ALL NEWS

Medical marijuana pharmacies turn away patients

Mar 4, 2020, 6:50 PM
Several Utahns say they have been turned away from medical marijuana pharmacies days after the state's first officially licensed pharmacy opened.

SALT LAKE CITY – Just days after Utah’s medical marijuana pharmacies opened, patients across the state are being turned away. It’s a situation that is frustrating for both pharmacists and patients and has lawmakers scrambling to fix the problem.

The main issue is many patients do not have their medical marijuana cards due to glitches in the state’s online portal that helps people sign up for those cards.

Both patients and doctors have reported problems accessing the online portal or going through the paperwork.

Kevin Baumgartner, the chief pharmacist at Dragonfly Wellness in Salt Lake City, says they have had to turn away people who have come to the pharmacy with just their doctor’s recommendation.

Baumgartner says it’s been heartbreaking.

“Yesterday, we had a Stage 4 cancer patient that had their [doctor’s recommendation] letter but we were not able to get them the medication they need to help their pain,” Baumgartner says.

He also says it has hurt business.

“The first day [we were open] we were able to serve around 13, 14 patients. Today, we’ve had about five patients,” Baumgartner says.

Some Utah lawmakers will speed a bill to let people use their doctor’s recommendations.

 

More on Medical marijuana pharmacies:

Governor signs bill clarifying medical marijuana law

Department of Health announces 14 medical marijuana pharmacies to open in Utah

Layton considers zoning changes to make way for medical marijuana

Today’s Top Stories

All News

This photos shows the gate to the Duke Energy West End substation in Moore County, N.C. on Sunday, ...
Nouran Salahieh and Hannah Sarisohn, CNN

Tens of thousands still in the dark after ‘targeted’ attacks on North Carolina power substations

With no suspects or motive announced, the FBI joins the investigation into power outages in a North Carolina county.
7 hours ago
Man who shot Lady Gaga's dog walker...
Taylor Romine and Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN

Man involved in shooting of Lady Gaga’s dog walker sentenced to 21 years in prison

Originally Published: 05 DEC 22 21:53 ET     (CNN) — One of the people charged in the shooting and robbery of Lady Gaga’s dog walker last year has been sentenced to 21 years in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said Monday. James Howard Jackson, 20, pleaded no contest to one count of […]
7 hours ago
Great Salt Lake State Park and Marina...
Mark Jones

How much will it take to save the Great Salt Lake?

A bipartisan bill was passed in the U.S. Senate aimed at giving funding toward the study of The Great Salt Lake and other saline lakes in the west.
1 day ago
goblin mode...
Christian Edwards, CNN

‘Goblin mode’ chosen as Oxford word of the year for 2022

According to OUP, the term refers to a behavior which is "self-indulgent, lazy, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations."
1 day ago
free national park...
Aimee Cobabe

Lawsuit against Arches National Park after incident resulting in the death of a woman

A trial is underway after a woman was decapitated at Arches National Park. Her family alleges the park was negligent in not securing a gate that killed her.
1 day ago
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19:  The U.S. Capitol is shown as a looming government shutdown threatens ...
Manu Raju and Phil Mattingly, CNN

Defense bill likely to include end to military Covid vaccine mandate, source says

A massive bill setting defense policy is likely to end the military Covid vaccine mandate, a source familiar with the negotiations tells CNN.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Medical marijuana pharmacies turn away patients