Prospective medical marijuana growers in Utah face a longer-than-expected wait because a state agency postponed the decision to award licenses.

State regulators announced they delayed until the end of July the announcement of who will grow the state’s medical marijuana.Eighty-one farmers and entrepreneurs applied for the state’s 10 grower licenses.A July 15 deadline initially had been set for the decision.

Utah joined 33 states in legalizing marijuana after voters approved a medical cannabis law last year.

The state also will choose licensed processors to make medical marijuana products to be sold in dispensaries, possibly as soon as 2020.

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Utah delays awarding medicinal marijuana cultivation licenses