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Published September 13, 2021

Did you know there are six types of Utah Medical Cannabis Cards? You’re probably familiar with the first: Patient Cards. That’s the standard card that any patient over the age of 21 would receive. Then there are Guardian Cards for — you guessed it — guardians of underage Medical Cannabis patients. Those go hand-in-hand with Provisional Cards (cards given to minor patients). Coming this fall, we’ll see Conditional Cards: cards that give you access to the pharmacies while waiting for your Patient Card to be approved. (Read more about Conditional Cards here.) We’ve got Non-Resident Cards, then there’s the sixth card: Caregiver Cards. These cards are used for patients who are unable to visit the pharmacy themselves and need to appoint somebody to pick up their medicine. If you or someone you know would benefit from a Caregiver Card, we’ve broken it down into 8 simple steps. Let’s go through it together.

1.     Befriend a Medical Cannabis patient.

The first step to becoming a caregiver is to befriend a Utah Medical Cannabis patient. There are more than 35,000 of us!

2.     Have your Medical Cannabis patient buddy designate you as a caregiver on their EVS application.

Before you can get your own Caregiver Card, a patient in the program needs to first tell the state who they’d like to have help them out. To do this, the Medical Cannabis patient simply needs to head to evs.utah.gov and navigate to the “Caregivers” section of their existing EVS application. Once the patient hits “+Newcaregiver card medical cannabis patient Caregiver” and adds the new caregiver’s information, they’ll save and submit the application. This will trigger an email to send to the caregiver listed with additional instructions.

3.     Fill out your own Medical Cannabis application.

The caregiver application process isn’t much different than the patient application process, but there is one important step to note. After you’ve created your Utah ID login, you’ll be asked if you’d like to complete Patient, QMP, or Caregiver Registration. Click “Caregiver Registration,” complete the application with your information, and hit “Register.” You’ll then be taken to the original login page where you can log in to your application and continue filling out the required information. Don’t forget to save and submit! (Get detailed EVS save and submit instructions here if needed.)

4.     Pay the required Caregiver Card application fee.

Immediately after saving and submitting, your status will change to “Awaiting Payment.” Follow the instructions at the top of the EVS screen to navigate to make your payment. Your first-time registration fee is $68.25. (Note: You’re able to act as a caregiver to two Medical Cannabis patients. You’ll pay $15 for your second patient Caregiver Card should you need one.)

5.     Complete a background check.

After you submit your payment, you’ll get an email from the Department of Health to start the background check process. Because we’re dealing with a schedule I substance, the state requires a clean background check for each person who enters the pharmacy to purchase cannabis without approval for medical use by a provider.

6.     Wait patiently as UDOH reviews your application.

shopping at a medical cannabis pharmacy with a caregiver cardDuring this time, UDOH simply confirms that all of the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed on your application. This process can take up to 15 days from the date your background check clears.

7.     Receive your Caregiver Card.

Once UDOH confirms that each requirement has been met, you will receive your Medical Cannabis Caregiver Card via email. You can then save the card on your phone or print it out for a physical copy.

8.     Shop for your Medical Cannabis patient buddy.

Now you’re ready to head to your nearest Medical Cannabis pharmacy. We’ve got 14 in the state — find one that’s closest to you, browse the menu, and check out reviews here.

It’s really that easy! If you need assistance with this process or have additional questions, please comment below or give us a call. We’d love to hear from you.

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