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Medical Marijuana Colorado Statistics: Who Uses Medical Cannabis in CO?

Medical Marijuana Colorado Statistics: Who Uses Medical Cannabis in CO?

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 10/07/2010 in Medical Marijuana Patient Stories

In the November 2000 general election, Coloradoans passed Amendment 20, which establishes Colorado medical marijuana laws and allows qualified patients to use cannabis for approved medical conditions. And in the past year, more and more patients are turning to cannabis as their preferred medicine.

Since 2009, the number of medical marijuana patients has shot from 10,000 to more than 100,000, according to the latest estimate from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which oversees the state’s Med­­ical Mari­­­juana Reg­­istry and distributes medical marijuana cards. The estimate is based on the volume of applications the registry receives (about 650 new applications every day).

The number of medical marijuana clinics and medical marijuana doctors in Colorado has also risen. State officials have estimated that Colorado now has 1,100 medical marijuana centers and more than 1,000 different Colorado marijuana doctors have signed recommendations for patients.

According to the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry, other Colorado medical cannabis statistics include:

  • Seventy-three percent of approved applicants are male
  • The average age of all patients is 40
  • 22 patients are minors (under the age of 18)
  • Fifty-nine percent of patients reside in the Denver-metro and area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas & Jefferson counties), with the remainder of patients found in counties throughout Colorado
  • Severe pain is the number one cited medical condition, accounting for 93% of all reported conditions
  • Muscle spasms account for the second-most reported condition at 28%
  • Sixty-seven percent of patients have designated a primary care-giver (someone who has significant responsibility for managing the care of a patient with a debilitation medical condition)

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