted in one state and not your visiting state, your recommendation is not necessarily valid. You are also beholden to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.

The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing a visiting patient application to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • West Virginia (cancer patients only)

Are there employment laws protecting medical cannabis card holders in Utah?

Utah’s legislature clarified that anyone with an MMJ license — including medical doctors and school teachers — will be allowed to use medical cannabis without fear of losing their jobs. However, if use affects performance or the safety of others, then employers may still seek action. Similarly, employers may prohibit use at work.


What are the medical cannabis product testing requirements in Utah?

Utah tests its cannabis products extensively, and lab testing for mold, mildew, pesticides, solvents, mycotoxins & microbials, heavy metals and other pollutants, and cannabinoid content is all a requirement.


Where is it safe to purchase cannabis in Utah?

In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy, or another legally designated space to purchase cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can actually do so.


Where is it safe to consume marijuana in Utah?

All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals or any other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private members club and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.

The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense and generally keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.