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How to get an MMJ card and find a QMP in Salt Lake City
June 17, 2020 at 7:00 AM
How to get an MMJ card and find a QMP in Salt Lake City

For those suffering from chronic conditions, such as debilitating pain or epilepsy, medication has been the only solution for a long time. Thanks to medical marijuana, more and more people are freeing themselves of medication and taking back control of their lives.

But with marijuana being illegal on the federal level, you might be wondering how to legally obtain medical marijuana here in Utah. Since the Utah Medical Cannabis Act was passed, men and women in the state can now legally use marijuana for medical purposes. But first, you’ll need to obtain a medical marijuana card, also known as an “MMJ card.”

In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about applying for an MMJ card, and we’ll show you where to find a QMP in Salt Lake City.

Getting approved for medical marijuana in Salt Lake City

Age

There is no age restriction to obtain an MMJ card. However, patients under the age of 18 will need to apply with the help of a guardian.

Approved conditions

In order to be eligible for an MMJ card, you need to have a condition that’s approved by the Utah Department of Health. Some of these conditions include:

  • HIV
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Crohn's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Multiple sclerosis

You can view a full list of approved conditions here.

QMP approval

The next step is finding a qualified medical provider, also known as a “QMP.” Qualified medical providers are medical professionals who are approved by the state to recommend medical marijuana to patients. You’ll need to get a recommendation from a state-approved QMP in order to qualify for an MMJ card.

Application

After you’ve obtained a recommendation from a qualified medical provider, then you can begin the application process. First, create a Utah ID account here. Then, create a patient application through Utah’s electronic verification system (EVS), and be sure to designate your QMP on the application.

Once you submit everything, your designated QMP can certify your application for approval. After the application is approved and you’ve paid the MMJ card fees, then you can legally purchase medical marijuana from any licensed dispensary in Utah.

Legal medical marijuana treatments in Utah

When the Utah Medical Cannabis Act was passed, it only legalized certain types of medical marijuana treatments. While smoking of marijuana is still prohibited, patients can legally use medical marijuana in the following forms:

  • Tablet and capsule
  • Concentrated oil
  • Liquid suspension
  • Topicals
  • Transdermal, such as patches
  • Gelatinous cube
  • Unprocessed cannabis flower

Meet with a QMP in Salt Lake City

If you’re ready to speak with a qualified medical provider about obtaining medical marijuana, we can help. At Mount Olympus Healthcare, we are proud to be one of the only Internal Medicine practices in the state that is approved for recommending MMJ cards.

Led by Dr. Danny Wightman, our team stays up to date with important MMJ state policies, and we’re committed to ensuring patients have legal access to the care they need. Although we typically focus on issues concerning men’s health, we are happy to also consult with female patients regarding their approval for medical marijuana treatment.

Reach out today to book an appointment at our Millcreek office.