How To Get Arrested
It’s incredibly easy for a cannabis user to get in trouble in Utah. The most popular way is after being pulled over for a traffic stop. That’s just because traffic stops are where people usually interact with police the most, and because of an exception to the warrant requirement that makes it (relatively) easy for the police to search a car and its occupants.
A policeman can pull you over for any of the traffic violations on the books. The most common I see are:
Speeding (yes, it’s illegal to go even 1 MPH over the speed limit, even if everyone else is doing it).
Failing to signal for long enough (before you turn or change lanes, you have to turn on your signal for a full 2 seconds beforehand–count it out, it’s longer than you think).
Following too close (you are supposed to leave at least two seconds of space between you and the car ahead. That means if you choose a fixed point along the road, like a sign, you should not pass it sooner than two seconds after the car in front of you passed it).
Failing to move over for emergency vehicles (if there’s an emergency vehicle parked along the highway, you’re supposed to slow down and, if you can do so safely, move to a farther lane before you pass).
Swerving in your lane (this one isn’t technically a crime itself, unless your tires leave your lane–but the police will often pull people over for swerving back and forth within their lane under the theory that it might mean they are impaired).
+FAQ: The policeman said he pulled me over because I was speeding, but I was only going like 2 miles above the limit. I’m sure it’s just because I had out-of-state plates [or because I’m black or brown, or young, or have long hair]. Can he do that?
Answer: It is very possible that the policeman wanted to pull you over for some other reason besides a very minor traffic offense, but, mostly, they are allowed to do it. It’s called a “pretextual stop,” and it is legal in Utah, and under the United States Supreme Court. But note: if you weren’t breaking any traffic laws, your attorney could be able to challenge the stop in court.
It is also illegal to distinguish amongst races when the police are deciding who to pull over, because (unlike which state you’re from, or how long your hair is) race is a “protected classification”. However, it can be very hard to prove what was in the policeman’s mind when he pulled you over
Smelling Like Marijuana:
Once you’re pulled over, the cop will approach your car, and he will speak to you while you’re in your car or ask you to get out.
+FAQ: Is the cop allowed to make the me step outside of the car?
Answer: Yes, and your passangers too.
While speaking with you the officer may smell marijuana. Under current law, smell of marijuana is good enough probable cause to search the car, the occupants, and their belongings. This is, by far, how most marijuana charges get started.
Sometimes, the officer might not smell marijuana herself, but might still suspect there are drugs in the car, so she might call in a K9 unit. It is legal for the K9 unit to do a “sniff” on the outside of the car, even without your consent. However, if the cop extends the duration of the stop to allow the K9 unit to arrive and do the sniff, and she didn’t have good enough reason to extend it, your attorney can later use that to fight the case. A “hit” by the K9 unit also gives the cop probable cause to search your car, even without consent.
+FAQ: The cop says that she smells marijuana (or says that her K9 hit on the car), so why is she asking me if I can search the car if she has probable cause?
Answer: She’s probably just trying to cover her bases. If she has your consent as well as probable cause, that makes it even harder to challenge the case later on.
+ FAQ: Do I have to consent to a search of the car?
Answer: No, you don’t. You should never try to physically stop a police officer from doing something, but you never have to consent to it either.
After asking for your driver’s license and insurance documents, the cop will often ask the you some variation of the question: “You don’t have any contraband in the car, do you?” If you answer “yes,” this most likely gives the officer probable cause to search you and your car, without your consent.
+FAQ: Is the cop allowed to ask this question?
Answer: Probably. When the cop has made a valid traffic stop, most Courts agree that the cop can ask a few extra questions that do not significantly extend the length of the stop. Note: This area of law is progressing, and I think there is an argument to be made that the cop should not ask any questions not directly related to the traffic stop, however most Courts still think that they can
+ Follow up Question: Do I have to say whether or not I have controband?
Answer: No. You should not lie to the police, but you do not have to answer any questions.
+Follow-up Question: If I refuse to ansewr, doesn’t that give the cop more reason to investigate and serach me?
Answer: Yes, it probably will provoke the cop to investigate you more thoroughly. Whether or not this is a “valid” reason for further investigation is a complicated question of law which would probably have to be fought out in the court case.
If you answer “No, I don’t have any contraband” the cop will often follow-up with the question: “Well, you don’t mind if I have a look then?” If the you say, “ok,” then, obviously, your stuff gets searched.
