Medical Cannabis FAQs
1991 S 3600 W Salt Lake City, UT 84104
11am - 8pm Monday-Friday 12pm - 6pm Saturday & Sunday
1. Meet with a QMP
Meet in person with a qualified medical provider (QMP) to discuss if medical cannabis is right for you. Your QMP will perform an assessment and determine if your medical condition is one of the approved qualifying conditions and will benefit from medical cannabis treatment.
2. Get your recommendation letter and register in the state's Electronic Verification System (EVS)
Initially, your QMP may issue you a recommendation letter which will enable you to make your first purchase. Purchasing with your recommendation letter is limited to a single pharmacy, so it’s recommended that you start the process of getting your medical cannabis card immediately. Starting January 1, 2021 you’ll be required to obtain your medical cannabis card to make purchases.
To obtain your medical cannabis card, create a Utah ID account at id.utah.gov. Once you’re logged in you’ll see links to start your medical cannabis application.
After submitting your online application, your QMP will log in to the EVS and issue your recommendation, then you’ll return to the EVS to pay your application fee.
The Utah Department of Health will review your application to make sure all requirements are met. The review takes 15 days or less.
3. Schedule a consultation with a Beehive Pharmacist
First-time patients are required to schedule a consultation with one of our pharmacists. We’ll answer any questions and help you select the best cannabis products and consumption methods to achieve your individual treatment goals. You can choose to do the consultation in-person at our pharmacy or via video conference before coming in. You can schedule your consultation here.
4. Make your first purchase
Visit our pharmacy at 1991 S 3600 W in Salt Lake City, UT to make your first purchase. You’ll need to bring a valid form of photo ID, such as a driver’s license, with you.
More detailed instructions can be found on the state’s medical cannabis site.
Individuals with the following conditions are authorized under the Utah Medical Cannabis Act to receive a medical cannabis patient card:
1. HIV or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
2. Alzheimer’s disease
3. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
6. Persistent nausea that is not significantly responsive to traditional treatment except for nausea related to: pregnancy, cannabis-induced cyclical vomiting syndrome, or CBD hyperemesis syndrome
7. Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
8. Epilepsy or debilitating seizures
9. Multiple sclerosis or debilitating muscle spasms
10. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that is being treated and monitored by a mental health therapist and that: has been diagnosed by a health care provider or mental health provider by the VA and documented in the patient’s record; or has been diagnosed or confirmed by evaluation by a psychiatrist, doctorate psychologist, a doctorate licensed clinical social worker, or a psych APRN
12. Terminal illness when the patient’s remaining life expectancy is less than 6 months
13. Condition resulting in the individual receiving hospice care
14. Rare condition or disease that affects less than 200,000 individuals in the U.S., as defined in federal law and this is not adequately managed despite treatment attempts using conventional medications (other than opioids or opiates) or physical interventions
15. Pain lasting longer than two weeks that is not adequately managed, in the qualified medical provider’s opinion, despite treatment attempts using conventional medications other than opioids or opiates or physical interventions
16. If a patient does not have a qualifying condition specifically named, they may petition the Compassionate Use Board for approval of their medical cannabis card.
More information can be found in the state's fact sheet.
If you are a medical card holder you are free to shop at any pharmacy. Patients who only have a recommendation letter are limited to registering their letter and shopping with only one pharmacy. We highly encourage all patients to pursue their medical card application. Instructions can be found on the state's website here.
All first time patients, whether you have a letter or a medical cannabis card, are strongly encouraged to visit our Patient Registration page to become a patient. State law requires that you have a consultation with a pharmacist to discuss possible drug interactions with other pharmaceutical prescriptions you might be taking. This consultation is important to educate patients on the benefits of different dosage forms of medical cannabis allowed in the state of Utah.
Yes, a letter of recommendation will allow you to legally PURCHASE medical cannabis in the state of Utah until the end of 2020.
With the medical cannabis program starting on March 1, there has been a limited supply of products available but we have the following products available:
· Unprocessed Cannabis Flower
· Concentrated Oil Vape Cartridges
· Topical creams
· Gelatinous Cubes (other edible products such as chocolate, cookies, brownies, and candies are not permitted under Utah Code 26-61a-102 (32).)
You can expect the following products available in the future:
· Concentrated oils (live resin, RSO, hash, wax)
· Transdermal patches
Smoking of cannabis is not permitted but patients may purchase a medical cannabis device that warms cannabis material into a vapor without the use of a flame and delivers cannabis to an individual’s respiratory system.
Medical Cannabis Products We will always do our best to suggest products that may help you with your medical condition and we always stand behind our products. However, there is no return or exchange for medical cannabis flower, tinctures, topicals, concentrates or edibles as they are still considered controlled substances. We can only exchange products if they are defective or damaged*. If you ever have a question regarding a return, please reach out to us via email or phone. *All accepted returns/exchanges are subject to manager approval
Utah’s program is focused on medical patients. It takes some time to receive a medical card from a QMP and meet with a pharmacist. After you complete those steps, your purchasing experience may be typical to visiting a store in CA or CO although our Pharmacy Technicians will focus their attention on addressing your medical needs. Unlike CA or CO, cultivators and processors are limited and we only purchase products grown or manufactured in Utah. The supply chain needs time to develop. This impacts product availability and price to patients. We are committed to continue to develop the Utah market and make the purchasing process as seamless and affordable as possible.