The marijuana situation in the Beehive State—Utah’s nickname—is very interesting. It is completely blown out of proportion by the naive government, which doesn’t care to read statistics and facts about the rampant pharmaceutical overdosing problem that is the plague of the area.
Aside from being heavily regulated by law enforcement, there is some awesome weed culture in the downtown areas of Utah. And despite being heavily regulated, it is easy to say that there is massive amounts of weed being consumed in this land locked, religiously dominated state. After all, Colorado is just a short drive to the east, and Nevada and California are a short drive to the west.
The legalization situation in Utah is so dire that the moment that Utah Proposition 2 passed in the state legislature in November 2018 to legalize medical marijuana, the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints was highly influential in a controversial alteration of the bill. The Utah State Legislature put a substitution in the bill, just a month after passing the initial legislation. The alteration created a state-run medical cannabis program.
Lawsuit after lawsuit, Utah is figuring out (slowly) that marijuana is just a plant, which grows from the earth. With this realization, the view that there is a rampant problem with pharmaceutical drugs in the state is rightfully emerging from the horizon.
Here’s the Utah scoop:
You have to poke around for quality herb in Utah. But it’s definitely there. And for the price, there have been instances where you can buy a decent ounce for just over $100. However, a high-quality ounce will be about the same as what you would pay at the dispensaries in the neighboring states. Homegrown weed in Utah doesn’t compare to a dispensary-quality indoor strain.
Finding weed in Utah for a traveler can’t be hard. Go to the downtown areas of Ogden, or Salt Lake City, and you will find plenty of people that could likely help you find weed. It’s like anywhere else in the world; if you go to a college, or a place where people are drinking, you are likely to find the marijuana that you are looking for. If you are in the national parks area of Southern Utah, marijuana may be less casual to find. It might be easier to take a short road trip to Las Vegas from Zion, or cross the border to Colorado from Moab.
With the independent growing that happens within Utah, and all the the weed traffic that comes from either side of Colorado and Nevada, you will find that marijuana prices are generally lower than either of the surrounding states where the plant is legal to smoke. Because it is still on the black market, the prices highly fluctuate, and residents have dealt with lots of frustration in the past at encountering the high quality good stuff.
Oil cartridges have become increasingly popular in Utah, and you can find homemade or independently made oil in pens that are half-decent. Having said this, the extracts that are made in California and Colorado seem to be of much higher quality than the cartridges that are filled with homemade oil in Utah.
There is a well-known problem with the use of hard drugs in Utah: heroin, and pills with the same effect, such as Oxycontin. If anything, this problem will help the push for marijuana legalization in the state. And definitely, it is a problem. You will find help banners along the highway trying to make people aware of the drug problem.
According to health.utah.gov, Utah has ranked in the Top10 in the nation for opioid overdose deaths over the last 10 years.
The relationship that Mormons (Latter Day Saint movement) have with weed is extensive. Practicing Mormons generally don’t use marijuana. With everything, there are exceptions, and the same exceptions apply with Mormons and marijuana. Although it is prohibited by church leaders, and technically members are not allowed to enter the temples for worship practices if they use marijuana, the flower might be growing more popular among the Mormons.
It seems as though the police are starting to care less and less about people possessing small amounts of weed. Still, the police crack down on the trafficking of the plant, especially at the border between Colorado and Nevada; we see cops patrolling relentlessly, day by day.
There has been a brighter attitude by law enforcement in more recent years concerning possession. Before a few years ago, police would, more often than not, try to find a way to take you to the station for having marijuana. Now a days, it’s less of a big deal. If you are lucky, you will only receive a citation if the cops find your weed. It’s like if you were traveling with weed in a state where it’s legal—just don’t smoke in the car.
So, if you are planning a trip to see some of the most beautiful national parks in the world, or maybe planning to move to the north of Utah where you can find, undoubtedly, some of the best skiing in the world, remember to travel with care through the state. At the same time, remember not to worry.
If you are a responsible person, all will be well if you are stopped by the police. Speed limits are a smart thing to follow if you are passing through Utah, and all is not lost if the police take your weed that you bought in California or Nevada. Continuing east, you will encounter an equal, if not better economy of people casually using recreational marijuana in Colorado.