+FAQ: Do I have to let the cop search my car when he says “do you mind if I take a look”?
Answer: No, you never have to consent to a search. (But you should never give the impression that you will physically resist a search or pat-down, as this will quickly turn bad).
+Follow-up Question: If I don’t consent to a search, will I get searched anyway?
Answer: Possibly, but not necessarily. It depends on whether the cop has other reasons to suspect you and how badly he wants to search you. There are many reasons for a cop to think he has justification to search. For example, he can pat-down your body and the “reachable” area of the car if he has a reasonable suspicion that you’re armed and dangerous. Or he can arrest you for the traffic infraction and search your car during an “inventory” search.
+Follow-up Question: If he might search the car anyway, isn’t it easier if I just consent?
Answer: That depends on what you mean by “easier.” If a search is performed without a warrant and without consent, you can later make the cop and the prosecutor prove to the judge that there was a valid exception to the warrant requirement. I said above that there are many reasons a cop might think he has justification to search a car, but that doesn’t mean a judge will agree when the case gets to court. If the cop can’t show a valid reason, the results of the search may be “suppressed” by the judge. So consenting to a search will make things easier on the cop and the prosecutor, but consenting to a search won’t usually make things any easier on you.
The cop will often say something like “I see you have California plates. Do you have one of those medical marijuana cards?”
+FAQ: Do I have to answer these questions?
If you say, “Yes, I do have a medical marijuana card.” The cop will then ask, “When is the last time you smoked?” If you say “last night,” or “three days ago,” or “last week.” The cop will likely ask you out of the car to perform field sobriety tests. (see below)
+FAQ: Do I have to answer these questions?
(You’re probably noticing a theme here on whether or not you have to answer questions. This is fundamental 5th Amendment law. You can politely say something like, “it seems you’re investigating me for a crime, officer, so I won’t answer any questions without my attorney present.” When the cop keeps asking questions, you can just repeat yourself, or he can just stay silent.)
Field Sobriety Tests
There are lots of reasons a cop might ask you to take field sobriety tests. It might be because you admitted to using marijuana at some point. It might be because they smell, or have already found, marijuana in your car. It might be because they have noticed “signs of drug use or impairment,” such as “droopy eyes,” “blood-shot eyes,” “dilated pupils,” “slow speech,” “lack of coordination,” “blistered tongue,” or “green tongue.”
+FAQ: Wait, how did the cop see inside someone’s mouth?
Answer: the cop probably asked the person to open his mouth and then he did.
+Follow-up Question: Do I have to open my mouth if the cop asks me?
Answer: Probably not. Searching the your mouth likely requires “probable cause,” but by opening your mouth they will say you “consented.”
+Follow-up Question: What the hell is “Green Tongue”?
Answer: Good question. There is no scientific evidence that smoking pot causes a green tongue, but it’s like law enforcement folk-lore for some reason. (Of course, if the person has an actual bud in his mouth, that’s another matter.)
After the cop notices signs of impairment or drug use, he begins to seriously investigate. He does this by asking questions, such as: “Are you taking any drugs?” “No, really, I can tell you’re taking drugs. Which drugs are you taking?” or “How much pot did you smoke today?”
+FAQ: Do I have to answer these questions?
After the cop interrogates you, he will often ask the you to perform Standard Field Sobriety Tests such as the One-Legged Stand, the Walk and Turn, and the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus. He might also ask you to do non-standard sobriety tests, such as reciting portions of the alphabet, and touching your fingers to your nose. There are many ways to “fail” these tests.
+FAQ: Do you have to do these Field Sobriety Tests?
Answer: No, you do not. You can always politely say, “No, I won’t be taking any field sobriety tests, officer.”
Often, following the interrogation (if you chose to answer questions), and the field sobriety tests (if you chose to take them) the cop will conclude that he has enough evidence to arrest you. That’s because it’s not only illegal to be under the influence of marijuana when driving, it’s illegal to have any THC metabolite in your body while driving. (Read more about that here). That means, even if the cop thinks you are NOT impaired, you can still be arrested. I have seen it happen.
After arrest, the cop will usually “request” that you take a chemical test of your breath or blood under Utah’s Implied Consent statute. If you don’t take the chemical test under the Implied Consent statute, you can lose your Utah Driving Privilege for 18 months, even if you are not impaired.
