Another chapter in the ongoing struggle over medical marijuana in Utah has just been slammed shut. This week, the Utah Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit filed against the state by a medical marijuana advocacy group. Specifically, the suit challenged the Utah legislature’s decision to replace a voter-approved medical... Read more
First, it was approved by Utah voters. Then, it was advanced by lawmakers. But there are still plenty of concerns surrounding the state’s new medical marijuana law, prompting legislators there to consider tweaks before the program is fully implemented.  Several counties in Utah have expressed concerns about distributing medical... Read more
A potentially explosive report detailing the distribution of pharmaceutical opiates reveals a disturbing connection between Utah’s anti-medical cannabis movement and the pharmaceutical industry. Specifically, one of the state’s leading anti-legalization policymakers is also one of the state’s biggest seller of opiates. The revelation has sparked outrage among medical marijuana... Read more
Competition to grow medical marijuana in Utah heats up
The wide metal barn on the Utah alfalfa farm owned by Russell and Diane Jones will host their youngest son’s wedding next month. By September, they hope the structure will be full of marijuana plants. The Joneses are fourth-generation farmers, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day... Read more
Utah lawmakers approved a controversial medical marijuana bill in a special session Dec. 3, 2018. There’s your final vote on the medical marijuana “compromise.” #utpol — Robert Gehrke (@RobertGehrke) December 3, 2018 During the Nov. 6, 2018, election, Utah voters passed a separate medical cannabis initiative, Proposition 2,... Read more
Utah is allowing only 10 cannabis farms. Will that be enough to supply the state’s new medical marijuana program?
If the cannabis industry perfectly complied with Utah’s expectations, it would grow 84,292.98 plants annually. These perfectly obedient plants would offer 10.4 million grams of THC (marijuana’s psychoactive compound), enough to supply exactly 100,000 patients with 2 grams of cannabinoids per week for the entire year. The supply would... Read more
Member Blog: ‘Topsy-Turvy’ Is The Name Of The Game In Cannabis
By Gary Paulin, Lightning Labels Now you see it. Now you don’t. What’s in compliance today may run afoul tomorrow. And federal government wishes and whims continue to cast a pall over state operations. In this topsy-turvy environment, cannabis purveyors need to be able to pivot on a dime.... Read more
Five Reasons Why NCIA’s Industry Socials Were A Huge Success
At the end of 2018, NCIA’s events team looked ahead at how to make our line-up of 2019 events even better and respond to an increasingly popular demand for more networking opportunities. As a team we dreamed up how to make a B2B networking series that was not only... Read more
Top Five Memorable Marijuana Moments In 2018
by Michelle Rutter, NCIA Government Relations Manager As 2018 draws to a close, our Government Relations team in Washington, D.C. is feeling especially thankful this year – both for all of our members, and for all of the strides forward that cannabis policy made this year! Before 2019 begins,... Read more
Medical marijuana bill passes in Utah after compromise gains support from Mormon church
Utah has passed sweeping changes to a new voter-approved medical-marijuana ballot measure under a planned compromise that secured support of the influential Mormon church but sparked a backlash from advocates. Supporters of the compromise cheered the vote, saying it would help suffering patients while creating safeguards against broader recreational use. “I believe... Read more

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