Utah’s medical marijuana law limits growing to only 10 farms in entire state

Marijuana plants at a dispensary in Oakland, Calif., Jan. 1, 2018 | Associated Press file photo by Mathew Sumner, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah will allow 10 growers to produce the state’s medical marijuana — a limit state officials say will prevent overproduction but that a marijuana business consultant says could cause shortages.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the medical cannabis law enacted last year limits each grower to cultivating no more than 4 acres outdoors or 100,000 square feet indoors.

The state expects that growers under the cap will be able to produce enough to supply 100,000 patients for a year.

The state aimed for the limits to prevent excess marijuana from ending up in the illegal drug trade while still producing just enough to supply patients.

Cannabis business consultant Justin Arriola says the state’s patient projections might be too low.


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