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UT Medical Marijuana Qualifications

Updated on April 10, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Utah Medical Marijuana Qualifications

[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.]

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Utah

Under Proposition 2 Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana include:

  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Autism
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Debilitating Seizures
  • Epilepsy
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Multiple Sclerosis Or Persistent And Debilitating Muscle Spasms
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • A Terminal Illness When The Patient’s Life Expectancy Is Less Than Six Months
  • A Condition Resulting In The Individual Receiving Hospice Care
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) That Is Being Treated And Monitored By A Licensed Health Therapist (Defined Here), And That:
    • Has Been Diagnosed By A Healthcare Provider By The Veterans Administration And Documented In The Patient’S Record; Or
    • Has Been Diagnosed Or Confirmed By Evaluation From A Psychiatrist, Doctorate Psychologist, A Doctorate Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Or A Psychiatric Aprn
  • Persistent Nausea That Is Not Significantly Responsive To Traditional Treatment, Except For Nausea Related To:
    • Pregnancy
    • Cannabis-Induced Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome
    • Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome
  • A Rare Condition Or Disease That Affects Less Than 200,000 Individuals In The U.S., As Defined In Federal Law, and That Is Not Adequately Managed Despite Treatment Attempts Using Conventional Medications (Other Than Opioids Or Opiates) Or Physical Interventions
  • Pain Lasting Longer Than Two Weeks That Is Not Adequately Managed, In The Qualified Medical Provider’s Opinion, Despite Treatment Attempts Using Conventional Medications Other Than Opioids Or Opiates Or Physical Interventions
  • A Condition That The Compassionate Use Board Approves (Once Established) On A Case-By-Case Base

Medical Marijuana in Utah

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.

Medical cannabis will only be available in the following forms under the Utah Medical Cannabis Act:

  • Tablet
  • Capsule
  • Concentrated oil
  • Liquid suspension
  • Transdermal preparation
  • Gelatinous cube
  • Unprocessed cannabis flower in a blister pack containing no more than one gram of flower pods in each individual blister
  • Wax or resin*

*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

  • 56 grams of unprocessed cannabis (flower); or
  • More than a total of 10 grams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in medicinal form

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:

  • An amount sufficient to provide 30 days of treatment based on the dosing parameters that the relevant qualified medical provider (QMP) recommends; or
  • 113 grams of unprocessed cannabis (flower); or
  • More than a total of 20 grams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in medicinal form

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