+FAQ: Didn’t you just say I don’t have to answer questions or take Field Sobriety Tests? Now you’re saying I’ll automatically lose my Driving Privilege if I don’t submit to a chemical test?
Answer: That’s right, the Implied Consent statutory tests are a little special. They kick in only when the cop believes he has “reasonable grounds” to arrest a driver for DUI.
+Follow-up Question: How do I tell when the special Implied Consent rules have kicked in?
Answer: the officer will read a special “admonition” (or warning) that specifically tells you that you will lose your license if you don’t agree to the test. That’s how you know. [Note: it is possible to argue at a hearing that the cop didn’t actually have reasonable grounds to arrest the driver for DUI, and so the cop shouldn’t have used the Implied Consent statute to get a chemical test. If the Driver’s License Hearing Officer agrees, the driver does not lose his license. That all comes later, though.]
+Follow-up Question: But I don’t have a Utah Driver’s License! How can Utah suspend my license from my home state?
Answer: Utah cannot suspend your license from another state. Utah can only suspend your “Utah Driving Privilege” (your right to drive in Utah). However, you should also know that many states are part of the Interstate Compact on Driver’s Licenses. Under that agreement, when one state suspends your Driving Privilege, your home state may suspend your actual license.
Where to Buy CBD Oil in Utah? Hemp Oil Laws & Legality (2022)
CBD extracted from hemp and marijuana is legal in Utah, but there are conditions though that you have to be aware of, especially if you’re thinking of buying marijuana-derived products.
This guide helps you understand the legality of CBD under state and federal laws.
It also teaches you tips in choosing and buying legal, premium-quality CBD products. Our guide also includes a list of the best CBD oil in Utah for 2022.
Where to Buy CBD in Utah?
CBD products are readily available in Utah and can be purchased online or through your local dispensary. Both carry excellent CBD brands, but of the two, buying CBD oil in Utah online is the most convenient.
Online shops offer more CBD products and brands to choose from. They also give you the ease of shopping for your CBD products at home.
You also benefit from perks when you shop online — free shipping, big discounts, same-day delivery, among others. These are benefits that you won’t get from most brick-and-mortar stores.
When shopping online though, keep these things in mind.
1. Look for the Product’s COA
Searching for online shops that sell CBD in Utah is easy. A quick online search already gives you tons to choose from.
With these many options though, how will you know they’re offering premium-quality CBD oil?
To help you find legal, quality CBD oil, look for the product’s certificate of analysis or COA. The laboratory tests are done by accredited laboratory testing facilities. These facilities test the CBD samples sent by manufacturers, checking their potency, safety, and quality.
Legitimate CBD producers upload copies of their products’ COAs on their websites for transparency, and you can easily view them online.
2. Avoid Brands That Make Too-Good-to-Be-True Claims
CBD’s more than just a fad but has become an important part of many people’s daily health regimen.
Unfortunately, CBD’s popularity also increased the number of unscrupulous manufacturers. Some are even claiming that their product is the magic potion that heals all illnesses and disorders.
If you encounter CBD brands like this, be very wary and stay away from them.
Trusted brands are pretty transparent and avoid misleading their consumers in any way. They also follow FDA and DSHEA guidelines to protect their consumers.
Brands that make too-good-to-be-true claims are violating these guidelines.
3. Read Reviews
Reviews, feedback, ratings — all these give you a good gauge of the CBD product’s quality. The more positive reviews it has and the higher the ratings, the better for you as a consumer.
These also help you learn more about the product — its expected results and side effects (if any). You’ll know more about its manufacturers through these reviews as well.
In choosing CBD products, avoid those that have more negative reviews than positive ones. Negative reviews are already a telltale sign of low-quality CBD products made by unscrupulous manufacturers.
If you’re going to buy CBD oil from your local dispensary though, go armed with a list of questions.
- Ask about their cultivation practices. Make sure they use organically-grown and non-GMO industrial hemp.
- Ask about the products’ extraction method, and choose those that used a clean and safe process like CO2 supercritical extraction. This method doesn’t make use of solvents such as butane and alcohol and won’t leave harmful residues.
