Utah Department of Health to lift the brakes on medical cannabis expansion

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A fresh announcement from the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) suggests that the division will focus its energy on expanding the state’s medical cannabis program sooner than initially planned. Last month, a news report from FOX 13 exposed the agency for missing a deadline to enact a law that was approved by the Utah State Legislature.  The expired law would have enabled health care workers, trained nurses and physicians to legally recommend medical cannabis to patients who qualify. Utah’s “limited medical provider” program was designed to be operational by this October. However, during mid-November, lawmakers were informed that, due to staffing and technological and staffing issues, the program’s official launch would be postponed until July 2022. Fortunately, the date has been pushed forward to January — a rule change that was confirmed during the state’s recent Cannabinoid Product Board meeting by UDOH’s cannabis program director. “That’s a critical change to the program we’re excited about to increase patient access,” Bureau Manager at Utah Department of Commerce, Rich Oborn, expressed to members of the board. Utah DOH prepared medical cannabis expansion plan to address a particular issue  An increasing number of patients who qualify to receive medical cannabis in Utah are still unable to do so. The main reason why is because the state currently lacks enough physicians who are inclined to provide patients with a medical cannabis prescription recommendation. Based on data published in an annual UDOH report, in excess of 40,700 patients across the state are currently in possession of a valid medical cannabis card. Meanwhile, just 810 people have registered as qualified medical providers (QMP). Should Utah’s expansion plan be rolled out sooner rather than later, an additional 16,000 healthcare providers could serve the swelling market. One major drawback is that, in order to gain “QMP” status, extensive…

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