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Not Decriminalized

Medical Marijuana (1)

Medical since 2018

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Not Recreational

2019 Marijuana Packaging Law Updates

On December 1, 2018, the state of Utah legalized medical cannabis for qualified patients. The Beehive state best known for its impressive displays of snow during the winter, acted upon a proposition which would allow for the use of medical marijuana in certain cases. While the legalization of medical marijuana in Utah was met with approval by many users that require medical marijuana for various medical issues, Utah still has some restrictive policies that leave many patients frustrated. For instance, there are tight restrictions on medical marijuana and there is intensified oversight on how medical marijuana is to be dispensed.

Some of the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Utah include:

  • HIV
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Cachexia
  • Crohn’s disease
  • PTSD (with certain conditions and requirements)
  • Autism

While some of the above conditions come with restrictions, the legalization of medical marijuana is a welcome change in Utah.

On or before January 1st, 2020, Utah’s Department of Agriculture and Food will start to accept and process medical cannabis facility applications.

To stay updated on Utah’s medical marijuana program, be sure to keep our page bookmarked for your convenience.

2018 Marijuana Packaging Law Updates

Many states still follow US Federal guidelines for cannabis, classifying it as an illegal drug with no medicinal value and addictive qualities. Utah is one of those states, considering cannabis as a Schedule I narcotic. A Schedule 1 narcotic is a drug with “no health benefits and a high potential for abuse.” The “no health benefits” part of that statement is what most cannabis activists are trying to challenge. Despite that, individuals can still face charges if they’re in possession of cannabis, and legal consequences can be more severe if the amount of cannabis is over what is considered enough for “personal use.”

Current Medical Cannabis Laws

Lawmakers in many states, including the Beehive State, are still working with lobbyists, scientists, and law enforcement to decide on the question of legal cannabis in the state. The question may also be put to voters to decide, depending on the state laws. Many states begin the path toward legalizing cannabis by relaxing possession laws, so you should check with Utah state government  to see current laws and regulations regarding cannabis dispensaries in the state.

Current Cannabis Research

Scientists have been studying the chemicals that create the physical and mental effects of cannabis, called cannabinoids. They have isolated the chemical (THC) that causes the mental impairment, intoxication, and occasional anxiety many experience with cannabis use. The other major chemical is cannabidiol, or CBD. While THC is illegal in all states, the legality of CBD varies state by state.

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