The race is on in Utah for a cannabis cultivation license.
On Friday, state agriculture officials began inviting applications from prospective growers who will be vying for one of 10 cultivation licenses. That puts the state on track for cannabis plants to begin growing this year, with the first medical marijuana products ready for patients in early 2020, according to a news release.
“I’ll say that we’re pleasantly surprised to see the urgency with which regulators are moving forward,” said Connor Boyack, a medical cannabis advocate who helped craft Utah’s new marijuana law. “When we were working on the law, implementation was always a concern. We’ve seen in other states, the program rollout gets dragged on for months if not years.”