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How to Get a Utah Medical Marijuana Card in 2020

Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Apr 19 2020 - 8 min read

Are you interested in getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Utah? You’ve come to the right place. We hope this article acts as a valuable guide to help you understand the process of applying for your MMJ Card. We keep this information up to date to make sure it is accurate and makes your journey as simple as possible. Keep reading to find out more.

Table of contents
  1. Getting a Utah Medical Marijuana Card Online
  2. Who Can Apply?
  3. What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Utah?
  4. How do I Apply?
  5. What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
  6. How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Utah?
  7. What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Utah?
  8. What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
  9. Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
  10. How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  11. Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Utah?
  12. Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  13. Does Utah Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
  14. History of Medical Marijuana Legislation in Utah
  15. Utah Medical Marijuana Laws
  16. Useful Links

Getting a Utah Medical Marijuana Card Online

Medical Marijuana in Utah is getting increasingly accessible, meaning it’s simpler than ever to obtain a Medical Marijuana Card for those who need access to quality products through legal and reliable dispensaries. As of 1 March 2020, patients are able apply to apply online and obtain their Medical Marijuana Card.

In recent months Utah has started to open up dispensaries, and they are allowed to stay open during the Coronavirus crisis. The laws surrounding telehealth have also been loosened to some extent, so it has become possible to speak to a physician online about medical cannabis certification.

As a telehealth platform helping people easily obtain their medical marijuana cards, Leafwell has helped our clients quickly and securely get a Utah Medical Marijuana Card online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions and help individuals living in Utah understand the importance of applying for their Utah MMJ Card via the easy, HIPAA-compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform. You can visit our Ultimate Guide to Getting a Medical Marijuana Card for more general information.

Who Can Apply?

To apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Utah, you must be a legal resident of Utah.

Patients must be aged 21 or over in order to apply for a medical marijuana card for themselves. Minors can apply but need to apply for a Medical Cannabis Guardian Card and a Provisional Patient Card. If you are aged 18-20 (not a minor but not old enough to apply either), you can qualify if the Compassionate Use Board recommends approval.

For those aged under 18 or those who need assistance with obtaining or dosing medical cannabis, a caregiver will need to be listed on the patient’s application form.

What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Utah?

As an MMJ Card holder in Utah, you are permitted to possess cannabis. However, there are some strict restrictions in place which you need to be aware of.

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, the rules are different. 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

Smoking cannabis is illegal in Utah, even for medical reasons. However, vaporizing is acceptable. The limits include:

  • 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.

The law prohibits any brownies, candies, cookies or other edible products, including unprocessed flowers outside of blister packs.

How do I Apply?

With Leafwell, you can get your Utah Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:

1. Register online with Leafwell (https://leafwell.co/medical-card/utah/)

You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a Utah medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation is $199. You are only billed if approved.

2. Receive your Certificate from Leafwell

This is a certificate which says that your doctor recommends you become a cannabis patient under the state’s current laws and this certificate is required to apply for your MMJ Card. It will be emailed to you immediately after your successful appointment. We’ll also send you a hard copy in the mail shortly afterwards but you only need the PDF version to apply because you upload it as part of your online application.

3. Complete the Application on the Government Website

As of March 1st, 2020, patients have been able to register on the Department of Health Website and receive their verification via the Utah Electronic Verification System. The cost of this is $15 which is a processing fee.

4. A Leafwell Physician will Complete the Application

At this stage, the physician you saw will go online and complete the recommendation and certificate process for medical marijuana. At this point, based on the conversation you had with our physician, we may be able to provide some recommended dosing guidelines.

5. Receive your Medical Marijuana Card

If approved, you will receive a digitised version of your medical marijuana card by email. A physical card will follow in the mail. Your certificate will be valid for 90 days from the date of issue.

Note that due to Covid-19, legislation was passed which allows patients to use their recommendation letter only to purchase medical marijuana in Utah. This law is set to expire on 31st December 2020.

What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?

Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details as well as some medical records. These are all passed securely to one of our registered practitioners who can familiarize themselves with your application before your consultation.

The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a Utah registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.

At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether they recommend the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the certification, which will be promptly emailed in PDF form, ready to be uploaded as part of an application to the Utah government. A hard copy will be sent in the mail a few days later if you choose to submit a paper application.

If an application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email detailing why our registered practitioner felt unable to provide you with the certificate. You will not be charged for the consultation.

