Provider FAQ

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) has a list of medical providers who have registered with the UDOH as Qualified Medical Providers (QMPs). This list only includes those QMPs who have authorized the UDOH to post their name, specialty, and contact information on the UDOH website. Participation in the medical cannabis program as a medical provider is voluntary and some providers will not choose to become QMPs. If your current provider will not be participating in the program, you may choose to consult with other providers covered by your health insurance about their registration status or talk to your provider about seeing a QMP that they recommend.

Yes. It is legal under Utah law for anyone to purchase and possess hemp extract, or CBD oil if it contains less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These products must be registered with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.

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Patient Cards: Patients 18 years of age and older.

Guardian Cards: Parents or legal guardians of minors who are eligible to consume medical cannabis. These cards are issued in conjunction with provisional patient cards.

Provisional Patient Cards: Minors under the age of 18 who meet the eligibility requirements to consume medical cannabis. These are issued in conjunction with guardian cards. All provisional patient cards must have approval from the Compassionate Use Board.

Caregiver Cards: Adults 21 years of age and older who care for patient cardholders who are unable to procure or consume medical cannabis on their own. Caregivers must be designated by the patient cardholders they will be assisting.

Non-Utah Resident Cards: Patients with a Utah Qualifying Condition that hold a cannabis card from another state may apply for a temporary card while visiting Utah.

The following fees apply to medical cannabis cards:

  • Patient Card (initial): $15
  • Patient Card (first 30-day renewal): $5
  • Patient Card (six-month renewal): $15
  • Guardian Card (initial): $68.25
  • Guardian Card (six-month renewal): $24
  • Caregiver Card (initial): $68.25
  • Caregiver Card (six-month renewal): $14
  • Non-Utah Resident Card (initial & renewal): $15

Qualified medical providers (QMPs) may submit directions for use and dosing guidelines for their patients in the electronic verification system (EVS) or they may leave those up to the pharmacy medical provider at the medical cannabis pharmacy to determine.

The Compassionate Use Board is responsible to review all card applications from patients under the age of 21 and patients with conditions not listed in the statute. These patients must submit medical cannabis card application, petition the Board, and be approved by the Board and the Utah Department of Health before a medical cannabis card can be issued. The Board consists of seven providers who meet to review applications for medical cannabis cards on a case-by-case basis.

Utah cardholders can only purchase medical cannabis from one of the Utah Department of Health’s contracted pharmacies. Home delivery options may be available at select locations check the pharmacy’s website for participation.

Only in very rare cases does the Utah Department of Health have the authority to release information about whether an individual holds a medical cannabis card without first obtaining written consent from the medical cannabis cardholder.  Here are some examples of the rare cases when the department is authorized to release identifiable information about a cardholder without the department obtaining written consent from the cardholder:
 
  • 1. Utah Code 26-61a-103 (4) provides that all Utah-licensed physicians, APRNs, Podiatrists, and PAs may access information about a cardholder if the cardholder is a patient the prescribing provider treats.
  • 2. Utah Code 26-61a-103 (2)(g) provides that state and local law enforcement may verify if an individual holds a medical cannabis card during a law enforcement encounter.  If state and local law enforcement wants to verify the medical cannabis card of an individual at a time other than during a law enforcement encounter, they must first obtain a warrant from a court judge for that information.  If state or local law enforcement wants a cardholder’s medical cannabis product purchase history, they must first obtain a warrant from a court judge for that information.
  • 3. Utah Code 26-61a-103 (5) provides that the department may release limited data collected about cardholders for the purpose of conducting medical and other department-approved research. In the future, it is possible that medical researchers from an accredited university may obtain approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to conduct medical research.  In these cases, only limited data about cardholders would be released.
 
The Utah Department of Health is careful to ensure the protection of cardholder information. In the rare cases when it is legal to release the data, the department requires that the users of the cardholder information comply with strict standards to ensure its protection and to ensure its use is limited to the purpose for which it was released.
 
 

If you wish to withdraw your consent for your information to be used for external research, please email medicalcannabis@utah.gov to opt-out.

The requirements to become a medical provider who may recommend patients for a medical cannabis card include:

  1. Be a Utah-licensed medical doctor (MD), osteopathic physician (DO), advanced practice registered nurse (ARPN), doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), or physician assistant (PA) with a Utah controlled substance license;
  2. Complete at least 4 hours of department-approved education on medical cannabis;
  3. Submit an application to the Utah Department of Health (UDOH); and
  4. Pay a $100 application fee to the UDOH.

To keep their registration active, a QMP must renew their registration every two years from the date they first registered. To be eligible for renewal, the provider must complete another four hours of department-approved education on medical cannabis. The renewal fee is $50.

The application process takes less than 15 days. When an application is approved, a QMP will be sent an email and they can begin completing recommendations for patients applying for medical cannabis cards as soon as they receive the email.

Yes. A QMP may not recommend medical cannabis treatment to more than 275 of the QMP’s patients at one time, or to more than 600 patients if the QMP is certified by the appropriate American medical board in anesthesiology, neurology, oncology, pain, hospice, and palliative medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, endocrinology, rheumatology, or psychiatry or if a licensed business employs or contracts the QMP for the specific purpose of providing hospice and palliative care.

A QMP may not advertise that the QMP recommends medical cannabis treatment except a QMP may communicate the following through a website:

  1. a green cross;
  2. a qualifying condition that the QMP treats; and
  3. a scientific study regarding medical cannabis use.

A QMP may not:

  1. act as a medical cannabis pharmacy agent;
  2. have a financial or voting interest of 2% or greater in a medical cannabis pharmacy;
  3. have the power to direct or cause the management or control of a medical cannabis pharmacy; or
  4. receive any compensation or benefit for the qualified medical provider’s medical cannabis treatment recommendation from a:
    • cannabis production establishment or an owner, officer, director, board member, employee, or agent of a cannabis production establishment;
    • medical cannabis pharmacy or an owner, officer, director, board member, employee, or agent of a medical cannabis pharmacy; or
    • qualified medical provider or pharmacy medical provider.

Yes. In these cases, a patient may submit a petition for a medical cannabis card to the Compassionate Use Board that must include information from their QMP. The Board reviews the petition and makes a recommendation (approve, disapprove, require more information) to the Department of Health within 90 days from the date the application was complete.

A QMP must first establish a physician-patient relationship during at least one in-person appointment with the patient. During an appointment, the QMP must complete and document in the patient’s medical record a thorough assessment of the patient’s condition and medical history based on the appropriate standard of care for the patient’s condition.

To recommend a medical cannabis card to a patient, a QMP must also:

  1. verify the patient’s and, for a minor patient, the minor patient’s parent or legal guardian’s valid form of identification;
  2. review any record related to the patient and, for a minor patient, the patient’s parent or legal guardian in the state medical cannabis electronic verification system (EVS); and the controlled substance database;
  3. consider the recommendation in light of the patient’s qualifying condition and history of medical cannabis and controlled substance use; and
  4. enter an electronic certification in the EVS.

No, per the Utah medical statute in order to qualify for a medical cannabis card a patient must have at least one face-to-face visit with the QMP.

The PIN is located in the EVS within the QMP tab below your email address. Your PIN is a 4 digit, non-repeating number that you chose for registration. You also use the PIN to make recommendations in the EVS.

*Updated 7/16/2021