Qualifying Conditions

Are you a patient and wondering if you qualify for medical cannabis? Here is a list of qualifying conditions:

  • HIV or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • cancer
  • cachexia
  • persistent nausea that is not significantly responsive to traditional treatment, except for nausea related to:
    • pregnancy
    • cannabis-induced cyclical vomiting syndrome
    • cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • epilepsy or debilitating seizures
  • multiple sclerosis or persistent and debilitating muscle spasms
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that is being treated and monitored by a licensed health therapist (defined here), and that:
    • has been diagnosed by a healthcare provider by the Veterans Administration and documented in the patient’s record; or
    • has been diagnosed or confirmed by evaluation from a psychiatrist, masters prepared psychologist, a masters prepared licensed clinical social worker, or a psychiatric APRN
  • autism
  • a terminal illness when the patient’s life expectancy is less than six months
  • a condition resulting in the individual receiving hospice care
  • a rare condition or disease that affects less than 200,000 individuals in the U.S., as defined in federal law, and that is not adequately managed despite treatment attempts using conventional medications (other than opioids or opiates) or physical interventions
  • pain lasting longer than two weeks that is not adequately managed, in the qualified medical provider’s opinion, despite treatment attempts using conventional medications other than opioids or opiates or physical interventions

Note: Patients with medical conditions not listed in the law may petition the Compassionate Use Board for a medical cannabis card, which will review complete petitions and recommend eligibility on a case-by-case basis. LMPs are unable to submit to the Compassionate Use Board.

How To Get a Medical Cannabis Card

How to apply for a medical cannabis card in Utah

  • Find a medical provider who is registered to recommend cannabis
  • Meet with a provider in person for the initial visit
  • Create a Utah ID/ EVS account here.
  • After creating a Utah ID account, a profile should say “awaiting certification.” This means the medical provider will enter a certification and recommendation  
  • Pay the medical cannabis card fee online by returning to Utah ID account. Card fees are $15 for the initial and $15 for renewal (every six months)
    • PLEASE NOTE: This does not include the QMP fee, which averages between $200 – $225 for the initial visit and between $100 – $175 for renewal.
  • Receive your medical cannabis card in the mail. This should take about 15 days or less from the date the application is submitted for most patients, but for minors or patients without a qualifying condition, this could take up to 90 days.
  • Purchase medical cannabis from a local dispensary. To find a dispensary close to you, see here [go to map with dispensaries]
    • NOTE: Be sure to bring both your medical cannabis card and your ID to the dispensary. You will need both to make a purchase.
Renew your Medical Cannabis Card

How to Renew your Medical Cannabis Card

  1. Log in to the EVS and navigate to your patient profile.
    • Hover over “Tracking Inbox” in the top left-hand corner of your screen and click “Patient” (not New Patient).
    • Click on your name.
    • Scroll to the bottom of the Patient page and click the blue ‘Save and Submit Registration’ button.
    • Your status will change to ‘Awaiting Certification.’
    • Your designated QMP must now enter a new certification for you.
    • Contact your QMP and inform them that you are awaiting their renewal of your certification.
  2. Contact your medical provider and inform them that you are awaiting renewal of the certification in the EVS.
  3. After your medical provider has renewed your certification, your status in the EVS will change to ‘Awaiting Payment.’ You may now pay for your renewal online using the steps below:.
    • Log in to the EVS and navigate to your patient profile.
    • Hover over “Tracking Inbox” in the top left-hand corner of your screen and click “Patient” (not New Patient).
    • Click your name.
    • Click the gray ‘Payment’ tab (below the blue status bar and above your information). Note: Make sure your browser’s pop-up blockers are disabled.
    • Click ‘+NEW,’ then ‘CLICK HERE TO MAKE A PAYMENT” 

A new window will open.

  • Enter your payment information and submit.
  • Once you receive a confirmation, you will be automatically redirected back to the EVS.
  • Hover over “Tracking Inbox” in the top left-hand corner of your screen and click “Patient” (not New Patient).
  • Click your name.
  • View your profile, where your status will have changed to ‘Renewal Completed’ or ‘Awaiting State Review.’
  • If your status is ‘Renewal Completed’ you are finished. You may continue to use your current card until its expiration date. 