Once obtained, the certification will last for 90 days.

How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Utah?

The initial consultation with one of the Utah registered practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA compliant online consultation service is a flat fee of $199. However, if you do not qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate, you will not be charged.

It costs $15 for the MMJ Card and application form, payable to the state. This is a non-refundable fee which must be paid every time you apply. Each card is valid for 90 days. Every time you renew, you will be required to meet with a state-licensed physician via a telemedicine platform like Leafwell and then renew your card via the state website.

There is no additional fee for applications which include a designated caregiver.

Insurance does not currently cover the cost of applying for an MMJ Card in Utah because cannabis is illegal at the federal level.

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Utah?

According to Utah law in 2020, the following debilitating conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card in Utah:

Note that this list is up to date as of August 2020. Legislation or the Commissioner of Health may add additional conditions, at which time, Leafwell will update this list.

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?

In order to apply for your MMJ Card in Utah, you will need to show your signed certificate which provides proof of your condition as well as your identification documents. You should gather together the following:

  • ID
  • Proof of residency
  • A signed certificate (which can be obtained via Leafwell)

Below are all of the acceptable forms these documents may take.

Acceptable ID

  • Valid, unexpired Driver’s License
  • State-produced Identification Card
  • Passport

Note that out-of-state ID is not acceptable.

Acceptable proof of residency

  • Utility bill
  • Any correspondence with a state department
  • Bank statement
  • Mortgage or rental agreement

Signed Certification

A PDF version will be emailed to you upon successful completion of your consultation with a registered practitioner on Leafwell’s secure platform.

Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?

Yes. In order to responsibly sign a certificate which permits individuals to apply for an MMJ card, our registered practitioners must have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history.

This allows them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case-by-case basis.

How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

For those aged under 18 or those who need assistance with obtaining or dosing medical cannabis, a caregiver will need to be listed on the patient’s application form.

The process looks like this:

  1. Current medical cannabis patient designates caregiver online.
  2. Review the EVS user guide and apply online for a medical cannabis card.
  3. Pay medical cannabis card application fee online.
  4. Caregiver completes background check forms.
  5. Utah Department of Health (UDOH) reviews medical cannabis card application.
  6. Receive medical cannabis card.
  7. Purchase medical cannabis from a medical cannabis pharmacy.

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Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Utah?

No. For the moment, it is not possible for a person to grow cannabis in Utah, even if they are a qualifying medical marijuana patient.

Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.

Does Utah Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?

Utah does not recognize other states’ medical marijuana cards, certificates or recommendations. Other states may, however, recognize a Utah medical marijuana card. These states include:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Hawaii – out-of-state visiting patients may qualify
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania – minors only
  • Rhode Island
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada

History of Medical Marijuana Legislation in Utah

Here is a brief overview of the history of medical marijuana laws in Utah:

  • 1915 – Cannabis is banned
  • March 2014 – House Bill 105 makes legal the use of low-THC CBD oil by registered patients with a physical recommendation and intractable epilepsy. However, buying the oil was still illegal
  • February 2018 – House Bill 195 was passed which legalised the right to try and grow medical marijuana patients – for terminally ill patients only
  • November 2018 – Utah Medical Cannabis Act passed – this include expectation for dispensaries to open by January 2021
  • 1 March 2020 – Utah’s Department of Health begins issuing Medical Marijuana Cards
  • 24 March 2020 – qualifying MMJ patients can use their certificates to purchase medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries (of which there are currently 2).

Utah Medical Marijuana Laws

Possession of any marijuana is considered a misdemeanor for everyone who is not a Medical Marijuana patient. If you are caught with less than one ounce of marijuana and no medical marijuana card, you could face up to 6 months in jail and a $1000 fine.

It is illegal to sell marijuana outside of the few authorised medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. It is a felony offence.

It is illegal to own or sell marijuana paraphernalia in Utah.

To find out more about getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Utah, get in touch with the expert team at Leafwell today or use any of these verified resources below:

Written by
Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Ruth Lemon has worked in Cambodia and Australia, gaining experience in the non-profit sector, education and international development, and digital marketing. New to the cannabis sector, Ruth is helping Leafwell to scale without compromising the customer experience and seeks to create a frictionless customer journey. She now lives in the UK with her rescued Cambodian cat and believes Leafwell is improving access to and understanding of a valuable medical alternative.

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