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Medical Marijuana in Utah: Is it Legal?

Published on February 22, 2016 • Last updated March 1, 2023 by Ken Christensen
Topics: Current Events


Recently, proposed changes to medical marijuana policy in Utah made headlines. The two different laws that could possibly take effect in the state represent two very different approaches to legalized weed.

The positive effects of some of marijuana’s contents are acknowledged by the Food & Drug Administration, but many questions remain — how should it be consumed? How should it be distributed?

Read on to learn some of the facts about medical marijuana in Utah.

Does Medical Marijuana Even Work?

Public opinion about medical marijuana is understandably mixed. Many people are skeptical about the drug’s potential as a medicine. However, there are two FDA-approved medications that contain THC — the chemical in marijuana that makes you “high.”

  • Dronabinol
    • This medicine is used to treat symptoms of serious diseases like cancer and AIDS.
    • It mainly helps to control persistent problems with nausea, vomiting, and appetite.
  • Nabilone
    • This medicine is similar to Dronabinol in use and purpose.
    • It is mainly used to treat side effects of chemotherapy.

The dosage and contents of these medicines are carefully controlled. Even though they contain THC, they are not intended to make you high.

One of the negative side effects of recreational marijuana use is breathing problems caused by smoke. These medicines, however, come in pill form and are not smoked.

These medicines can be helpful and are FDA-approved, but they are not perfect. You should always consult carefully with a doctor before beginning any treatment with prescription medication.

Medical Marijuana in Utah

The debate surrounding medical marijuana in Utah is about other, non-FDA-approved forms of the drug. Essentially, it comes down to THC: should it be allowed or not? One possible policy change says no, and the other says yes. Here’s a quick breakdown of the two sides:

  • Legalize Cannabidiol (Medical Marijuana with No THC), but Nothing Else
    • Cannabidiol is a form of marijuana with very low levels of THC.
    • It is legal to use in Utah only as a treatment for epilepsy. It must be purchased out-of-state.
    • The new policy would legalize the prescription, sale, and use of cannabidiol in Utah. It would also allow more people access to the drug.
  • Legalize Forms of Medical Marijuana with and without THC
    • The amount of conditions treatable by medical marijuana would increase dramatically.
    • The drugs would be heavily regulated and tracked by the government.
    • Veterans would be able to use it to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

It is very possible that both plans could pass. Becoming educated on the issue of medical marijuana in Utah may help you make important decisions about your health.

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