Here at Utahmarijuana.org, we are extremely excited that nearly every patient in the Beehive State has the option to have their cannabis medicine delivered. It has been a long time coming. Thanks to state legislators who have come to realize just how inconvenient driving to a pharmacy can be, modifications to the law have been made to accommodate delivery.
Home cannabis delivery is still fairly new in Utah, so keep that in mind as you read the rest of this post. The home delivery space is bound to gradually mature right alongside the rest of the Medical Marijuana industry.
Here are some important things to know about home delivery as it gets underway in Utah:
Although state law allows delivery throughout Utah, it is not available everywhere just yet. We know of only one company that offers statewide delivery right now. Still, they are just getting started. It may take some time to work out the bugs. Be patient. The goal of both legislators and delivery providers is to eventually assure every Utah resident can get their medicines delivered to their door.
Home delivery does not mitigate the need for a Medical Cannabis Card. As a patient, you will still need to obtain a valid card by filling out an online application and visiting with a QMP. You will also have to make at least one visit to a Medical Cannabis Pharmacy to register your card with them – at least for now. The personal visit requirement may change in the future.
Arranging for Medical Cannabis home delivery starts by placing an order online. Check with your preferred pharmacy to see if it offers home delivery. Again, all of this is fairly new. You might find that your pharmacy isn't on board yet. If this is the case, there is a good chance delivery will be available at some point down the road.
When you do place an order, you'll generally have to select a date and time for delivery. You might be able to get same-day delivery if things are slow and you live reasonably close to your pharmacy. But if you are in a rural area, you may have to wait up to a week. It is good to plan ahead of time and place your order in advance of when you will actually need your medicine.
This next thing is big: state law does not allow delivery drivers to deliver products anywhere other than the home address registered for the patient. So whatever address is on file with the state is the address your products must be delivered to. Moreover, it must be a residential address. Delivery drivers cannot deliver your medications to your place of work, a friend's house, etc.
Along those same lines, you must be present to receive your delivery. You will also have to show your ID to verify you are the patient in question. Delivery drivers cannot leave Medical Cannabis packages on your porch or in your garage. Packages cannot be left with your neighbor. They can only be handed directly to you after you have shown your ID.
There is more to know about Medical Cannabis home delivery than we have space for in this post. If you are looking for delivery, check with your pharmacy. And if you have questions, don't be afraid to ask. Home delivery is designed to make your life as a Medical Cannabis patient easier.