Three draft administrative rules governing medical cannabis program were published today on the State Bulletin web page: https://rules.utah.gov/publications/utah-state-bull/.
The rule can be found in volume 2019 No. 14: https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2019/b20190715.pdf
“We take seriously the responsibility of providing safe products to Utah consumers in a timely manner,” said Kerry W. Gibson, Commissioner, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. “The three rules published today reflect our commitment to adhere to the timeline set forth by the Legislature in the Utah Medical Cannabis Act.”
R68-27 Cannabis Cultivation is a revision of a rule originally published in May. The revised rule removes the residency requirement to apply for and hold a cannabis cultivation license. It also offers more clarity in areas such as license renewal. The new language more clearly defines that a license will be renewed so long as the renewal does not violate any laws. The rule can be found on page 68 of volume 2019 No. 14 of the State Bulletin.
A public hearing on the revised cannabis cultivation rule will be held July 17, 2019, from 2-3 pm at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food building. 350 North Redwood Road. Salt Lake City, Utah 84116.
R68-29 Quality Assurance Testing on Cannabis (page 4 of the bulletin), and R68-30 Independent Cannabis Testing Laboratory (page 7) are two new rules related to the medical cannabis program.
The Quality Assurance Testing rule defines the tolerance/ limits of residual solvents, pesticide residue, heavy metals, microbials, and other contaminants that are allowed in cannabis and cannabis products. Exceeding the set levels will result in the destruction of the product.
The Independent Cannabis Testing Laboratory Rule outlines the qualification for licensure as a testing laboratory. The rule defines security, inventory control, and employee registration requirements. It also requires labs to follow good laboratory practices and testing standards, and practices that are to be followed in the testing of cannabis and cannabis products.
A public hearing for the two sets of new rules will be held August 8, 2019, from 2-3 pm. At the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food building, 350 North Redwood Road. Salt Lake City, Utah 84116. The 30-day Public Comment period for all three rules ends August 14, 2019. Written comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Attn: Rules. PO Box 146500. Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6500.