Utah: Governor Signs Law Amending Medical Cannabis Distribution Rules

Salt Lake City, UT: Republican Gov. Gary Herbert has signed legislation into law amending the state’s nascent medical cannabis access program.

Under the new law, the distribution of medical cannabis products will no longer be overseen by public health regulators. Rather, regulators will license as many as 14 private entities throughout the state to dispense cannabis products to authorized patients. The new legislation also permits courier services to engage in cannabis deliveries to those patients who either reside a significant distance from an operating dispensary or who are homebound.

Lawmakers unanimously approved the changes during a special legislative session earlier this month. It marked the second time in less than a year that lawmakers had convened a special session to amend the state’s medical cannabis law.

Voters in 2018 approved Proposition 2, which legalized the use and dispensing of medical cannabis to qualified patients. Shortly thereafter, lawmakers held a special legislative session where they voted to repeal and replace the initiative law with their own, more restrictive legislation.

For more information, contact NORML State Policies Coordinator Carly Wolf, at (202) 483-5500.