Medical marijuana did not make it onto Utah’s political agenda in 2010 and under current Utah medical cannabis laws, possession of as little as an ounce or less of marijuana can result in a six-month jail sentence. So, if you medicat a serious medical condition with marijuana, you risk arrest and imprisonment.

Marijuana Related Penalties in Utah

  • Any conviction results in 6 month drivers license suspension.
  • Possession of less than 1oz of marijuana: up to six months in jail; up to $1,000 fine
  • Possession of 1oz or more of marijuana: up to one year in jail and a fine up to $2,500
  • Possession of 1lb or more of marijuana: up to five years in prison and a fine up to $5,000
  • Possession of more than 100lbs of marijuana: 1 – 15 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000
  • Sale or delivery of marijuana: up to five years in prison; fine up to $5,000
  • Sale of marijuana in the presence of a minor or sale within 1,000 feet of a school, public park, amusement park, recreation center, church, synagogue, shopping mall, sports facility, theater or public parking lot: level of the offense is increased to the next degree of severity
  • Possession of marijuana associated paraphernalia: up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000
  • Sale of marijuana associated paraphernalia: up to one year in jail; a fine up to $2,500
  • Sale of marijuana associated paraphernalia to a minor: up to five years in prison and a fine up to $5,000

Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Utah


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  • Charles says:

    Try contacting your local Representatives.

  • Charles Baker says:

    We just moved to Utah and I would like to know if there has been any recent legislative activity on the issue of legalization of medical use marijuana. If not, are there any lobbiest groups one could join to facilitate this legislation?

  • Warren says:

    Drug use/abuse should be handled first and foremost as a health issue, not a criminal issue.
    The people of Utah can be kind and compassionate; many of them drawing on their Mormon & pioneer heritage to guide their conscience. It is there, in their compassionate Christ-centered beliefs that they will come to accept marijuana as medically beneficial, as I have.
    When you discuss legalizing marijuana with Utahns, to any degree, you will find the warmest reception when speaking softly, using examples of healing, citing compassion and caring for those less fortunate. Utahns empathize well and feel a direct link to the grace of God in this.

  • Monica says:

    I have chronic pain from a back injury I got 16 years ago. Medical marijuana would most likely be the only thing to relieve my constant pain.

    I think its a heck of a lot safer than the bottles of narcotic pain meds they keep me on. I also suffer from PTSD and dont sleep because of it, again this would help me greatly in so many more ways than a pill would.

    We just moved to Utah and Im quite disappointed in the fact that if I was to receive this helpful, natural drug I would go to jail. How is going to jail to cure your pain better than curing my pain?

  • Lena says:

    I live in Utah, and I hope that marijuana in general becomes legal, not just here, but through out the United States.

    People need to face reality: that marijuana is everywhere nowadays. The marijuana situation in this country can be compared to the time when alcohol was prohibited. This drug is not any worse than alcohol or tobacco cigarettes.

    In many cases, it’s not even as bad as those two items. People can still be great citizens and have a smoke when they fancy. That doesn’t make them bad people.

  • Stevie says:

    I think that Utah needs to start looking at the facts about marijuana and legalize for medical purposes only. Marijuana is beneficial in the treatment of AIDS, Glaucoma, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Chronic Pain, and Cancer.

    Utah needs to realize all the nifty medical benefits that marijuana has. For example, Cancer patients have reported that marijuana has helped relieve them of nausea and vomiting which are side effects of chemotherapy treatment

    Wake up Utah.

  • anthony says:

    “it is better to treat people for health problems than to put them in jail” cannabis isnt half as harmful as 2 other legalized drugs ciggs & alcohol, plus all smoke contains carcinogens & tar.

    Thats what vaporizers were made for. I am bipolar i have mood cycles that range from highs to crushing lows, i have health problems gallore i have 2 screws in my foot that messes with my knee & lower leg, it sends pain coarsing through my leg when it gets cold outside, i have back & neck problems. i have depression & anxiety that gets to the point where i dont eat sometimes.

    I have a rotating insomnia cycle that doesnt allow me to hardly ever sleep & when i do i heavily crash. i have severe add & mild adhd. i have tried plenty of medicines & prescription drugs & they all either make me sick or burnt out & faded in & out half the time.

    The only substance that helps all of my ailments & dulls my pain & helps me sleep & eat is marijuana, yes of course i risk going to jail & having hefty fines for using this plant i have been wrongfully arrested & i have had negative responses from religious people, but it completely helps & there have been no negative physiological or mental side effects from what i can tell.

    I tell you these things because it might help shed some light, that it does help people out there & despite all of these negative thinkers about this plant (probably because the slandering campaigns in the past & the hype that it is a gateway drug) it is only a gateway drug because there is a demand for it & as long as there is a demand there will always be sellers..

    Legal or not, drug dealers peddle this plant & push heavy drugs on teens when all they want is a good joint so the dealers can make more money.

    I urge whoever reads this to send it to the right people in hopes that cannabis can be legalized under medicinal use so it can continue to help people & put violent drug dealers farther away from our teens.

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