SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah health officials plan to award pharmacy licenses to 10 companies to dispense medical marijuana at 14 sites across the state, a major development in the program’s approaching launch.
The chosen sites announced Friday by the Department of Health are largely in metro Salt Lake City or elsewhere in northern Utah but also include two in southern Utah and one in rural eastern Utah.
Along with multiple sites in Salt Lake City, other northern Utah sites include West Bountiful, Ogden, Logan, Park City, Provo, Linden, Springville and a location that would be Box Elder County, Morgan County or Rich County.
The southern sites are Cedar City and St. George while the sole site in eastern Utah is Vernal.
The department said some locations could change because of various processes still underway, including site acquisitions, criminal background checks and reviews of operating plans.
Eight sites may open as early as March while others would open by July, the department said.
The locations were evaluated and chosen through a competitive scoring process from among more than 130 applications from more than 60 companies, the department said.
Criteria included medical marijuana experience, regulatory compliance, local community connections, a