SALT LAKE CITY — Patients can officially apply for medical marijuana cards in the state of Utah.
“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.
“The physician can say check, Connor is a patient, I see he signed up and I want to recommend him,” he said. “The Department of Health will then issue to the patient a medical cannabis card or certificate. That allows them to go into the dispensaries that in the weeks and months ahead are going to start to open and be able to purchase their medicine here in Utah.”
Requirements to get a medical cannabis card:
- Locate a medical provider who is registered to recommend medical cannabis
- Meet with a qualified medical provider
- Review the electronic verification system tutorial and apply online for a card
- Qualified medical provider issues recommendation online
- Pay a medical cannabis card application fee online (initial: $15, first 30-day renewal: $5, six-month renewal: $15)
- UDOH completes card application review within 15 days (patients 21+ with qualifying condition) or 90 days (under age 21 or adults without qualifying condition)
- Patient receives medical cannabis card and can purchase from a medical cannabis pharmacy
Once issued, cards are valid for 30 days and need to be renewed by a certified medical provider. After that 30-day period, the cards need to be renewed every six months.
Utah’s first medical cannabis dispensary, Dragonfly Wellness, will open in Salt Lake City on Monday.
Eight of the 14 dispensary locations announced by UDOH officials may open as early as March 2020. The other six may open as early as July 2020.