The state of Utah legalized medical cannabis in 2018, through a Legislative bill, House Bill 3001, which provided a legal way for qualifying patients in the state to access and utilize medical cannabis as a form of treatment for their ailment. Access to medical cannabis is through state licensed businesses that are allowed to grow, manufacture and sell medical cannabis.
When to Apply
NUMBER OF MARIJUANA BUSINESS LICENSES AVAILABLE
The state of Utah is currently accepting applications to license Processors only, with no established statewide limit on number of licenses or deadline for application submission. Learn more about each type of marijuana business license in Utah below.
Utah Medical Cannabis Cultivation: can grow medical cannabis plants and sell wholesale to other licensed Utah Medical Cannabis Businesses. There is a limit of fifteen (15) medical cannabis cultivation licenses within the state. Applications for cultivation licenses were accepted from May 31, 2019 – July 1, 2019, the state issued only eight (8) cultivation licenses and is no longer accepting applications to license additional cultivators. The Department may issue additional licenses in the future should the department determine it is necessary, to provide adequate supply.
Utah Medical Cannabis Processor: can extract, process and produce cannabis products such as topicals, concentrates, tinctures, etc. and sell wholesale to state licensed dispensaries. There are no state-wide limits on number of processor licenses available. There are two different types of processing licenses:
- A Tier 1 Processor License allows the licensee to receive cannabis from a licensed cannabis cultivation facility or to accept THC or THC byproducts from a Utah licensed cannabis processing facility or industrial hemp processor to then process, manufacture, dry, cure, package, and label cannabis and cannabis products for sale or transfer to another cannabis processing facility or a medical cannabis pharmacy.
- A Tier 2 Processor License allows the licensee to receive cannabis from a licensed cannabis cultivation facility or a cannabis processing facility to package and label cannabis and cannabis products for sale or transfer to another cannabis processing facility, a medical cannabis pharmacy, or the state central fill medical cannabis pharmacy.
Utah Medical Cannabis Pharmacy (Dispensary): can purchase medical cannabis from licensed cultivation and processing facilities and dispense medical cannabis to registered patients. There is a limit of fourteen (14) medical cannabis dispensaries within the state. The state awarded all fourteen (14) dispensary licenses in January 2020 and is no longer accepting applications to license additional dispensaries.
HOW TO START A MARIJUANA BUSINESS IN UTAH
To obtain a marijuana business license in Utah, you will be required to submit an application. As part of the application, you will be required to submit marijuana business plans such as the following:
- Business Plan
- Financial Plan
- Processing Plan
- Inventory Control Plan
- Security Plan
- Recordkeeping Plan
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UTAH MARIJUANA TIMELINE
2018 – Utah legalized medical cannabis
May 2019 – Request for Proposals period for Cannabis Cultivation Licenses open
July 2019 – Request for Proposals period for Cannabis Cultivation Licenses closed
July 2019 – Cannabis Cultivation Licenses awarded to 8 companies
August 2019 – Request for Proposals period for Cannabis Processor Licenses open (no deadline)
October 2019 – Request for Proposals period for Cannabis pharmacy (dispensary) Licenses open
December 2019 – Request for Proposals period for Cannabis pharmacy (dispensary) Licenses closed
January 2020 – Cannabis Pharmacy Licenses awarded to 14 companies
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