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Park City’s first medical marijuana dispensary has been approved by the state and the company behind the effort hopes to have their storefront open this fall.
When Utah voters passed the state’s medical cannabis law, known as Prop 2, in 2018, there was a mad dash by companies eager to open dispensaries across the state.
Jeremy Sumerix is the Market President of Deseret Wellness and says his company was chosen out of 130 applicants to open two locations in Utah — one in Provo and a second on Kearns Boulevard in Park City.
Sumerix says if all goes well in the coming weeks with planning and construction, the Park City location could be up and running by September.
“We are still in the preliminary phases as far as construction,” Sumerix said. “We are landing on our final blueprints and getting final permitting for building, et cetera. Optimistically, we’re hoping end of September, maybe early October to be open in Park City.”
In response to the success of Prop 2 with voters, the Utah Legislature passed a medical cannabis bill of its own in late 2018. The compromise bill allowed 14 dispensaries to operate in Utah and imposed stricter restrictions on who would be eligible for a medical cannabis prescription than was originally in Prop 2.
According to the Utah Department of Health’s medical cannabis guidelines, patients diagnosed with over a dozen medical conditions ranging from HIV and AIDS, cancer, post-traumatic stress, severe chronic pain, to autism and epilepsy are eligible to apply for a medical cannabis card in Utah.
Sumerix says after a patient obtains the proper documentation from their doctor and the state, strict security guidelines will be