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SB 259 - Authorizes Use of Medical Cannabis - Utah Key Vote


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Title: Authorizes Use of Medical Cannabis

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Vote to pass a bill that authorizes the use of medical cannabis.


  • Establishes a “Medical Cannabis Patient Card” that authorizes the holder to perform the following actions (Sec. 6):
    • Purchase cannabis, a cannabis product, or a cannabis device from a cannabis dispensary; and
    • Possess and consume no more than a 60 day supply of cannabis or cannabis products at any given time as prescribed by a physician for treatment.
  • Authorizes an individual to apply for a “Medical Cannabis Patient Card” if certain requirements are met, including, but not limited to, the following requirements (Sec. 3):
    • The individual is at least 18 years of age, or the parent or guardian of a minor, with a “qualifying illness;”
    • The individual provides a signed statement by a physician via the “Electronic Verification System” that the individual suffers from a “qualifying illness” and may benefit from cannabis treatment; and
    • The individual is a legal resident of Utah.
  • Defines “qualifying illness” as including, but is not limited to, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain (Sec. 2).
  • Establishes the “Electronic Verification System” to be used for certain duties, including, but not limited to, the following duties (Sec. 4):
    • Recording a physician’s recommendation for treatment with cannabis or cannabis products for an individual;
    • Recording an individual or the individual’s parent or guardian’s application for a Medical Cannabis Patient Card in the presence of a physician;
    • Recording the electronic deposit of funds by a card holder for the purchase of cannabis or cannabis products and the transfer of funds directly to a cannabis dispensary via the system; and
    • Recording the purchase of cannabis or cannabis products by a card holder in real time.