NOTE: You may complete the renewal process 30 days prior to your card’s expiration date, but you will not be issued or able to print your updated card until after your previous card has expired.

What is a QMP?

What is a QMP and how can I find one?

  • A QMP is a qualified medical provider that are state-approved medical professional that may recommend cannabis to their patients for a qualifying condition.   
  • Here is a list of QMPs on the UDOH website. 
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NOTE: This list is not inclusive of all QMPs in the state.  

https://medicalcannabis.utah.gov/patients/locate-a-provider/

What is a Caregiver Card?

What is a Caregiver Card?

  • Caregiver Cards are issued to caregivers of medical cannabis patients who are unable to go to a dispensary to get their medication, so a patient designates their caregiver to pick up the medicine for them
How to Apply for a Caregiver Card

How to Apply for a Caregiver Card

*NOTE: The patient must first have an active medical cannabis card in order to register someone as their caregiver.

  1. Login to evs.utah.gov and navigate to the “Caregivers” section of their existing EVS application. Once the patient hits “+New Caregiver” and adds the new caregiver’s information, they’ll save and submit the application. This will trigger an email to send to the caregiver listed with additional instructions.
  2. If they haven’t already done so, the person designated as caregiver must first create a UtahID account by going here.
  3. After creating a UtahID account, click “Caregiver Registration” and complete the application, then hit “Register.”
  4. Pay the medical cannabis card application fee online in the EVS.
    1. Fees for a caregiver card are $68.25 for the primary initial patient fee and $15 for a second patient. Primary patient renewals are $14.
  5. After payment, the Department will contact caregivers via the email registered with EVS to begin the background check process.
  6. Once the caregiver’s background check is cleared, the application should be completed within 15 days or less.
  7. Caregiver will receive their card via email, which can then be printed out.To purchase medical cannabis, a caregiver must bring their medical cannabis card and a valid form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license, with them to the dispensary.
What is a Non-Resident Card?

What is a Non-Resident Card?

Non-Utah Resident Cards are temporary medical cannabis cards issued to out-of-state visitors who are medical cannabis card holders in their home state. The card allows them to access Utah dispensaries while visiting the state. The cards are good for 21 days at a time, and patients may be issued two 21-day cards per calendar year.These cards are available ONLY to patients who are diagnosed with a qualifying condition as determined by Utah law:

How to Apply for a Non-Resident Card

How to Apply for a Non-Resident Card

1. Create an account with the UtahID system at evs.utah.gov.

2. On the registration screen, select registration type “Non-Utah Resident”
and ensure all other required fields are completed.

3. From the home page, hover over “Tracking Inbox” and then Patient -> New
Patient

4. This will open your patient registration record. Select applicant type “I am
applying for myself” or “I am applying for my minor child.” Complete all
required fields in the Patient Information and Patient Proof of Identity section.

5. Use the blue “browse” button to upload a copy of your current out-of-state
Medical Cannabis patient card.

7. Click “save” at the bottom left of the screen.
*NOTE: If you receive any validation errors for
incomplete fields, you’ll need to re-upload your cannabis card copy.

8. When the screen has saved correctly your card will be in status “Awaiting
Payment.”

9. Click the Payment tab to enter a credit card payment

10. Click the blue “click here to pay” button. This will prompt your browser to
open a new payment window.
*NOTE: If the window does not open, your browser’s pop-up blocker is interfering and must be turned off.

11. Follow the payment instructions on the Utah GOVPAY payment screens.
When your payment has completed successfully it will return you to the
Payment listing in your EVS account. Use the blue Patient link in the
breadcrumb trail to return to your patient information and confirm your
updated status.

12. Your status will now be “Awaiting State Review.” An approver with the
Medical Cannabis program will review the Non-Resident application and
whenever possible, we will activate your card on your requested activation
date. When your card has been approved, you will receive an email with a
copy of your card to print or download to your phone.

Other Important Resources
UDOH Patient Application User Guide
UtahID/ Electronic Verification System (EVS) website

Utah Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Utah Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Just got your card and wondering where to get your medicine? CLICK HERE for a list and map of all the cannabis dispensaries in Utah listed by city from north to south. Find the one closest to you and pick up your order today!