Megan Gyongyosi an environmental Scientist and Miles Maynes compliance lead for the cannabis program for Utah Department of Agriculture inspect a growing sites at a True North facility.
NORTH LOGAN – North Logan was designated by the Utah Department of Health to be in the first wave of 14 cannabis pharmacy licensed dispensaries to open in the state last week.
“True North of Utah was awarded the medical cannabis dispensary license in North Logan by the UDOH Monday Jan. 3,” said Sasha Clark of Dicio, a firm who represents the company. “True North was the top scoring application out of 103 applicants across the state.”
The company was also awarded one of Utah’s eight agriculture grow licenses, as they have decades of experience in agriculture.
“True North looks forward to being part of the community and establishing connections with local business and charities,” Clark said. “They are working on securing a North Logan property, but are still in the negotiation process.”
Mike Standlee, CEO of True North, has sold ag products for 40 years in Idaho and around the world. The Utah cannabis farm is in the Portage area near the Idaho border.
Richard Oborn, the media contact for the UDOH, said the requirements are stringent and deal with business practices, agriculture experience and legal issues. On those issues, True North came out on top of all other companies.
“The evaluation committee spent hundreds of hours evaluating applications from companies seeking a limited number of licenses,” Oborn said. “It was a highly competitive process and some qualified applicants will be disappointed, but that is the nature of the process.”
He said licenses have been divided among four geographic regions to ensure statewide access to medical cannabis for patients. No applicant was permitted to be licensed to operate more than two medical pharmacies.
The licensees will pay an annual fee of $50,000 to $69,000, depending on the type of licenses they received and the physical location of the pharmacy.
The following businesses will be issued a licenses by the UDOH.
- Beehive’s Own (two licenses) Salt Lake City and location TBD but will be in Box Elder, Morgan, or Rich County
- Bloom Medicinals, Cedar City
- Columbia Care, Springville
- Curaleaf, Lindon
- Deseret Wellness (two licenses), Park City and Provo
- Dragonfly Wellness, Salt Lake City
- Justice Grown Utah (two licenses), Salt Lake City and St. George
- Pure UT, Vernal
- True North of Utah (two licenses), Logan and Ogden
- Wholesome Therapy, West Bountiful
True North hopes to be one of the eight locations that open as early as March 2020, with another six possibly opening as early as July 2020.
One requirement mandates that the company receiving a license must have ownership of their proposed locations, and in some cases, their proposed locations may change.
Some medical cannabis pharmacies’ operating plans are pending department approval and their owners must still pass criminal background checks.
More information and announcements from UDOH regarding each location and opening dates will come at a later date.