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How Does the Utah Medical Cannabis Program Change in 2021?

You've heard it all year, I'm sure. "Get your card before it's too late!" "Your letter expires in 2021!" "Beat the rush, register for your card before the end of the year!" Maybe you've heard this so often, you've become a little numb to it all. Or maybe you've thought, "Oh, I need to do that" but the holidays pushed this thought out of your mind. Don't worry, you've still got time! But not much. We want you to stay legal, safe, and healthy. A couple of things change with the Utah Medical Cannabis program in January, so listen up.

Utah Medical Cannabis Letters Expire Jan 1, 2021

Back in March when the Utah Medical Cannabis program launched, very few people in the state — I promise, that's no exaggeration — utah medical cannabis letter of recommendationunderstood how to apply for the card. Not only that, but the UDOH Medical Cannabis department had very few employees able to assist. So we had all these patients who had paid for their visits, expecting to buy cannabis, that got turned away at pharmacies because there wasn't a way to verify their legal patient status. The state decided to put recommendation letters into play while they ironed out some of the kinks in the program. Because of this, patients could use one pharmacy with a signed letter from their provider. This was a big win for patients who desperately needed this treatment.

Since then, the Utah Medical Cannabis program grew larger than anyone expected, and we needed better verification methods. Come 2021, patient recommendation letters and affirmative defense letters will be old news. It'll simply be a super sweet brag you can drop at parties — "I joined the program back when we had letters."

You'll Need to Wait for Your Utah Medical Cannabis Card

Because you won't get a letter, you can't head directly to a pharmacy after your new patient appointment anymore. Instead, you'll need to wait for your official state-issued Medical Cannabis Card to be approved and sent to you by the state before you can pick up your medicine. To make this process quick and painless for patients, our affiliated clinic, Utah Therapeutic Health Center, will shift their appointment flow to include EVS registration on site. This means that when you walk out of the office, you'll have finished your state card application. That'll get your card in your hands faster (usually 2-5 days in our experience). You'll also have full access to their helpful patient experience team all along the way (for those of you that have attempted the EVS registration process alone, you probably already know how difficult and convoluted that can be without a little assistance). (Edit: Conditional Cards have since been introduced into the program to give patients access to their medicine while they wait for their Patient Medical Card. These are expected to launch Fall 2021.)

Utah Medical Cannabis Pharmacy Processes Will Change

On the other hand, having your card right off the bat ensures full access to every Utah Medical Cannabis pharmacy and product in the utah medical cannabis pharmaciststate. After a while in the program, you start to find your favorite strains and products that work best for you. If your local pharmacy doesn't carry it, you can head right on over to the next closest one with no hassle.

You'll also have the option to skip the first-time visit with the pharmacist on staff at your Utah Medical Cannabis pharmacy. Because you'll have an active EVS profile by the time you arrive, they'll be able to see your QMP's notes about dosing, recommended delivery method, etc. This makes it easier to simply "fill that prescription" for you. Having said that, please continue to chat with them if you see them! Medical Cannabis pharmacists and budtenders (or wellness associates, dispensary workers, whatever you'd like to call them) are very friendly and knowledgeable about the products they carry, and they're always happy to help patients and answer their questions.

You Must Buy Utah Medical Cannabis

Finally, if you haven't already, you'll need to correct the way that you obtain your cannabis. Up to this point, recommendation letters and cards protected patients who possessed cannabis purchased in another state. By January 1, 2021, even with a legal Utah Medical Cannabis Card, you'll need to purchase all your cannabis in Utah for you to really stay on the legal side of it. (Edit: this deadline has since been extended to June 30, 2021.) Keep in mind that if you ever get in trouble legally because of your cannabis, it'll be up to you to prove that you have followed the law in this way. Because of this, we recommend holding on to your packaging and receipts, just to be safe (that's not official legal advice, just a tip from your friendly neighborhood cannabis experts).

Get Ready for 2021

That's all I've got for you so far. The program changes and grows all the time, and we here at utahmarijuana.org do our best to keep you informed. You can find updates on our blog like this and on our Utah Medical Cannabis FAQ page, so make sure to check them regularly. If you need assistance getting your card — whether your letter wasn't written by a true QMP, your QMP isn't sure how to certify you, or really anything else — check out our letter-to-card program. Or, if you need to get the ball rolling on becoming a Medical Cannabis patient in the first place, give us a call at 801.851.5554 or schedule an appointment online. We can't wait to help you feel better and stay legal.

By Courtney Lipscomb
Marketing Manager at UtahMarijuana.org
Published December 12, 2020
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William White
William White
1 year ago

Thanks for all you've done, but the State hasn't done enough so as soon as I can get my wife on board-I'm moving to a state where cannabis is legal.

