Utah Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

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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12 Utah medical marijuana dispensaries not enough, advocates say

Medical marijuana advocates in Utah say 12 dispensaries won’t be sufficient to meet demand when the state’s MMJ program launches next year. The comments came during a tense public hearing that Utah lawmakers held in advance of a special session next week to approve amendments to the state’s medical cannabis law that are poised to open […]

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Cannabis industry insiders brace for potential fallout as health officials report new vaping deaths, issue warnings

U.S. health officials were once again cautioning the public to refrain from using vaping products as related respiratory illnesses and even deaths continued to be disclosed last week. As of Friday, officials linked at least five fatalities to e-cigarettes and electronic marijuana vaping devices. The outbreak has some in the cannabis industry expecting at least a […]

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Utah governor moves to scrap state-run medical marijuana system

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is calling a special legislative session to scratch an unusual plan for a state-run medical cannabis dispensary system. Instead, he wants to expand the number of private dispensaries from seven to as many as 12. While the measure, if it passes, would open up additional business opportunities, its primary purpose is […]

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Utah lawmakers consider ditching state-run medical cannabis system

Utah legislators are drafting a proposal to scrap a planned state-run medical marijuana dispensary system and instead increase the number of private facilities, which could boost business opportunities and sales. Lawmakers are considering the change after facing pressure from county attorneys who said the system put public employees at risk of being prosecuted under federal drug […]

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Utah high court dismisses medical cannabis lawsuit, but another still alive

A lawsuit aimed at overturning a move by Utah lawmakers to replace a more liberal medical marijuana system with a more restrictive one came to an end in the state Supreme Court. But a second lawsuit is still working its way through the system. According to Salt Lake TV station KSTU, the original suit, filed by […]

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Utah rejects appeals from six would-be medical cannabis growers

Utah dismissed appeals from six companies that were denied licenses to grow medical marijuana, a move that at least temporarily keeps the program on track to launch next year. Utah’s Division of Purchasing announced the dismissal of the appeals just days after the July 26 deadline to file the challenges. Purchasing Director Chris Hughes said rejected applicants can […]

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Businesses appeal Utah’s medical cannabis cultivator picks

Six companies challenged Utah’s medical marijuana grower licensing selections, which could further delay the program rollout set for next year. The state’s Division of Purchasing said Monday it received the appeals before Friday’s deadline from six unsuccessful applicants. Some applicants complain that Utah is granting licenses to unqualified cultivators; others contend that issuing fewer than […]

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Utah selects medical cannabis growers, including out-of-state firms

Utah on Friday awarded eight medical marijuana cultivation licenses to a mix of local and out-of-state businesses. That’s two short of the 10 growers allowed under state law, but regulators are hoping to ensure a supply-and-demand balance. “The decision to only award eight licenses was made to avoid an oversupply of product, while still maintaining a […]

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