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Laws for Medical Marijuana Use in Colorado

Medical and recreational marijuana are legal in Colorado. Medical marijuana doctors in Colorado certified to write recommendations for medical cannabis are pre-registered in the state’s MMJ system. After you receive your recommendation, you can then apply for Colorado’s medical marijuana card called a Red Card.

Although Colorado residents over 21 years old can purchase marijuana from licensed commercial cannabis shops, it remains beneficial for medical marijuana patients to obtain a Red Card by visiting a Colorado marijuana doctor for a recommendation.

Why Get a Red Card?

When you have a medical marijuana card in Colorado, you are allowed to cultivate additional plants have an assigned caretaker grow plants for you. You’ll also pay less sales tax, get access to different marijuana strains and buy two ounces of medical marijuana instead of the one ounce permitted by recreational users.

Before scheduling an appointment with a Colorado marijuana doctor, you need to have documentation from your primary care physician describing your diagnosed condition and treatments previous used to alleviate symptoms. Currently, the Colorado Medical Marijuana Program lists the following diseases and disorders eligible for treatment with medical marijuana:

  • Severe muscle spasms
  • Epilepsy/seizures
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Wasting/cachexia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Neuropathy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Migraines
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Be aware that Colorado medical marijuana doctors cannot recommend medical cannabis for the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Clinical depression
  • Hypertension
  • Opioid dependence
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • PTSD/severe anxiety

More Information About Medical Marijuana in Colorado

People choosing to rely on licensed medical marijuana dispensaries for purchasing their cannabis need to give the dispensary a copy of the recommendation certificate from a Colorado medical marijuana doctor. This document should have the approved ounce count and plant strain needed to treat the patient’s medical condition. Even if a patient hasn’t received their medical marijuana card yet in the mail, they can still buy marijuana at a medical dispensary, as long as they print out their patient application and physician certificate from the state’s system.

If you are interested in obtaining a recommendation for medical marijuana, the Colorado Department of Health suggests asking your primary care doctor about a referral. If your doctor cannot help you, our website offers numerous listings of Colorado medical marijuana doctors willing to assist you with obtaining a MMJ registry card in Colorado. is the Internet’s leading directory providing a list of certified Colorado marijuana doctors who believe in the therapeutic benefits of marijuana for easing symptoms of debilitating medical conditions. You can check the state listings to view physician business hours, location, dispensary delivery information, reviews and other details helpful for obtaining your MMJ card. We also provide telehealth portal services so patients can interact with doctors online from the comfort of their own home.

We are accredited by NORML and the Americans for Safe Access Organization which promotes legal, safe access to MMJ use and research. You can contact anytime using our convenient online email form. We usually reply to questions or concerns within 24 hours.

Colorado Medical Cannabis Program Details For Patients