medical cannabis

Deseret Wellness

 Medical cannabis card holders near Park City will now have access to a local dispensary after the grand opening of the Wasatch Back’s only medical marijuana pharmacy.  

After overcoming a number of hurdles with construction and the pandemic, Deseret Wellness opened their doors on Kearns Boulevard to the public Thursday. 

Jeremy Sumerix, marketing president of the dispensary, said after their ribbon cutting event earlier this month, they saw their first customer Thursday morning. 

Utah State Capitol
KPCW Radio

In anticipation of the March 1 rollout of the state’s medical cannabis program, Sen. Evan Vickers is sponsoring last-minute changes to the law. Senate Bill 121 would make several amendments to the Utah Medical Cannabis Act, which the legislature approved in December 2018, shortly after Utah voters approved a medical cannabis program through the Proposition 2 ballot initiative.


Utah Department of Health

By March, the state of Utah is scheduled to open the first of 14 dispensaries for Medical Marijuana.   

But local lawyer Alex Natt says that while the state’s Medical Cannabis system has been legalized, it’s not quite up and running.   

In December the state legislature authorized the Utah Medical Cannabis Act, responding to the ballot initiative that approved the use of the substance.

Utah Department of Health

The Utah Department of Health announced the companies that have been awarded medical cannabis pharmacy licenses. 

The State Health Department awarded 10 companies 14 licenses, with four of the business having two licenses each. One of those is Deseret Wellness, which has a license for a location in Provo and one in Summit County within the Snyderville Basin Planning District. That facility is set to be located at 4554 Forestdale Dr., off Highway 40 past Home Depot.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert issued a call for a special session of the State Legislature Thursday, to amend Utah’s medical cannabis law. 

The special session is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 16. In a press release from the governor’s office, Gov. Gary Herbert says taking the state-run, central fill pharmacy out of the equation will help ensure patients have access to medical cannabis by March 2020, the deadline set during a December 2018 special session when the legislature overrode the Proposition 2 medical cannabis ballot initiative.

The Utah Legislature called a special session last December to replace the voter-approved medical marijuana law with new legislation. Now, there could be additional changes in yet another special session for lawmakers.

After legislators replaced the medical cannabis ballot initiative with a different law in December 2018, members of a patient advocacy group launched a lawsuit against the state, calling its actions unconstitutional. The organization, Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education, or TRUCE, has been collecting money for the lawsuit through a GoFundMe. TRUCE’s fundraising efforts continue this Saturday, with a casino night at O.P. Rockwell in Park City.