The Utah Medical Cannabis Act, or HB 3001, was passed in 2018. This bill legalized the usage of medical marijuana for patients experiencing certain qualifying conditions. While originally quite restrictive, current changes to the bill have increased the freedoms of medical marijuana usage.
Important updates to the Utah Medical Cannabis Act were passed with Senate Bill 121 (February 28, 2020) and House Bill 425 (March 24, 2020). These updates include:
Currently, there are only six operating medical marijuana pharmacies in the state of Utah. By the end of 2020, 11 more pharmacies should open. Medical marijuana users can only purchase medical marijuana from registered pharmacies in the state of Utah. Medical marijuana users cannot transport THC-containing marijuana products over state lines. This does not apply to low-THC CBD products.
Compared to surrounding states, Utah's medical marijuana laws are rather restrictive. As Utah lawmakers take steps to increase access to the medical benefits of marijuana for qualified patients, there is still resistance from prosecutors and the Utah court system. While signed into law in 2018, the Utah Medical Cannabis Act is an ongoing progress. Updates and amendments further complicate the process which leaves both citizens and prosecutors struggling to understand the scope of the law.
If you are a law-abiding citizen that has previously or is currently using medical marijuana and were wrongfully charged with a crime related to the usage or possession of marijuana, you need a Utah medical marijuana lawyer to help you build a solid defense.
Branson West is a Utah criminal defense attorney who has assisted hundreds of clients wrongfully accused of marijuana related charges. The state of Utah aggressively fights the illegal usage of marijuana, and oftentimes medical marijuana users are caught in the crossfire. If you are a medical marijuana user who is facing unfair cannabis charges, Branson West can help you.
The medicinal benefits of marijuana have been proven to help save and improve thousands of lives across the nation. As a medical marijuana cardholder in Utah, you have the right to access, possess and use marijuana. Don't let confusion about the law or aggressive prosecutors take this right away from you. With Branson West, you can build a solid defense and maintain your cardholder status. Call today for a free consultation.