Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

UDAF to Begin Planning to Implement Three Cannabis Bills Passed by the Utah Legislature this Past Legislative Session


(Salt Lake City) The 2018 Utah Legislature passed five bills involving cannabis.  Three of the bills directly impact the Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF).  Now that they have been signed by the Governor, UDAF will soon start developing rules, policies and procedures to implement the new laws.


UDAF will seek input from experts in the field, producers, and interested members of the public.  The Department anticipates holding several public meetings seeking information and input in the formulation of rules, policies, and procedures in regards to cannabis.


Due to the amount of rulemaking and the importance of involving the public in the development of such programs, it is impossible to predict when each new program will be ready to implement.  The Department is dedicated to making sure this is an open and transparent process.


Below is what we know about each piece of legislation to this point:


HB197- Cannabis Cultivation Amendments.

  • The Department is allowed to grow and process cannabis for academic or medical research and patients that meet the qualification of HB 195. The legislation does not allow for individuals to grow marijuana on their own. 
  • The Department may contract with a third party to grow and process the cannabis. The Department anticipates contracting with a third party.  If the Department contracts with a third party the Department will award that contract through the state procurement process. 


HB302- Cultivation of Industrial Hemp

  • Individuals will be able to cultivate, process, and market industrial hemp and industrial hemp products provided they are licensed by the Department
  • Currently, the Department has rule is place to govern the growth of industrial hemp for Universities. These rules will need to be expanded to include individuals as well as to regulate the processing and marketing of products.



SB130- Cannabidiol Products

  • Cannabidiol products are currently being sold around the state of Utah. The Department does not intend to interrupt the market; however, the Department is going to take a role in ensuring that the product being sold is free from harmful substances and are label accurately to ensure the consumer is accurately informed.
  • It is not the intent of the legislation, nor of the Department, to limit access to Cannabidiol (CBD) product to pharmacies.
  • The Department anticipates developing a registration system for producers. The Department will work with manufactures and distributors of Cannabidiol products to help them understand any regulations.