There are 16 qualifying medical conditions eligible for medical marijuana treatment under the Utah medical cannabis program.
The Center for Medical Cannabis of the Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issues medical marijuana cards to patients diagnosed with one or more of the following qualifying medical conditions:
Yes. The Utah medical cannabis program reviews petitions for adding new qualifying conditions through the Compassionate Use Board (CUB), a group of seven qualified medical providers appointed by the DHHS and approved by the Utah Senate. The CUB accepts petitions monthly and reviews them monthly too. It accepts patients from patients and qualified medical providers seeking the inclusion of debilitating medical conditions not currently on the list of qualifying conditions approved for medical cannabis use in Utah.
No. Qualified medical providers in Utah can only recommend medical cannabis for the conditions named on the state’s list of qualifying medical conditions. A patient or their medical provider who believes their debilitating or intractable condition should be included on this list must petition the CUB with proof that conventional treatment options are inadequate, that the condition severely impairs the patient’s quality of life, and that medical marijuana helps alleviate the condition.
Yes. To join the state’s medical cannabis program and obtain a medical marijuana card, a patient diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition must get a recommendation for medical cannabis from an eligible medical provider. Utah accepts recommendations issued by state-licensed:
Any Utah-licensed MD, DO, APRN, PA, or DPM also licensed to prescribe controlled substances may provide medical cannabis recommendations, as a limited medical provider (LMP), to qualifying patients aged 21 or older. An LMP cannot recommend more than 15 patients for medical cannabis in Utah. To become a qualified medical provider (QMP), an Utah-licensed MD, DO, APRN, PA, or DPM must also be licensed to prescribe a controlled substance and then register with the DHHS in the state’s medical cannabis program. The DHHS provides a list of QMPs who have chosen to have their information made public.
Utah issues different medical cannabis cards to adult residents, minors, and non-residents. Patient cards are only available to adults aged 18 or older. Minors get provisional patient cards issued together with guardian cards for their parents or legal guardians. Every provisional cannabis card issued for minors under the age of 18 must be approved by the CUB. A non-Utah resident card is a temporary cannabis card issued to a visitor diagnosed with a qualifying condition recognized under the Utah medical cannabis program and holding a valid cannabis card from their home state.