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Every time we turn around, it seems that Utah is taking a half-step forward in the great marijuana debate while other states effortlessly plow ahead of the caravan. Earlier this year, government officials introduced the concept of pot legalization and, in a shocking turn of events, received full support from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (better known as the Mormon Church). However, once lawmakers developed Proposition 2 and handed it to voters, Church officials began berating the government for attempting to broaden marijuana use. As a result, the compromise has gone through multiple modifications, resulting in pro-cannabis advocates threatening to sue to prevent further problems. These changes, according to these supporters, are doing more harm than good to patients suffering from terrible medical conditions. Now, Utah has just released a notion that its stores will not start selling weed products until 2020. Let’s take a closer look at this announcement and find out more.

Creating a Database for Your Protection

On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, lawmakers announced that patients in the State of Utah will have the legal right to consume medical-grade cannabis, but one problem remains. They cannot legally buy these products in stores until 2020. So why do they have to wait so long?

According to Tom Hudachko (health department spokesman), in order to start issuing legal pot licenses to waiting patients, officials need to develop a database and then start granting licenses to individual dispensaries. While authorities are attempting to shoot for a closer date, the regulations stipulate that the first medical marijuana card for a dispensary must be granted by June 2020.

Keep in mind that patients who have purchased marijuana-infused gummy candies will still have full protection from the law. Also, until 2020 comes around the corner, patients will have to rely on letters written by their doctors to gain permission to use this drug.

What to Do until Then

On Monday, December 3, 2018, Utah lawmakers made radical changes (yet again) to the compromise established before the midterm elections and (with strained success) regained support from the Mormon Church. Sometime later, Governor Gary Herbert signed the deal into law and deemed this new piece of legislation was the best medical marijuana program in the United States. Needless to say, he hasn’t received a ton of support from pro-cannabis advocates. For now, we will just have to wait and see what the Beehive State will do next.

Always remember that marijuana does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.

The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.