A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Your Medical Card in Utah

Getting your Utah medical marijuana card is a fairly straightforward process. Here are four steps to help you understand how to apply, qualify, and receive your MMJ card in the beehive state.

  1. Meet with a qualified physician and get evaluated 
  2. Get a recommendation and apply for a card at the Utah Department of Health website
  3. Pay your fees
  4. Get your card and buy your medical cannabis

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Who Can Get a Medical Card in Utah?

To obtain a medical cannabis card, you must be a resident of Utah and have at least one of the qualifying medical conditions. Someone who is under 21 can get a medical card only if their parent/guardian is approved for a medical cannabis guardian card. 

If you don’t have one of the qualifying conditions, you can petition an application through the Compassionate Use Board, but you’re not guaranteed your card. They are approved on a case-by-case basis.

What Are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis in Utah?

Those looking to get a medical card in Utah must have at least one of the qualifying conditions:

  • HIV or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Cachexia
  • Persistent nausea that is not significantly responsive to traditional treatment, except for nausea related to:
    • Pregnancy
    • Cannabis-induced cyclical vomiting syndrome
    • Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Epilepsy or debilitating seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis or persistent and debilitating muscle spasms
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that is being treated and monitored by a licensed health therapist (defined here), and that:
    • has been diagnosed by a healthcare provider by the Veterans Administration and documented in the patient’s record; or
    • has been diagnosed or confirmed by evaluation from a psychiatrist, doctorate psychologist, a doctorate licensed clinical social worker, or a psychiatric APRN
  • Autism
  • A terminal illness when the patient’s life expectancy is less than six months
  • A condition resulting in the individual receiving hospice care
  • A rare condition or disease that affects less than 200,000 individuals in the U.S., as defined in federal law, and that is not adequately managed despite treatment attempts using conventional medications (other than opioids or opiates) or physical interventions
  • Pain lasting longer than two weeks that is not adequately managed, in the qualified medical provider’s opinion, despite treatment attempts using conventional medications other than opioids or opiates or physical interventions

How-To Steps for Getting an MMJ Card in Utah

1. Meet With a Qualified Physician and Get Evaluated

The first step to getting your Utah MMJ card is meeting with a qualified physician. The Utah Department of Health’s website has all of their qualified doctors listed, though  some choose not to have their name on the site. You can always call and inquire to see if your primary care physician is qualified or not. 

Once you’ve found the right doctor, you’ll have to undergo a proper evaluation to see if you qualify. These appointments can cost anywhere from $250 to $300, and they’re, unfortunately, not covered by insurance.  

2. Get a Recommendation and Apply Online

After you’ve been evaluated by a qualified physician, they will write you a recommendation and enter your information into a patient database. Then, it’s your turn to go to the Utah Department of Health's Medical Cannabis Progam website and apply for your card. 

3. Pay Your Fees

At this point, you’ll have to pay an additional $15 for your actual card, and then $5 every time you want to renew it. (Not too bad after the pricey doctor’s visit earlier.)

4. Get Your Card and Purchase Some Medical Cannabis

Finally, it’s time to receive your card. Your Utah MMJ card may take up to two weeks to arrive in the mail, and you cannot purchase medical cannabis until you have it physically. Be patient! It will arrive before you know it.

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