Tyler Hughes
Tyler Hughes
1 year ago

I was told early on that for the first year the state didn't have enough dispensaries to to cover the needs of new patients.
because of this, they allowed out of state purchases, and were planning on having 14 dispensaries.
well, the year is over and out of state purchases are no longer legal. yet were are the dispensaries?

so those who live in St. George need to drive 4 hours to Provo? rather than an hour to Mesquite?
while I can easily understand the changing laws and ordinances with Utah. We are far from where we said we'd be.

M. Felter
M. Felter
1 year ago

When are they going to build a dispensary out in the Uinta Basin? Or Price or Heber?

Kyler
1 year ago

Thanks for deleting my comment I first posted, Utah cannabis is a joke. Take a look at how Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Montana, and so many other states are doing it way better than Utah. Utah is 3X-4X more expensive for product that tests at 1/4 of the potency. How are people suppose to afford $20 grams? That’s pathetic. Pull your heads out Utah. Get the church out of politics. Have some separation of state and religion for once.

Tony
Tony
1 year ago

Coming from a different state, I do no agree with any of the marijuana laws that have been in effect. what bothers me is all your answers are..."oh we are new", "be patient"... really?

if you were the first state ever to open a marijuana dispensary i would understand... but it's funny to me that you say you are new at this... do you not look at other states for examples?
Please let the people decide, no the church., they hinder.

William White
William White
1 year ago

Thanks for all you've done, but the State hasn't done enough so as soon as I can get my wife on board-I'm moving to a state where cannabis is legal.

Utah Marijuana.Org
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Utah Marijuana.Org
1 year ago
Reply to  William White

We hope you'll come back to visit once we build up our program a bit more! The first year is always rocky for every state.

Tyler Hughes
Tyler Hughes
1 year ago

I was told early on that for the first year the state didn't have enough dispensaries to to cover the needs of new patients.
because of this, they allowed out of state purchases, and were planning on having 14 dispensaries.
well, the year is over and out of state purchases are no longer legal. yet were are the dispensaries?

so those who live in St. George need to drive 4 hours to Provo? rather than an hour to Mesquite?
while I can easily understand the changing laws and ordinances with Utah. We are far from where we said we'd be.

Utah Marijuana.Org
Admin
Utah Marijuana.Org
1 year ago
Reply to  Tyler Hughes

This is a very big pain point in Utah right now and we are very sympathetic to our friends in the South. Right now, until more dispensaries pop up in Southern Utah, the closest available option to you is in Provo. We know this is not ideal. The state has asked us all for patience during this transition period. Pretty soon, you’ll have access to cannabis all the time! Until then, it may be worth your while to take a road trip to Provo and stock up a bit. We’ll keep you posted on the open dates of the Southern Utah pharmacies the best that we can! The state has said that all of the remaining dispensaries MUST be open by the end of March 2021. There are also home delivery programs in the works that boast to deliver all the way to St. George! We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know those have gone live. Don't lose hope! COVID set this program back A TON but we are getting there!

M. Felter
M. Felter
1 year ago

When are they going to build a dispensary out in the Uinta Basin? Or Price or Heber?

Utah Marijuana.Org
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Utah Marijuana.Org
1 year ago
Reply to  M. Felter

Hey there. Deseret Wellness plans to open a pharmacy in Park City very soon! For a list of all the current and proposed dispensary sites, check this out.

Kyler
1 year ago

Thanks for deleting my comment I first posted, Utah cannabis is a joke. Take a look at how Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Montana, and so many other states are doing it way better than Utah. Utah is 3X-4X more expensive for product that tests at 1/4 of the potency. How are people suppose to afford $20 grams? That’s pathetic. Pull your heads out Utah. Get the church out of politics. Have some separation of state and religion for once.

Utah Marijuana.Org
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Utah Marijuana.Org
1 year ago
Reply to  Kyler

Hey Kyler. I can't speak to the comment you left at first, I didn't personally see it and I'm not sure how it disappeared. We feel your pain! This is only the beginning of Utah cannabis and it's been active for less than a year, during a pandemic, no less. Once the program is a bit older and more kinks have been straightened out, we have hope it will get better for patients. Keep in mind, we are not affiliated with the state health department and didn't write these laws, we are simply informing the public on them to keep everyone interested safe and legal. Have a great day!

Tony
Tony
1 year ago

Coming from a different state, I do no agree with any of the marijuana laws that have been in effect. what bothers me is all your answers are..."oh we are new", "be patient"... really?

if you were the first state ever to open a marijuana dispensary i would understand... but it's funny to me that you say you are new at this... do you not look at other states for examples?
Please let the people decide, no the church., they hinder.

Utah Marijuana.Org
Admin
Utah Marijuana.Org
1 year ago
Reply to  Tony

Completely agree with you, Tony! We're not affiliated directly with the state, we didn't write the laws, and we're not in control of how they are implemented. We're just trying to make the best of what we've got while we wait for Utah to straighten out the kinks because that's all we can do.

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