Utah medical cannabis patients under the law no longer are permitted to obtain their supply from out-of-state. The Jan. 1 start date of the new restriction has some worried that the Utah-produced supply won't be enough to meet demand. – Salt Lake Tribune

Last year, Chelsie Warren quit her job as a bus driver so she’d be free to sign up as one of Utah’s first cannabis patient cardholders and qualify for the plant-based treatment that soothes her chronic back pain. She’s found a new job since then and doesn’t regret the trade-off. But the Garland resident is disappointed she has to drive 40 minutes to the nearest cannabis pharmacy — which is often sold out of the gummies that provide her relief and sometimes also out of the raw flower she uses as a backup. She’s traveled outside Utah, where she says dispensaries are better-stocked and prices are lower, several times. “It’s just been so much easier for me to go out of state,” she said, “and purchase so much more for cheaper.” With the advent of 2021, though, she and other Utah cannabis patients lost the legal ability to cross state lines and buy their medicine in Colorado or Nevada, as many of them have been doing for months. State lawmakers put this sunset date on out-of-state purchases in anticipation that, by this point, Utah’s medical cannabis program would be robust enough to serve its own patient population. But nearly a year since legal cannabis sales began in Utah, only half the state’s 14 approved marijuana pharmacies have opened, and the retailers that are up and running have often struggled to keep their shelves full. Cannabis advocate Desiree Hennessy said she’s trying to figure out how to bridge the gap for patients in rural Utah who can’t easily travel to one of the Wasatch Front pharmacies and are now legally prohibited from accessing cannabis treatment anywhere else. “These patients are without medication,” she said. “They’re watching

Read More Here...

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on reddit
Share on pinterest
Share on email

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top