US (UT): Utah tweaks proposed MMJ rules to allow out-of-state businesses to claim growing licenses

The state has scrapped a proposed residency requirement for Utah cannabis cultivation, to the dismay of some local farmers. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, which is in the process of crafting rules for the state’s emerging medical marijuana program, concluded that residency restrictions could run afoul of federal law, an agency spokesman said. The agriculture department is holding a public hearing Wednesday on the latest draft of its cannabis cultivation rules.

Tom Paskett, executive director of the Utah Cannabis Association, said local farmers were in favor of a rule that guaranteed the cannabis cultivation licenses would go to businesses located inside the state.
"But I think at the end of the day, most people realized that it wasn't something that was going to stand up as a policy," Paskett said. "It was just a quagmire that the state was trying to avoid." Eighty-one businesses have applied for one of 10 cannabis growing licenses, and the state is currently evaluating the submissions. 


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