Utah's Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Center for Medical Cannabis this week released notable statistics reflecting the industry's burgeoning traction in the state.
Perhaps the most noteworthy number was the increase in medical cannabis cardholders which jumped by 45%, from 42,646 in January 2022 to to 61,991 as of December 2022.
The number of qualified medical providers (QMPs) saw a 6% bump last year, reaching 895 by the end of the year.
The state also experienced a 462% spike in rural home deliveries year over year. Medical cannabis pharmacies made 15,107 home deliveries to patients living in rural counties, up from just 2,688 deliveries in 2021.
At the end of 2022, the state's 15th medical cannabis pharmacy opened. Located in Price, Dragonfly's second pharmacy is holding its grand opening today from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. In March 2020, Dragonfly opened the first medical cannabis pharmacy in the state in Salt Lake City.
In other news, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food renewed all cultivation licenses for 2023, and two new Tier 1 processors are expected to be approved in Salt Lake County in the next few months.