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Changes to Utah's medical marijuana system take effect Friday

Posted at 10:30 AM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-01 12:30:42-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The new year brings updates to Utah's medical marijuana system.

Beginning Friday, people in Utah will no longer be able to go out of state to buy marijuana product, which is already illegal under federal law.

Medical marijuana patients will need also need a card from the Utah Department of Health. The “affirmative defense” letters from doctors, which recommend cannabis for medical purposes, will no longer suffice.

The Utah Patients Coalition says about 60 to 70 percent of Utah's medical marijuana patients have acquired the new cards. Those without the required cards may have had trouble buying medical marijuana products Friday morning.

“That product also is illegal because they are no longer a medical cannabis patient unless they have the card,” said Desiree Hennessy, Executive Director, Utah Patients Coalition

A bill to make it easier to get a card will be considered in the 2021 legislative session this month.