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What marijuana/cannabis businesses can you start in Utah?

Under the new regulations, enacted as of November 6, 2018, Utah opened its doors for medical marijuana businesses. The regulations of this measure have provisions for:

    • Cannabis Dispensary
    • Cannabis Cultivation Facility
    • Cannabis Processing Facility
    • Cannabis Testing Laboratory

The initiative was designed to allow for the licensing of up to 15 marijuana cultivation facilities, though that limit could be reconsidered in 2022 if additional facilities would be necessary to keep up with demand. The measure would restrict the number of dispensaries by the number of residents in a county divided by 150,000 and rounded up to the greatest whole number.

As of right now, the state has yet to establish an application process and the law does not specify when the licensing applications need to be made available for medical marijuana businesses. So you cannot apply for a marijuana business license right now, however, there’s a lot to do to prepare - see below for details. 

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What can you do right now?

To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses, you should:

    • If you're unsure about what do after reading the regulations, grab our Starter Package to give you a detailed rundown of everything you need to know and do right now to get your business going.

How To Open a Marijuana Dispensary in Utah

The state will allow potential business owners to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Utah. Whether this is possible or not will hinge entirely on the city and/or county of choice, as the state allows the local municipalities to ban or place moratoriums on whether to license dispensaries for operation or not.

  1. Read through our Starter Package to figure out what your city will require for licensing and the boatload of other to-do items to have in place prior to submitting your application for licensing.
  2. Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
  3. Create your Marijuana Dispensary Business Plan.
  4. Acquire the necessary licenses to operate your retail store and be completely legal and compliant.
  5. Install the operational infrastructure to be in accordance with all regulations and then open your doors for business.
  6. Contract with cultivators and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow and produce marijuana products for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.

How To Grow/Cultivate Marijuana Legally in Utah

Same as Marijuana Dispensary steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with dispensaries and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow marijuana for them.

How To Start a Medical Marijuana Processing Business In Utah

Same as Retail Store steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with dispensaries to provide your products to customers as well as contract with cultivators to grow marijuana for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.

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