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- Available in 4 strengths and flavors
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- Sourced from US-grown organic hemp
- Contains full-spectrum CBD
- Up to 80 mg CBD/mL
- Great potency range for beginners
- Third-party tested for potency and purity
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Local CBD Retailers in Utah
We’ve listed here some of the top CBD retailers in Utah’s biggest cities. We’ve chosen them based on their high ratings and number of reviews.
Salt Lake City
- BlackHouse Vapor Company
- Beehive Farmacy
- WholesomeCo Cannabis
West Valley City
- CBD American Shaman of West Valley City
- Eastern Vapor & CBD Superstore
- Canna Comforts
- CBD American Shaman of West Jordan
- Alternatives Vape Store
- Deseret Wellness
- Lucky Money CBD
- Hemp Xtreme CBD Products
- Koodegras CBD Oils
- SLC Haze
Is CBD Legal in Utah?
CBD comes from both hemp and marijuana, and in the state of Utah, both CBD sources are legal.
Utah legalized the use of low-THC CBD oil in 2014, but this was only available to approved patients though. Furthermore, patients needed to have a letter of recommendation from their physician to buy and use CBD oil.
In 2018, House Bill 3001 was approved by the state’s lawmakers, legalizing the use of hemp-derived CBD. Not only did this law legalized hemp production, but it also legalized the sale and use of hemp-derived CBD products, provided they don’t contain more than 0.3% THC.
More importantly, this new law gave residents (not just approved patients) access to hemp-derived CBD products even without a doctor’s recommendation.
The state’s CBD law was furthered strengthened when, in December 2018, the federal government passed the 2018 Farm Bill. This bill fully legalized hemp and all its parts, as long as its THC level is no more than 0.3%.
Hemp containing more than this limit is considered marijuana and is, therefore, illegal.
The use of marijuana-derived CBD and medical marijuana products was also legalized in 2018. However, marijuana-derived products are only available to approved patients with qualifying medical problems. Moreover, approved patients must have a medical cannabis card to purchase such products.
Some residents might be confused about the state’s THC limit. To avoid confusion, hemp-derived CBD products are limited to less than 0.3% THC. Marijuana-derived products, on the other hand, have a 20 mg THC limit per single dose.
Do You Need a Prescription to Buy CBD Oil in Utah?
No. You won’t need a prescription or even a doctor’s recommendation to buy hemp-derived CBD oil in Utah. You also don’t need to be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition to purchase hemp-derived CBD oil.
However, for marijuana-derived CBD oil, you’ll need to register in the state’s medical-marijuana program and obtain a medical card to buy CBD oil.
Do You Need a Medical Card to Buy CBD Oil in Utah?
For hemp-derived CBD oil, you won’t be required to get a medical card to buy them online or from local dispensaries.
However, you’ll need a medical card to buy marijuana-derived CBD oil in Utah. To get a medical marijuana card, you have to have a doctor’s recommendation and be diagnosed with any of the state’s qualifying medical conditions.
Once you have a doctor’s recommendation, you’ll then have to register with the state’s Department of Health and apply for a medical card.
Is CBD Legal in Utah for Minors?
Under Utah law, persons of all ages can buy, possess, and use CBD, as long as it’s extracted from legal hemp containing less than 0.3% THC.
If you’re thinking of giving CBD oil to a minor, we suggest speaking with his doctor first.
However, it’s illegal for persons under the age of 21 to use marijuana-derived CBD oil without a patient card. They’ll need to submit a petition and be approved by the state’s Compassionate Use Board to get their medical card.
Is Traveling with CBD legal in Utah?
Traveling with CBD oil derived from legal hemp should be fine within Utah and when crossing state borders. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and all its parts as long as its THC level doesn’t exceed 0.3%.
If you’re a medical marijuana patient with a valid card, then traveling with marijuana-derived CBD oil within the state is okay.
However, crossing state borders with a CBD oil containing higher than 0.3% THC could land you in legal problems. Under federal law, marijuana is still considered illegal.
Can You Fly with CBD?
Yes, you can fly with hemp-derived CBD oil. Just have with you a copy of the product’s laboratory report showing its THC level.
Don’t fly with marijuana-derived CBD oil though. Marijuana’s still prohibited federally, and flying with a CBD oil containing more than the legal limit of 0.3% THC is a crime.
What Type of CBD is Right for You?
CBD comes in three forms. You have CBD isolates (pure CBD), broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum CBD.
