Utah’s first medical cannabis pharmacy opened Monday, giving patients a long-awaited legal option for buying marijuana treatments without venturing outside the state and sneaking the products back to their homes.
The debut of Dragonfly Wellness at 711 State St. in Salt Lake City marks a milestone for the state’s medical marijuana program, which has been germinating for about 15 months since voters and lawmakers laid the groundwork for it.
“For far too long we’ve been told what we should do and what we shouldn’t do,” Narith Panh, Dragonfly’s chief strategy officer, told reporters at a morning news conference. “And now, finally, we have that option to be able to take back control of our own health, to take back control of our lifestyle, to take back control of how we manage our medical conditions.”
Dragonfly is one of 14 cannabis pharmacies expected to open up across the state this year, said Richard Oborn, who heads the state’s Center for Medical Cannabis.
Over the weekend, the state began accepting patient applications for medical cannabis cards, Oborn said early Friday, adding that the Utah Department of Health had so far issued 14. About 300 people have applied for the cards, he said. [Read more at The Salt Lake Tribune]