Guardians with Minor Patients

Do you have a letter from your provider? Click here to learn more about how you may qualify to purchase medical cannabis in Utah until December 31, 2020.


MEDICAL CANNABIS CARD APPLICATION PROCESS

Medical cannabis guardian cards are issued simultaneously with provisional patient cards (cards for those patients younger than 18). UDOH is now accepting applications for guardian and provisional patient cards online. Please review the following outline that describes the card application process:

1. Locate a medical provider who is registered to recommend medical cannabis

To purchase medical cannabis from a medical cannabis pharmacy in Utah, a patient must be seen by a medical provider who is registered by the UDOH to recommend medical cannabis. Medical providers registered by the UDOH to recommend medical cannabis in Utah are known as qualified medical providers (QMPs). If a patient’s medical provider is not registered with the UDOH as a QMP and a guardian is unable to locate one who is, a list of registered QMPs who have authorized the UDOH to post their information can be found here. If a patient’s medical provider would like to register with the UDOH as a QMP, the QMP registration requirements and application can be found here.

2. Meet with a QMP

To qualify for a medical cannabis card, a patient must meet in-person with a QMP. During your visit, a QMP must complete a thorough assessment of the patient’s condition and medical history and document it in the patient’s record. The in-person visit between a medical provider and a patient could happen before or after the medical provider becomes registered as a QMP with the UDOH. Do not start your application online until immediately before or after your QMP appointment.

3. Review the EVS user guide and apply online for a medical cannabis card

A patient’s guardian may now go online in the electronic verification system (EVS) and begin the medical cannabis card application process.

All guardians must first have a Utah ID in order to access the EVS. A Utah ID account can be made by going to id.utah.gov. For Utah ID creation instructions, click here.

The EVS Guardian/Provisional Patient Application Guide can be found here.

4. After a guardian creates a profile for themselves and their minor patient in the EVS, a patient’s QMP goes online and issues a recommendation

Once a patient has initiated their application online, their QMP must log in online to the EVS and complete their section of the patient’s application, which includes the recommendation for medical cannabis treatment.

5. Upload information for the Compassionate Use Board Petition online

After a patient’s QMP has issued a recommendation for medical cannabis, the patient’s guardian returns to the EVS and uploads information for the Compassionate Use Board Petition.

The Compassionate Use Board Petition form is available here.

(Updated 4/8/20)

The EVS Guardian/Provisional Patient Application User Guide can be found here.

6. Pay medical cannabis card application fee online

The patient’s guardian returns to their profile in the EVS and pays their medical cannabis card application fee online.

Medical cannabis card fees:

  • Guardian and Provisional Patient Cards (initial): $68.25
  • Guardian and Provisional Patient Cards (first 90-day renewal): $5
  • Guardian and Provisional Patient Cards (six-month renewal): $24
  • Secondary Guardian and Provisional Patient Cards (initial): $15
  • Secondary Guardian and Provisional Patient Cards (first 90-day renewal): $5
  • Secondary Guardian and Provisional Patient Cards (six-month renewal): $15

7.  Guardian completes background check forms

After payment, the Department of Health will contact guardians using the email submitted they have submitted in the EVS to begin the background check process.

Please note that all applications will be complete and enter “awaiting state review” status after a guardian has returned the background check forms to the Department of Health.

Please contact us with questions about the background check process.

8. UDOH reviews medical cannabis card application 

The UDOH will review the medical cannabis guardian card application and confirm whether all requirements have been met. For minor patients younger than age 18, the application review process will be completed 90 days or less from the date their guardian’s background check has cleared, as these applications must be reviewed by the Compassionate Use Board.

Guardians will receive an email regarding the status of their Compassionate Use Board petition.

9. Receive medical cannabis card

If all requirements have been met, the UDOH will issue the medical cannabis guardian card and the provisional patient card. The patient’s guardian will receive both their card and their minor’s provisional patient card via email. The patient’s guardian can then save the cards on their smartphone or print them out.

10. Purchase medical cannabis from a medical cannabis pharmacy

Once a medical cannabis card is issued by the UDOH, a patient’s guardian is ready to purchase product from a medical cannabis pharmacy. To purchase medical cannabis, a patient’s guardian must bring their medical cannabis card and a valid form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license, with them to the pharmacy.

A list of Utah’s 14 medical cannabis pharmacies is posted here. Please note that there may be only one or two pharmacies open in March 2020. At least 8 pharmacies plan to open by June 30, 2020 and an additional 6 plan to open on or after July 1, 2020.