Updated on April 10, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Note: on Nov 6, 2018 Utah approved a medical marijuana program – as details evolve, we will be updating the information below. Sign up for our newsletter to learn more.]
Utah passed Proposition 2 on November 6th, 2018. “The Medical Marijuana Initiative” legalizes Medical Marijuana for all patients diagnosed with a qualifying condition. If a patient is under eighteen (18) years of age, an approved and authorized Caregiver can accompany minors for Medical Marijuana Treatment. After being certified by a qualified physician and diagnosed with a qualifying condition, patients can apply for a Medical Marijuana Card. Proposition 2 authorizes Utah’s Department of Health to begin issuing Medical Marijuana Cards no later than March 1, 2020.
Under the current medical marijuana program, only patients who are diagnosed with epilepsy have a chance of getting cannabis oil treatment to relieve their seizures. The cannabinoid CBD can be very effective at reducing the length and frequency of seizures. In severe cases, epilepsy is debilitating and even causes brain damage.
The misfirings in the brain that cause seizures are of unknown origin, but they can cause damage. The longer the seizure goes on, the more damage brain tissue can experience. Cannabis relaxes the brain and stops the random and erroneous signal transfers.
People who experience severe seizure activity with epilepsy find it almost impossible to conduct their daily activities. There are often no warning signs that a seizure is about to start. Depending on the environment, a seizure can cause physical damage to the body. It may also present other dangers, like falling down the stairs or causing a traffic accident.
Cannabis therapy that reduces seizures can be life-changing for a patient with epilepsy. There are many other conditions that can be relieved by marijuana treatment. Hopefully, in time, the state of Utah will make this healing plant available to more patients.
*If a patient fails to substantially respond on two other forms listed, a qualified medical provider may recommend wax or resin.
Smoking of Medical Marijuana is not permitted, but vaporizing (vaping) Medical Marijuana is legal.
The law prohibits any brownies, candies, cookies or other edible products, including unprocessed flowers outside of blister packs.
In any one 12-day period, patients may not purchase more than the lesser of:
An amount sufficient to provide 14 days of treatment based on the dosing parameters that the relevant qualified medical provider (QMP) recommends; or
If a qualifying patient’s primary residence is 100 miles or greater from a medical cannabis pharmacy or local health department:
In any one 28-day period, patients may not purchase more than the lesser of: