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Cannabis Research Review Board Information

The Cannabis Research Review Board (CRRB) is the result of the Cannabinoid Research Act, (H.B. 130) that was passed and was signed into law during the 2017 Utah General Legislative Session. During the 2018 Utah General Legislative Session, amendments (H.B. 25) were made to Cannabinoid Research Act as follows:

  1. The composition of the CRRB was modified from three board members being members of the Controlled Substance Advisory Committee to one; and
  2. The duties of the CRRB were broadened to include review of research regarding “expanded cannabinoid products” which includes cannabinoid products with significant tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content.

The Cannabinoid Research Act directs the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) to form and facilitate the CRRB. As stated in the legislation, the purpose of the CRRB is to review available research related to the human use of cannabinoid products. Specifically, the CRRB evaluates the safety and efficacy of cannabinoid products and expanded cannabinoid products in terms of: 1) medical conditions that respond to cannabinoid products; 2) dosage amounts and their medical forms; and 3) interactions between cannabinoid products, expanded cannabinoid products, and other treatments. The CRRB may only review research that has been approved by an Institutional Review Board, or approved/conducted by the federal government.

From this research, the CRRB is directed to develop prescribing guidelines that may potentially be used by qualified medical providers recommending cannabinoid products to their patients. The CRRB is directed to report the findings of their evaluation in writing to the Health and Human Services Interim Committee before November 1st of each year.


  • Katherine Carlson, M.D., M.S.
  • Addiction Psychiatrist Medical Director, Project Reality Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Services

  • Perry G. Fine, M.D. (Board Chair)
  • Professor of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Utah

  • Matthew S. McIff, M.D.
  • Family Medicine Physician

  • Michael Moss, M.D.
  • Medical Director, Utah Poison Control, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Utah

  • Jennifer L. Norris, M.D.
  • Internal Medicine Physician

  • Misty D. Smith, Ph.D.
  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, University of Utah

  • Brian Keith Zehnder, M.D.
  • Medical Director, Exodus Healthcare Network, PLLC Past member of the Utah State Legislature

The information provided in the following documents is intended to help patients in Utah and Utah health care professionals to make well-informed decisions to improve the quality of health care outcomes in patients using medical cannabis through the Utah Medical Cannabis Program. The use of medical cannabis is at one’s own risk and the use of medical cannabis is not considered first-line therapy for most medical conditions. The Utah Department of Health and the Center for Medical Cannabis highly advise that patients consult with their physician on using medical cannabis as a medical treatment. Documents provided on this website discuss warnings and risks related to the use of cannabis and as such, patrons using these documents are advised to use documents listed here as informational and educational only. We advise that patrons who are minors using medical cannabis also understand and refer to official policy statements and positions posted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (2004 Policy and an updated 2015 Policy).