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Colorado Medical Marijuana Facts

Colorado Medical Marijuana Statistics & Marijuana Facts

Colorado citizens passed Amendment 20 in 2001, which established the Colorado medical marijuana program and set up a regulatory framework. On June 1st,  2001, the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry Program began processing applications for Registry identification cards (AKA medical marijuana cards). The latest batch of marijuana facts from the registry indicates that since then, 157,392 Colorado patients have applied for medical marijuana cards since that time. The registry's marijuana statistics also indicate that there are currently 102,592 marijuana patients with valid Colorado marijuana cards.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Facts 2011:

  • Medical marijuana recommendations have been signed by over 1,100 Colorado doctors.
  • The average age of all Colorado marijuana patients is 41. At this time, only 44 patients are minors (under the age of 18).
  • 68% of applicants approved for a medical marijuana card in Colorado are male.
  • According to the registry's cannabis facts, more than half of all Colorado patients, 55%, are concentrated in the Denver-metro area which encompasses the counties of Denver, Boulder, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson and Broomfield. The other 45% is more evenly spread throughout the state.
  • All of the conditions covered under Colorado's medical marijuana law are represented by patients on the registry. Here, the facts about marijuana in Colorado indicate that 94% of patients report severe pain as a condition; the next most reported condition is muscle spasm, at 18%.  The marijuana statistics go over 100% because many patients have multiple qualifying conditions.
  • 63% of Colorado patients have designated a primary care-giver. A care-giver is a person responsible for managing the care of an individual with a debilitating condition, who may otherwise be unable to get their medical marijuana.

Marijuana Statistics and Facts: Medical Marijuana Conditions

Reported Condition

Number of Patients Reporting Condition

Percent of Patients Reporting Condition

Cachexia

1,462

1%

Cancer

2,552

2%

Glaucoma

996

1%

HIV/AIDS

588

1%

Muscle Spasms

18,610

18%

Seizures

1,579

2%

Severe Pain

96,326

94%

Severe Nausea

12,468

12%

Marijuana Statistics and Facts: Marijuana Patient Age and Sex

Sex

Percent on Registry

Average Age**

Male

68%

40

Female

32%

43

Marijuana Statistics and Facts: Marijuana Patients by County

County

Number of Patients

Percent of Patients

Adams

6,897

7%

Alamosa

324

<1%

Arapahoe

9,090

9%

Archuleta

373

<1%

Baca

52

<1%

Bent

41

<1%

Boulder

9,435

9%

Broomfield

1,041

1%

Chaffee

577

1%

Cheyenne

27

<1%

Clear Creek

426

<1%

Conejos

123

<1%

Costilla

154

<1%

Crowley

64

<1%

Custer

96

<1%

Delta

734

1%

Denver

15,148

15%

Dolores

77

<1%

Douglas

3,291

3%

Eagle

1,127

1%

El Paso

12,521

12%

Elbert

334

<1%

Fremont

1,038

1%

Garfield

1,478

1%

Gilpin

383

<1%

Grand

332

<1%

Gunnison

439

<1%

Hinsdale

16

<1%

Huerfano

183

<1%

Jackson

19

<1%

Jefferson

11,269

11%

Kiowa

13

<1%

Kit Carson

55

<1%

La Plata

1,779

2%

Lake

214

<1%

Larimer

6,022

6%

Las Animas

246

<1%

Lincoln

39

<1%

Logan

190

<1%

Mesa

2,874

3%

Mineral

12

<1%

Moffat

218

<1%

Montezuma

631

1%

Montrose

826

1%

Morgan

166

<1%

Otero

188

<1%

Ouray

146

<1%

Park

727

1%

Phillips

25

<1%

Pitkin

764

1%

Prowers

90

<1%

Pueblo

2,520

2%

Rio Blanco

79

<1%

Rio Grande

172

<1%

Routt

984

1%

Saguache

230

<1%

San Juan

32

<1%

San Miguel

489

<1%

Sedgwick

19

<1%

Summit

1,078

1%

Teller

935

1%

Washington

46

<1%

Weld

3,597

4%

Yuma

77

<1%