As the name implies, a CBD isolate product only has CBD in it. It contains no traces of other cannabinoids and terpenes, for that matter.
Broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD products are similar in that they both contain other cannabinoids and terpenes. The only difference between the two is that full-spectrum CBD contains THC and broad-spectrum is THC-free.
In Utah, residents have access to all three CBD forms.
These three types of CBD help relieve health problems. However, there’s a common consensus that full-spectrum CBD products are the most potent. It offers the most benefits through the entourage effect.
The entourage effect means that all the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the product work together in normalizing and maintaining your health. They amplify each other’s therapeutic effects, making the product stronger.
Is Marijuana Legal in Utah?
As mentioned earlier, marijuana for adult use is illegal in Utah. Possession of recreational marijuana is considered a misdemeanor and can land you in jail.
Cultivation, sale, transport, and possession of paraphernalia for recreational marijuana are also illegal.
The length of incarceration depends on the severity of your crime. Marijuana-related offenses can mean anywhere between 6 months and 15 years in jail with a fine ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
As for medical marijuana, it was legalized in 2018 but only became operational in 2020. Several changes in the state’s medical cannabis laws have also been made, and these took effect in January 2021.
- You need to register with the state’s medical-marijuana program.
- You have to be diagnosed with any of the state’s qualifying medical conditions.
- You have to have a medical marijuana card before you can purchase medical marijuana products. Before 2021, you only needed a doctor’s recommendation.
- You need to have a doctor’s recommendation though to apply for a medical marijuana card.
- You’re only allowed to buy medical marijuana products in Utah from state-licensed dispensaries. Buying them out of state is prohibited.
- Patients under the age of 21 who need access to medical marijuana must submit a petition to the state’s Compassionate Use Board for approval.
How Much Marijuana Can I Buy or Grow?
Medical marijuana cardholders are allowed to possess and purchase a 30-day supply of unprocessed marijuana flowers of up to 113 grams.
They’re also allowed to possess and purchase a 30-day supply of a total composite THC content of no more than 20 grams in all other medicinal dosage forms.
Home cultivation of marijuana for medical use is prohibited.
Is Smoking Marijuana Legal in Utah?
Smoking marijuana, even for medical purposes is prohibited in Utah. If you’re caught smoking weed in Utah, you’ll find yourself facing a lot of legal problems.
If you’re a medical marijuana cardholder, the only way you can consume unprocessed marijuana flowers is through flameless methods like using a vape pen or an electric dabbing rig.
Of note, the state no longer requires unprocessed cannabis flowers to be contained in blister packs, with each blister containing no more than one gram of flower.
Instead, Utah now allows the glass and plastic containers, as long as these are opaque, tamper-evident, and tamper-resistant containers.
What are the Types of Marijuana Allowed in Utah?
The only forms of CBD and medical marijuana products allowed in Utah are capsules and tables, oils and tinctures, transdermal preparations, concentrates (wax or resin), as well as lozenges.
Unprocessed marijuana flowers are allowed. However, these can only be consumed through flameless methods, not smoking.
Edibles like baked goods and candies are not allowed.
When Did Utah Legalize Marijuana?
Utah approved of a low-THC CBD oil in 2014, but the requirements were strict. Patients must be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition to register with the state’s program. They must also have a doctor’s recommendation to buy CBD.
In 2018, Utah legalized hemp-derived CBD products, as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC. This new law made CBD products accessible to residents and patients even without a doctor’s recommendation.
That same year, medical marijuana was legalized in the state. This gave approved patients access to medical marijuana products.
As of 2021 though, only approved patients with medical marijuana cards are allowed to legally buy, consume, and possess marijuana-derived products.
All forms of recreational marijuana remain illegal in Utah. Marijuana — both medical and recreational — is also illegal under federal law.
Final Thoughts — Buying CBD in Utah
CBD comes from hemp and marijuana, and both are legal in Utah.
Residents are allowed to buy, possess, and use hemp-derived CBD products, while only medical marijuana cardholders are allowed to buy, possess, and use marijuana-derived products.
If you’re looking for premium-quality CBD oil in Utah, do some research first. Know who the manufacturer is and read reviews about their products.
Make sure, too, that the CBD oil you’re buying is laboratory-tested by a third party.
