A cultivation license is required to grow, possess, and sell cannabis to medical cannabis production establishments or medical cannabis dispensaries. The Department may issue up to 10 cultivation licenses. After January 1, 2022, the Department may issue up to 5 additional licenses if the Department determines it is necessary in order to provide an adequate supply, quality, or variety of medical cannabis to medical cannabiscard holders in Utah.
A $10,000 application fee is required with application submission. If a license is awarded, the successful cannabis cultivation facility will be required to pay a $100,000 licensing fee.
To see the entire solicitation and apply, prospective applicants must register as vendors through the SciQuest Portal. Applications will be accepted until July 1, 2019.
Utah Medical Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Timeline
May 3, 2019 – Emergency rules for the medical cannabis grower rule went into effect
May 15, 2019 – Medical cannabis growers rules published: 30 day comment period begins
May 31, 2019 – Request for Proposals period for Cannabis Cultivation Licenses open
June 5, 2019 – Public hearing on draft rules: 2:00-3:00 PM at 350 North Redwood Road. Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
June 14, 2019 – Public comment period ends on medical cannabis grower rules
June 21, 2019 – Earliest date the medical cannabis grower rules can go into effect
July 1, 2019 – Request for Proposals period for Cannabis Cultivation Licenses closes
July 15, 2019 – Earliest date to award Cannabis Cultivation Licenses
March 1, 2020 – The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) to issue medical cannabis cards to patients, register medical providers who wish to recommend medical cannabis treatment for their patients, and license medical cannabis pharmacies.
Applying for a Utah Cannabis Cultivation License? Draft Your Required Plans With Confidence
When faced with competitive applications, the Utah Department of Health will award licenses to the applicants who best demonstrate:
- experience with establishing and successfully operating a business that involves complying with a regulatory environment, tracking inventory, and training, evaluating and monitoring employees;
- an operating plan that will best ensure the safety and security of patrons and the community;
- positive connections to the local community; and
- the extent to which the applicant can reduce the cost of cannabis or cannabis products for patients.
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