Beginning March 1, Utah will begin officially accepting applications for medical cannabis patient cards from the state’s Department of Health. The next day, March 2, the state’s first medical cannabis drug, Dragonfly Health, is set to open, with others to follow, in this review, the history of Utah’s cannabis program, the current market, and its potential future growth.
Seven out of the eight licensees have crops on the land. Several farmers have harvested their first crop, according to a spokesman for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.
One processor in operation so far in Utah – Dragonfly Processing LLC However, on Jan. 14, Kuraleaf Holdings announced preliminary approval for a processing license by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.
Mat. Standard Wellness, which has a cultivation license, stated on its website that it had applied for a processing license and was planning to submit a pharmacy application in Utah, but there was no announcement that it was licensed.
Utah patients with eligible conditions have been able to use medical cannabis since December 2018 with a doctor’s cannabis. However, they had to cross state borders to get it.
The online application process for medical cannabis cards for Utah purchases does not begin until March 1, so there are no statistics on how many people have used or received the card.
However, if Utah combines two statistical approaches, there will be approximately 11,102 medical cannabis cardholders in the first year, which will increase to approximately 38,350 in the fifth year of the program.
Or, in the second scenario, state plans would have about 16,399 medical marijuana cardholders in the first year and 56,598 in the fifth year. That’s a fraction of Utah’s overall population, which is about 3.16 million.
The Utah Department of Health is the organization that manages participating health providers. The current list of eligible medical providers participating includes 17 providers who have agreed to share their information online.
The law allows doctors, osteopathic physicians, advanced training registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (BAs) to prescribe.
Utah has a very generous list of eligible medical conditions as can be seen in the table below.