Utah Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


Utah’s top medical marijuana regulator is stepping down

Less than a week after the first medical marijuana dispensary in Utah opened its doors, the state’s top cannabis regulator announced he is resigning. Andrew Rigby, director of the state’s medical marijuana and industrial hemp program, is leaving his post later this month, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Rigby, who took the job in early 2019, […]

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Medical cannabis sales begin in Utah

Utah’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened Monday as the state begins a gradual rollout of its medical cannabis program. Dragonfly Wellness in Salt Lake City is the first out of the gate. The state’s second dispensary is expected to open later this month. It will be followed by seven more in June and the final […]

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Utah’s first medical marijuana stores set to open

Utah’s new medical marijuana program will launch on schedule, state health officials said, with one or two dispensaries opening in the first week of March. The dispensaries’ opening coincides with the issuance of cards that will allow patients to legally purchase medical marijuana in the state. However, the number of physicians willing to recommend medical […]

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Marijuana banking

Finding a doctor or other medical provider willing to sign a letter of recommendation to use medical marijuana is difficult for MMJ patients in Utah, even though the state Legislature passed a law in December 2018 allowing residents to use MMJ before patient cards are issued.

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Dozens may apply as Utah opens medical marijuana dispensary licensing round

Utah officials expect “dozens” of individuals and businesses to apply to serve the state’s relatively small market with a total of 14 medical cannabis dispensaries. The application process remains open until Dec. 2, with state officials aiming to announce winners in time to launch the first phase of the program on March 1. Rich Oborn, […]

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Utah medical marijuana dispensaries could face hefty fees

Utah would charge medical marijuana dispensaries between $50,000 and $69,500 each year in operating fees under a proposal state officials are considering – placing an unexpectedly high financial burden on future MMJ businesses. An executive with a Washington state-based company interested in opening a dispensary in Utah called the proposed fees a “big pill to […]

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UT gov signs medical cannabis bill increasing dispensaries, licensing couriers

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, as expected, signed a bill that will increase the number of medical marijuana dispensaries from seven to 14, with additional growth possible depending on market demand. Utah legislators unanimously passed the legislation during a recent special session called by the Republican governor to scrap a state-run MMJ distribution system. The measure […]

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Week in Review: Vape crisis continues, federal cannabis bill moves, Utah licenses & more

State regulators from across the country react to the vaping crisis, a federal marijuana banking bill sees movement, Utah ups its medical cannabis licensing opportunities – and more of the week’s top marijuana business news. States’ responses to vaping crisis State regulators nationwide have begun responding in earnest to the vaping illness epidemic, which now stands […]

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Utah lawmakers vote to increase medical marijuana dispensaries to 14

Utah legislators unanimously passed legislation allowing 14 private medical cannabis dispensaries, substantially boosting the business opportunities for a program scheduled to launch as soon as March 2020. The measure, voted on during a special session called by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert, amends the state’s MMJ law that called for a state-run pharmacy system combined with […]

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Cresco Labs acquires marijuana company Tryke for $282.5 million

Chicago-based Cresco Labs said it is buying Tryke, a vertically integrated private cannabis company active in Nevada and Arizona, for $282.5 million. Here are the basics around the announcement: The $282.5 million price tag is made up of $55 million in cash and the balance in stock. Tryke posted revenue of $70.4 million in fiscal […]

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