General Information

Cannabinoid Product Board Information

The Cannabinoid Product Board (CPB) 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 CPB was modified from three board members being members of the Controlled Substance Advisory Committee to one; and
  2. The duties of the CPB 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 CPB. As stated in the legislation, the purpose of the CPB is to review available research related to the human use of cannabinoid products. Specifically, the CPB 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 CPB may only review research that has been approved by an Institutional Review Board, or approved/conducted by the federal government.

From this research, the CPB is directed to develop prescribing guidelines that may potentially be used by qualified medical providers recommending cannabinoid products to their patients. The CPB 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

Lauren J. Heath, Pharm.D., M.S., B.C.A.C.P.

Assistant Professor (Clinical), Department of Pharmacotherapy, University of Utah College of Pharmacy

Matthew S. McIff, M.D.

Family Medicine Physician

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