Utah Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Utah medical marijuana firms could suffer as doctors hold off recommendations

Some of Utah’s biggest health-care providers are hesitant to recommend medical cannabis to qualified patients – a development that could cause the market to grow more slowly. Intermountain Healthcare, the state’s largest provider with 23 hospitals and 170 clinics in its system, has told its physicians to hold off recommending medical marijuana until guidelines are […]

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Utah aims to hire cannabis czar to oversee MMJ, hemp and CBD

Utah state regulators are advertising for a program manager to oversee the newly formed medical cannabis market in the state, industrialized hemp and CBD regulations. The cannabis program manager job would be based in Salt Lake County, and regulators will be looking for candidates with experience in agriculture, pharmaceuticals or natural resources. More details on […]

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Week in Review: Phony CA lab data, Utah gov signs medical marijuana bill & ex-Sweet Leaf execs jailed

The results of hundreds of marijuana lab tests in California are alleged to have been falsified, Utah’s governor signs a compromise medical cannabis bill, and two former executives from MJ retailer Sweet Leaf land in jail. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry this week. California lab fallout repercussions The […]

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Utah medical marijuana advocates challenge new compromise law in court

Advocates in Utah are suing to block a compromise agreement legalizing medical cannabis, saying it wrongly guts a measure approved by voters last month. The compromise bill, which was signed into law by the governor, has more restrictive business provisions than the voter-approved measure. The lawsuit asks a judge to set aside the overhaul and […]

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CBD beverage maker eyes global expansion via $85M purchase of Utah company

A Denver company that makes CBD drinks has agreed to acquire a Utah beverage company to increase its distribution might, especially in Asia. New Age Beverages Corp. (Nasdaq: NBEV) announced that it will acquire privately held Morinda Holdings of Provo, Utah, for $85 million. Here’s what you need to know: New Age will pay $75 million […]

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Utah gov signs medical cannabis compromise bill passed by lawmakers

Utah lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Monday to pass a medical marijuana compromise bill with more restrictive business provisions than the ballot initiative approved by voters Nov. 6.

Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, signed the measure into law Monday night and said his administration would implement the law “as quickly as feasible.”

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Attorney: Utah medical cannabis compromise ‘undermines’ voters’ decision

A pair of pro-marijuana groups in Utah accused the Mormon church of “extreme undermining” with regards to a medical cannabis ballot measure. The letter, sent by attorney Rocky Anderson on behalf of the groups Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE), and the Epilepsy Association of Utah, accuses the church of trying to interfere […]

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Utah medical cannabis election victory could help ensure program’s viability

Voters approved a medical marijuana initiative in Utah, a victory that could put additional pressure on state lawmakers to ensure the modest program is financially viable. Proponents and opponents recently hashed out a legislative compromise in advance of Tuesday’s election, but some details are still being hammered out. “On some of these loose ends (of […]

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Key cannabis legalization wins could bring in upwards of $2 billion in new sales

Marijuana scored a sweeping victory at the ballot box on Tuesday, with voters approving new markets in Michigan, Missouri and Utah that eventually could generate $2 billion in medical and recreational sales.

Across the nation, voters installed the Democrats as the new majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives, improving the odds that lawmakers will pass federal marijuana reforms that benefit MJ businesses.

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Election updates, analysis & highlights

Marijuana Business Daily reporters were on the ground across the United States on Election Day 2018, providing live coverage of the midterms and their significance to the cannabis market. Scroll down for updates our staff filed from the states voting on cannabis-related proposals, as well as potentially pivotal U.S. congressional and gubernatorial races. For analysis of […]

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