This page contains information and resources related to Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp laws, rules, and programs administered by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. Please note that while both programs (Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp) are managed by the same team, they are unique and nuanced. Please review the information specific to the program you are interested in and recognize there are differences with each.
A biostatistician at the University of Utah has supplied UDAF with cannabis cardholder estimates for year 1 - 5. Cannabis cultivation establishment applicants may use this information to assist them in completing their market analysis part of the RFP requirements.
The Cannabis Cultivation Administrative Rule is available on the State Bulletin to Review. Written (electronic preferred) comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or via US Mail to:
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
Cannabis Rule Comments
PO Box 146500
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6500
Access the state bulletin here. The cannabis cultivation rule R68-27 is found on page 4.
For information related to the law governing cannabis establishments click here.
The Medical Cannabis Cultivation Establishment License request for proposals is now available. To see the entire solicitation and apply prospective applicants must register as vendors through the Sciquest Portal.
View the solicitation. Search for Medical Cannabis Cultivator Business License. The solicitation number is: DB19063
The Request for Proposals (RFP) for prospective medical cannabis growers opened at the Utah Division of Purchasing on June 1. Interested parties should register NOW to be a vendor through the Utah Supplier Portal.
Information on completing background checks for Medical Cannabis Cultivation Establishments and Agents
All parties planning to apply for one of the limited number of medical cannabis cultivation establishment licenses are encouraged to start the background check process now.
Criminal background checks are required for each individual who has a financial or voting interest of 2% or greater in the cannabis cultivation facility or who has the power to direct or cause the management or control of such a facility. The fee is $51.50 per person. Submit payment to UDAF by check, or credit card payment over the telephone (801) 538-7100.
The application that is submitted will include a "Criminal Background Screening Authorization Form" Click here. This form must be completed and signed by the applicant. The applicant must also complete the Medical Cannabis Production Establishment Criminal Background Receipt form. Click here. You may submit the background check forms one of three ways: Bring them into the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in person, submit by U.S. Mail, or by emailing the forms to email@example.com. Payment may be made in person or via U.S. Mail. If you submit your forms via email, the Department will contact you to take payment over the phone.
Once the application, forms and fees have been submitted to UDAF, UDAF will submit forms to the Utah Department of Health, who will send the applicant a "Live Scan Fingerprint Authorization Form" to continue the process.
The Live Scan Fingerprint Authorization Form can then be taken to any Utah live scan vendor who has the ability to "transmit" the live scan fingerprints to Public Safety.
Out of state applicants who will not be in Utah at the time of the application, will need to have their fingerprints rolled on a hard card (FBI Applicant form FD-258 - usually done at the local police department) and submit the card with the application. Those hard cards will be scanned into the system for an additional $12.00 processing fee.
Once Public Safety receives the electronic fingerprints, they will provide a determination of either cleared or denied based on the applicable state statute. Upon receipt of a clear criminal record, UDAF will continue with processing the application.
The Request for Proposals (RFP) for prospective medical cannabis growers is available from the Utah Division of Purchasing as of June 1.
Interested parties should register NOW to be a vendor through the Utah Supplier Portal
- May 31 -- RFP Opens (a link to the RFP solicitation appears above on this page..
- July 1 -- The RFP period closes
- July 15 -- Earliest date the to award grower licenses
The State of Utah has selected MJ Freeway to develop the EVS/ICS for the medical cannabis program.
Please review the following prior to applying to be a grower/cultivator in the state of Utah
- Submit a nationwide criminal history from the FBI completed within three months prior to the application.
- The applicant shall submit the legal description of the growing area.
- The applicant shall submit an aerial photograph of each growing area identifying the variety/varieties to be planted within the growing area.
- The applicant shall submit a physical address for the growing area.
- The applicant shall submit a soil test containing: N03, N02, Ammonia, Phosphorus, Potassium, PH level, Soil texture, Organic matter, Micronutrients, Soil-less planting media.
- The applicant shall post signage that reads, "Utah Department of Agriculture and Food industrial hemp Pilot Program" at the plot location's entrance and where the plot is visible to a public roadway.
- The applicant shall submit a $500.00 licensing fee to the Utah Department of Agriculture and food.
- The applicant shall include a statement of the intended end use or disposal.
Applicant must review the following prior to applying for a processor's license:
Please be advised if the applicant intends to produce a product for human consumption, the applicant must be licensed with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food as a manufactured food facility prior to applying for an industrial hemp processor's license: 801-538-7159.
- Applicant must submit a nationwide criminal history from the FBI within three months prior to the application.
- All employees who handle material that is over 0.3% THC must be at least 18 and submit a criminal history report within one month of employment.
- The use of butane or propane is a prohibited extraction method.
- The applicant will include a description of their research objective with the application and renewals.
- The applicant shall submit a $2000.00 processor licensing fee to the Utah Department of Agriculture and food.
Applicant must review the following prior to registering their products.