Nina created CFAH.org following the birth of her second child. She was a science and math teacher for 6 years prior to becoming a parent — teaching in schools in White Plains, New York and later in Paterson, New Jersey.
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Where to Buy CBD in Utah in 2022
If you’re looking to purchase legal CBD in Utah, you’ll need to know a few things about the law before placing an order. This article will clear up any concerns you might have about CBD in Utah and point you in the direction of reliable suppliers locally and online.
CBD has seen tremendous growth in popularity over the last few years. As more states begin to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, people are wondering how to get their hands on CBD for themselves.
However, the industry is loosely regulated, which means that there are a lot of sketchy and fake products on the market.
Therefore, your best bet for finding high-quality CBD in Utah is to place your order with a trustworthy online store.
An excellent place to start your search for CBD is to review the laws regarding marijuana products in Utah.
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Is CBD Legal in Utah in 2022?
YES! CBD is legal to purchase and consume in Utah. However, the laws change depending on how your CBD was produced.
CBD can be made using marijuana and industrial hemp plants. Although the plants look nearly identical, there is one key difference when it comes to extracting CBD.
Marijuana plants contain high levels of THC, which is the chemical that gets you high.
According to federal and state laws, marijuana-derived CBD is illegal, and possession can lead to fines and jail time.
On the other hand, industrial hemp plants only contain trace amounts of THC. You couldn’t use an industrial hemp plant to get stoned even if you wanted to.
CBD produced using industrial hemp will generally contain less than 0.3% THC. Using industrial hemp CBD means that you’ll get all the benefits of CBD without worrying about the psychoactive effects of THC.
Industrial hemp isn’t considered marijuana in the eyes of the Federal Government. After the introduction of the 2018 Farm Bill, industrial hemp was removed from the federal list of Controlled Substances.
What does this mean?
CBD produced from industrial hemp is legal to buy and sell.
How to Find Quality CBD in Utah
As we mentioned before, the CBD industry is growing at a crazy pace. There are hundreds of products available over the counter and online, and some of them are downright dangerous.
The industry is almost entirely unregulated, so this news isn’t overly shocking. A lot of companies are trying to make a quick buck off of uninformed customers before new laws and regulations are introduced.
But don’t be afraid — there are a few steps you can take to protect yourself from fake CBD companies.
1. Look for Third-Party Testing
Only buy CBD from companies that can produce third-party lab tests. This is the most important step when buying any CBD. These labs ensure that what you are buying is actually CBD and doesn’t contain any dangerous chemicals. If a company can’t provide the tests, don’t give it your money.
2. Avoid Hyperinflated Claims
If a company claims that CBD is a miracle drug, it’s a good idea to avoid it. Some companies are taking advantage of uneducated buyers by claiming that CBD can cure diseases and rid them of their symptoms completely. Although CBD is a fantastic way to manage symptoms, it’s not going to cure any diseases overnight. This is a surefire way to tell if a company is sketchy.
3. Look for Full-Spectrum CBD Products
Only purchase full-spectrum CBD products. These capture the other beneficial cannabinoids and other compounds that contribute to the entourage effect.
4. Buy CO2 Extracted CBD
Make sure your CBD oils are extracted using CO2. CO2 extraction is by far the best way to produce CBD. This process doesn’t need any additional heat or solvents, which helps keep your CBD clean. The equipment required to do CO2 extraction is also quite expensive, so it’s a good sign that the company is committed to quality.
Following these steps will put you on the path to a high-quality CBD supplier.
Where to Buy CBD in Utah
While you wait for Utah’s medical marijuana program to be fully operational, your best bet for finding local CBD is in vape stores, head shops, and natural health outlets.
In our experience, ordering CBD online through reputable vendors is the most convenient way to get the right product for your needs.
Shopping online for CBD offers several major benefits.
First, the products found online are almost always less expensive. Running a physical storefront costs a lot of money, and the prices usually reflect that. Online retailers can offer bulk purchase options and discount deals that would be very difficult to find locally.
There is a wide variety of CBD products available online. Local shops don’t have the space to store all of the different CBD products you can find online. CBD can be found in tinctures, oils, vape liquids, creams, lotions, waxes, balms, and pet treats.
Lastly, online stores are specialists in the world of CBD. Many online CBD stores sell one thing only: CBD. Therefore, you can be confident that you are buying from a source that knows its business. If you shop locally, you’ll likely have to buy your products from a vape or head shop that happens to stock CBD.
