Utah delays awarding medicinal marijuana cultivation licenses

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Prospective medical marijuana growers in Utah face a longer-than-expected wait because a state agency postponed the decision to award licenses.

State regulators announced they delayed until the end of July the announcement of who will grow the state’s medical marijuana.

A July 15 deadline initially had been set for the decision.

Eighty-one farmers and entrepreneurs applied for the state’s 10 grower licenses.

Utah joined 33 states in legalizing marijuana after voters approved a medical cannabis law last year.

The state also will choose licensed processors to make medical marijuana products to be sold in dispensaries, possibly as soon as 2020.

– Associated Press