Utah’s Medical Cannabis Program Off The Ground Despite Opening Day Glitch

Utah’s new medical marijuana program kicked off this weekend, but would-be patients encountered some slight technical difficulties.

The state’s department of health told local news outlets that some individuals had trouble registering on the state-run website on Sunday.


“There was a small glitch earlier, but it’s working now,” Utah Department of Health spokeswoman Charla Haley told local television station FOX 13.

One hopeful registrant told FOX 13 that the technical glitch cost him an hour on his computer. 

“I expected it to be busy. We had a feeling the system would be crashing with the excitement a little better,” he said. “I think they’re doing the best that they can.”

The department of health began accepting applications for medical marijuana cards on Sunday morning. On Monday, the state’s first dispensary opened in Salt Lake City.

Utah Still Has A Long Road Ahead

Voters in Utah approved a referendum legalizing medical marijuana in 2018, making it the 33rd state to do so.

But it was a long road to this week’s launch, which was saddled with countless delays and controversies. After voters approved the measure 53 percent to 47 percent, Utah legislators immediately began work on a compromise

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