US (UT): MMJ sales to start by March 2020

Medical cannabis products could be ready to sell to Utah patients as soon as January 1, 2020, if all goes according to plan, state officials told lawmakers on the Health and Human Services Interim Committee Wednesday.

The two state agencies working on setting up a medical cannabis system say they’re on schedule, and the Utah Department of Food and Agriculture reports it could have cannabis products ready before the March 1, 2020 deadline.

Drew Rigby, the agriculture department’s cannabis program manager, said he wants to make sure licensed growers are able to have cannabis seeds planted by Sept. 1.

“Cannabis itself is about a 4-month crop,” Rigby said. “We’ve got to give these companies and individuals time to get plants in the ground, or in pots, greenhouses and so on.”

In a new rule earlier this month, the department opted to shorten the period for potential growers to become licensed. A public hearing on the rule is scheduled for June 5.

The department will accept applications from interested growers June 1-21 before awarding between 10 and 15 licenses July 1.


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