How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Utah
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Once seen by a Utah Medical Marijuana Physician you will register as a patient with the state of Utah. After registration & the $15 card issuing fee are submitted you will receive your Medical Marijuana Card in an email.
What is a QMP?
A QMP is a medical professional that has been certified by the state to recommend medical marijuana for their patients. In order to become a QMP, doctors must meet certain requirements and be able to document that they can properly treat their patients with cannabis.
Medical marijuana can be used to treat many different conditions, including chronic pain, cancer, PTSD, anxiety, and inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s and fibromyalgia. There is also research that suggests that marijuana can help with sleep disorders and nausea.
Despite this, there is still more work to be done in order to find out all the ways that marijuana can be beneficial for people. Research is also ongoing to determine how best to use the plant as medicine. For example, some doctors are using cannabis as a treatment for pain that is not responding to opioids. This can help reduce side effects and increase patient comfort.
How do I get a QMP?
If you’re considering medical marijuana in Utah, your first step will be to meet with a Qualified Medical Provider (QMP) who can evaluate and assess your condition. QMPs can be regular MDs, osteopathic physicians, advanced practice registered nurses or physician assistants who are licensed by the state of Utah.
Once your QMP approves you, the next step will be to pay the state fee online via EVS. You’ll then receive an email from UDOH confirming your approval. There are four types of cards: patient, guardian, provisional, and caregiver.
It’s important to note that although local and state government employees who hold a medical marijuana card are protected from being fired for using cannabis, private employers do not have that same protection. It’s also worth noting that you can be charged with a DUI if you’re driving under the influence of cannabis, and you’ll likely lose your job if your employer finds out you use cannabis.
How do I apply for a QMP?
The first step in the process is to visit your medical provider and request a recommendation for medical marijuana. Each patient and circumstance is unique, so all requests are evaluated on a case by case basis. You should also bring a valid state ID or driver’s license.
Once you have met with your QMP, they will complete their portion of the online application in Utah’s Electronic Verification System (EVS). Then, you will log back into EVS and pay your $15 application fee. Once that is complete, UDOH will review the application and email you your digital Medical Marijuana Card which you can print or save to your phone.
Patients with a card can purchase cannabis products at licensed dispensaries that meet specific quality and safety standards. Those with a medical cannabis guardian or provisional patient card can also designate up to two individuals or facilities to serve as their designated caregivers. However, possession of marijuana without a card is illegal in the state of Utah.
How do I get a card?
You can qualify for a medical marijuana card in Utah if you have a medical condition that has not responded to treatment with traditional medicines. Some conditions that may qualify include chronic pain, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, and seizures. You should talk to your healthcare provider and discuss whether or not medical marijuana is right for you.
The first step in getting a medical marijuana card is to schedule an appointment with a qualified healthcare professional, known as a QMP. A list of registered providers is available on the UDOH website.
Once you have been seen by a QMP, you can fill out an application on the UDOH’s EVS system. Once you submit your registration and pay the $15 card-issuing fee, UDOH will email you a digital Medical Marijuana Card. Patients are required to renew their cards every six months or a year, depending on their doctor’s recommendation. However, recent legislation has allowed for one-year cards, if the patient’s doctor feels that this is appropriate.