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Report: Medical pot mostly accessible in Utah

25% of patients are still traveling out of state to get cannabis because of cost.

Farm Press Staff

April 23, 2024

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Most users of medical cannabis in Utah are able to find adequate and affordable supplies of the drug without having to travel out of state, according to a 2023 market analysis by the state Department of Agriculture and Food.

In all, 74.5% of patients don’t feel a need to leave the state, while 58% reported there was plenty of supply of medical cannabis products, according to a third-party reviewer, Cannabis Public Policy Consulting.

Utah’s medical cannabis patients pay less for medication, falling in the bottom 10 states for amount paid monthly on cannabis, according to the report.

“A market analysis is completed every year to evaluate whether or not the Utah Medical

Cannabis program is fulfilling its duty to ensure that medical cannabis patients have adequate access to the medicine they need,” said Brandon Forsyth, UDAF Director of Industrial Hemp and Medical Cannabis.

“I am proud to see that overall, patients are able to legally access their medication within the state at a reasonable cost compared to other medical cannabis markets,” he said. “However, we can clearly see that additional efforts are needed to bring more Utahns into the Medical Cannabis program from illicit sources.”

Cannabis is legal in Utah for medicinal purposes only. For information on the program there, visit medicalcannabis.utah.gov.

Source: Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

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