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Colorado Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

Colorado Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 01/20/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws

How do I get medical marijuana in Colorado? Is marijuana legal in Colorado? What’s the difference between a marijuana recommendation and a marijuana prescription? How do I find a medical marijuana doctor?


With different rules for each medical marijuana state, it can be difficult to find the answers to these questions. So we’ve compiled this Colorado Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet to make it a little easier to obtain the medicine you need.

State Measure: Colorado Amendment 20
Date Passed: November 7, 2000
Defenses Provided: Colorado Amendment 20 exempts medical marijuana patients from prosecution if they are in lawful possession of a medical marijuana card. Those not registered with the state of Colorado may use Amendment 20 as an affirmative defense if they are otherwise in compliance with the law.
Medical Marijuana Uses: Medical marijuana patients in Colorado can use cannabis for the following medical reasons: Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, or a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition which produces one or more of the following: cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures (including those that are characteristic of epilepsy) or persistent muscle spasms (including those that are characteristic of multiple sclerosis).
Documentation Needed: Medical Marijuana patients in Colorado must be diagnosed by a licensed physician (prior to arrest) as having a debilitating medical condition and “advised” by the doctor, in the context of a bona fide physician-patient relationship, that the patient “might benefit” from medical marijuana.
Marijuana Card Program: It is mandatory for medical marijuana patients to obtain a medical marijuana card. Patients and caregivers in Colorado must register with the state Department of Public Health and Environment.
Cannabis Possession and Growing Limits: Under Colorado Medical Marijuana law,  patients in Colorado may possess up to two usable ounces of cannabis and cultivate six plants, three of which may be mature. Patients may also use affirmative defense to argue that greater amounts are medically necessary.
Caregiver Provisions: Medical Marijuana patients in Colorado may designate an individual who has significant responsibility for managing the wellbeing of the patient as a caregiver.

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