- Each product containing hemp seed oil, hemp oil, extract, or CBD, requires the applicant to submit a $200.00 registration fee plus an additional $60 service fee.
- Each product containing Industrial Hemp seed, or a product containing a solid seed derivative requires the applicant to submit a $100.00 registration fee plus an additional $60 service fee.
- Each product containing Industrial hemp fiber does not have to submit a registration fee but must register their product.
- The applicant shall upload the intended label and Certificate of Analysis (C.O.A.) for each product containing CBD (Cannabidiol) including:
- Cannabinoid profile by percentage of dry weight,
- Heavy metals,
- Batch Identification number,
- Date received,
- Date of completion and,
- Method of analysis for each test conducted.
Click on the link below to access and complete the application.
Call 801-538-7100 for questions regarding your application.
Your application will not be complete until payment is received by the Department. To make a payment please call 801-538-7100. Have your card information readily available.
- Individuals can cultivate and process industrial hemp if they are licensed by the Department.
- Individuals can market industrial hemp and industrial hemp products provided the products have been registered by the Department.
- Cannabidiol (CBD) products may be sold around the state of Utah, provided they are registered with the Department.
All applicants are expected to have read all applicable industrial hemp rules prior to submitting an application.
What is Industrial Hemp?
Cannabis Sativa L. that has less than 0.3% THC.
What is Medical Marijuana?
Marijuana is cannabis that contains over 0.3% THC.
How are They the Same and How are They Different?
Industrial Hemp and Medical Marijuana come from the same genus plant. Similar to the difference between Sweet Corn and Field Corn. They are both corn, but the purposes are different. Both products look similar to each other and contain many of the same chemical compounds, however, the concentration of compounds in the two plant species can be vastly different. The legal difference is the amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the plant contains. If the cannabis plant contains more than 0.3% THC it is considered Marijuana.
Why is the Department of Agriculture and Food Involved?
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food was identified as the department in the best position to provide regulatory oversight for the identification, cultivation, processing, testing and distribution of hemp-based products.
Who Can Grow Industrial Hemp?
State law allows for individuals and universities to grow industrial hemp, provided they are licensed by the Department. The Department is currently working on establishing the rules for licensure. Once the rules are in place an individual may apply for a license. If all requirements are met, the Department may issue a license.
Can I Import Industrial Hemp Seeds?
Please read the following from USDA
Can I Buy CBD Oil in Utah?
The purpose of the law is to make sure the product being sold is free from harmful contaminants and matches the label requirements. The Department has established rules for the sale and purchase of CBD oil in the state. CBD oil registered with the Department, meeting all testing, labeling and other requirements as established by rule, may be purchased in the state of Utah.
How Do I Register My Product with the Department?
The Department has established rules governing the registration of CBD products. Any person seeking to register their product must submit an application. See the Industrial Hemp program information and application below.
Who Has to Register the Product?
The product must be registered before it can legally be sold in the state of Utah. Either the manufacturer or the distributor may register the product.
How do I submit my Pre-planting, Planting, Harvest, or Post-production reports?
These reports are submitted through the same process as when you first registered as a grower. First go to the "Cannabis Programs" page (found under any of the navigation bar categories, i.e. Farmers, Businesses, Consumers, or Popular Pages). Scroll down until you find the "Industrial Hemp Program Information and Application" bar. Click on it to expand the box and scroll to the bottom to find the link called "Click here to access the industrial hemp application". You can also just click here.
When I enter the industrial hemp application, I am returned to the last page I visited in the application process. How do I return to the beginning?
You are not alone my friend. Many have run into this issue. The best way to fix this is to clear your browser history or open an incognito or private window in your web browser. Click here for instructions on how to do this.
Do I need to register each SKU that I will be producing?
Yes, each product SKU registration is $200.
Does each product line being registered require a COA (Certificate of Analysis)?
Yes, even if each product line is using the same batch of CBD oil, you will need a separate COA.
I have registered the parcel of land I intend to plant hemp on and received my certification but I would like to add another parcel to the same registration. Do I need to go through the registration process again for the new parcel?
If the property is within 1 mile of the other parcel, you do not need to register the property, just email the GPS coordinates to hemp_UDAF@utah.gov.
When do I need to do my FBI background check?
FBI background checks must be completed before applying by going to edo.cjis.gov. See the EDO website for instructions. There is an $18 fee and you will need to print and mail the forms along with your fingerprint card. EDO will then respond to the request via email. You will need to go to your local jurisdiction to be fingerprinted. The completed background check used in applying for an industrial hemp license must have been issued no longer than 90 days prior to submitting your grower application.
What things need to be included on product labels and Certificates of Analysis?
7 main things we look for on the product labels
Amount of hemp derived contents (mg)
QR code or website that links customer to COA
7 main things we look for on the Certificate of Analysis (COA)
- Picture of the product being tested
- All of the batch/lot information
- Heavy metal testing
- Solvent testing
- Microbial testing
- Cannabinoid profile
- Percent of product by dry weight (in mg)
- Pesticide testing