If you would rather shop locally, we have made a shortlist of stores where you should be able to find CBD over the counter in Utah.
See if you can find your city on our list below.
Local Stores in Utah
You shouldn’t have too much trouble tracking down a local source of CBD in Utah.
However, remember to conduct a background check on any local CBD supplier before consuming its products. Follow our checklist above to find a trustworthy local CBD supplier.
Is Marijuana Legal in Utah in 2022?
Currently, recreational marijuana is illegal in Utah. However, the Beehive State’s marijuana laws took a big leap forward in 2018, with the introduction of a limited medical marijuana program.
However, Utah’s medical marijuana program will take some time to become fully implemented and functional, so let’s first take a look at possession outside of medical marijuana.
Marijuana Possession Penalties in Utah
Police do not treat marijuana possession in Utah lightly. Being caught with even a small amount can lead to fines and jail time.
Possession of under an ounce is a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of $1900 and up to 180 days in jail.
Possession of more than an ounce but less than 16 ounces (approximately 1 pound) is a Class A misdemeanor and will cost up to $4750 in fines and could see you spending a year in jail.
If you’re caught with more than 16 ounces, your charge becomes a felony. This can be punished with up to five years in prison and a fine of $9500. The same felony charges apply to the cultivation or growing of any amount of marijuana.
Often, you’re charged with more than just simple possession. For instance, you might be caught with drug paraphernalia or while driving, both of which can add substantial fines as well as time to your jail sentence.
Medical Marijuana in Utah
In 2014, Utah initially approved the use of CBD to treat severe cases of epilepsy in children. The Hemp Registration Act exempted qualifying patients from prosecution for possession of CBD products that have less than 0.3% THC and a CBD content of at least 5%. Although low-THC CBD became legal, there are a ton of qualifications for anyone to be treated with it.
To Qualify for CBD Under the Hemp Registration Act, You:
- Must be a resident of Utah and at least 18 years of age.
- Must obtain a Hemp Extract Registration Card (which costs $200 per year).
- Can only possess CBD with no more than 0.3% THC and at least 5% CBD.
- Must be diagnosed with epilepsy by a neurologist and unresponsive to more than three different treatments.
- Must have a signed recommendation from a neurologist saying that cannabis is beneficial.
- Cannot possess other any other types of cannabis.
- Must store your CBD in the original container with the label.
As you can see, this law didn’t do much for increasing access to CBD for those in need.
In November 2018, Utah voters approved Proposition 2, which would make medical marijuana legal for patients with certain qualifying medical conditions.
The state then passed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act in December 2018, which laid down the framework for how marijuana would be supplied to eligible patients.
You Must Have One of the Following Severe Medical Conditions to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Utah:
Is Delta 8 THC Legal in Utah in 2022?
Delta 8 falls into a gray area in most states, except for those who have outlawed it. It’s legal federally as long as it meets the same standards CBD is held under — it must be extracted from hemp and have less than 0.3% THC.
People love this cannabinoid because of how similar it is to delta 9 (THC), but that’s also why governments hate it. Unfortunately, banning it means people don’t have access to this natural medicine that could be beneficial to them.
How to Buy Delta 8 THC
You can’t buy it in Utah, but if you could, we would tell you to take the same steps you need to take when buying CBD.
- Look for third-party tests.
- Read customer reviews.
- Online is best — quality, pricing, and selection are better overall.
If there comes a time when you can buy delta 8, check out the following companies for the highest-quality delta 8 around:
Recommended CBD Retailers in Utah
Salt Lake City
West Valley City
All of these stores should have knowledgeable staff who can point you in the direction of a reliable CBD supplier in Utah.
If you’re a part of the medical program, a dispensary is a good place to shop.
If you are having trouble finding a trustworthy CBD supplier near you, take your search online. There are a ton of reputable companies selling the right product for your needs.
Final Notes on Buying CBD in Utah
Although Utah’s recreational marijuana laws are lagging behind some of its neighboring states, it has recently introduced a medical marijuana program.
Therefore, things are looking up for those in need of marijuana in Utah.
Always investigate any company selling CBD before you buy to protect yourself from sketchy CBD products. This is especially true of products sold over the counter because it’s harder to verify the source.
As always, we recommend that you buy CBD online to get the best products for the lowest prices.