How to Work In Cannabis

Requirements by State

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Politics, budgets, and public support vary widely by state, which means each state’s requirements to work in the cannabis industry look completely different from one another.* This map and corresponding state information is not updated in real time. For up-to-the-minute information on requirements to work in cannabis, visit the governing body links provided on each state page.

17States & DistrictsAdult use cannabis is legal
21States & DistrictsMedical cannabis is legal

How to get your cannabis license in:

Shape of Utah


Adult Use:
Market Overview:

Medical cannabis in Utah was legalized in 2018. Adult-use cannabis remains illegal, and possession of small amounts may result in criminal penalties.

Requirements & Application Process:

Who needs an Agent Card?:

All employees of a Medical Cannabis Cultivation, Processing, and Independent Lab Facility. “All employees of a Medical Cannabis Facility must have their Agent Card on them when working at their facility or transporting Cannabis Product between Facilities.” Utah Medical Cannabis Program, Agent Information


  • Must be employed by a license cannabis facility (you will need to enter work facility information during application process)
  • Cannot have any felonies and cannot have a misdemeanor for drug distribution after December 3, 2018
  • Must go through Agent Training either through Utah Cannabis Agent Training (UCAT) or through their employer (assuming the training materials are pre-approved by the Utah Department of Health)
  • Must submit payment of $150
  • Must submit fingerprints
Background Check Requirements:

All employees of a licensed cannabis facility must submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal history background check.

As stated under the requirements for an Agent Card, you cannot have any felonies and you cannot have a misdemeanor for drug distribution after December 3, 2018.

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