We are always on the lookout for news about the Medical Cannabis space in Utah. Back in mid-December, we learned of new legislation being proposed for the 2021 session that would, among other things, make it possible for pharmacies to store large quantities of product in warehouses so that they could deliver directly to patients. Home delivery would be a big step forward for Utah patients.
With that said, imagine our delight upon stumbling across a Salt Lake Tribune article published January 21. The article details the efforts of a Utah dispensary that has begun home delivery to patients in fifteen counties, including Wasatch and Salt Lake. The company has hired ten couriers already.
That's fantastic! Home delivery is just what Utah patients need until there are enough brick-and-mortar dispensaries to serve everyone with a reasonable level of convenience. Moreover, it is critical to patients who are too ill or fragile to make the trip to a dispensary.
Home delivery does a lot of good things, including:
It is not clear to us how this new home delivery service squares with the previously mentioned legislation. At this point it doesn't matter a whole lot. The fact is that patients in fifteen counties can now have their Medical Cannabis delivered to them.
We hope that this is just the start of home delivery. Utah is a mostly rural state. As you know, driving into Salt Lake City or Provo can be quite an undertaking for some residents. Others cannot do it at all. They either have to send a qualified caregiver to go in their place or do without. That's not good.
We need more access in rural areas, that's for sure. We need ways to reach those patients who have no other option for getting Medical Cannabis. Here's hoping the proposed legislation makes the complete rounds and eventually lands on the governor's desk.
In the meantime, the doctors here at utahmarijuana.org are ready to help you obtain a Medical Cannabis card. We invite you to make an appointment to visit any of our clinics at your earliest convenience. You can schedule an appointment online or call 801-851-5554.
Obtaining a Medical Cannabis Card is not as hard as you might think. You visit with a qualified medical provider (QMP) to talk about your medical condition. Hopefully, that means coming in and speaking to one of our providers. But either way, the QMP can determine if your condition qualifies for Medical Cannabis under Utah law.
Assuming that is the case, the QMP will fill out the necessary paperwork. You submit that paperwork along with your application and the associated fee. It is then up to the state to review the paperwork and approve you for a card. That's really all there is to it.
Just remember that Medical Cannabis Cards are not permanent. They do have to be renewed from time to time. Often, this does mean a return visit to the QMP. But that is nothing to worry about either; the process is as simple and straightforward as can be.
Utah has taken a huge step forward with the introduction of home delivery. Here's hoping that legislators will approve the warehousing plan so that dispensaries can get Medical Cannabis products to patients all over the state. The move would be a life-changing one for countless numbers of patients.