Utah Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Amendments into Law
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Utah Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Amendments into Law

The amendments, approved during a special session of the state legislature, eliminated state-run dispensaries and increased the number of private cannabis pharmacy licenses.

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September 24, 2019

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed the state’s revised medical cannabis law, which lawmakers approved Sept. 16 during a special session of the legislature.

The amendments to the law eliminated Utah’s original plan for state-run dispensaries, instead taking the traditional route of licensing private businesses for cannabis sales. The revised law also increases the number of “cannabis pharmacy” licenses to 14, and the state's medical dispensaries will be spread evenly across geographic areas. Home delivery will also be allowed under the new regulations, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Lawmakers said the emergency fixes to Utah’s medical cannabis law were needed in order to launch sales by March 2020, the news outlet reported. The amendments take effect immediately with Herbert’s signature.