In order to be afforded legal protection of the Colorado Medical Marijuana law, qualified medical marijuana patients must register with the state patient registry and possess a valid identification card by submitting a marijuana card application with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
Registered patients may possess no more than two ounces of a usable form of marijuana. And may not cultivate more than six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are producing a usable form of marijuana.
***Changes to Fee Waiver Process: Effective January 1, 2012, the Registry will only accept certified Colorado tax returns as proof of income. To apply for a fee waiver, patients must submit a Request for Fee Waiver/Tax-Exempt Status (Form #MMR1010) with their application packet. Several community partners have asked the Registry how patients who are not required to file a tax return can meet these requirements.
“A person who is not required to file a federal return would generally report $0 federal taxable income, although their gross income would have to be reported on line 25 of the Colorado return,” said Richard Giardini, Taxpayer Service Division Director for the Colorado Department of Revenue. “There are many volunteer groups that prepare returns for the low income for free.”
***Application fee reduced: Effective January 1, 2012, the application fee is $35. Please advise patients to carefully assess the application fee that must be submitted with their paperwork.
* Please note: The Registry has a ‘no refund’ policy.
***New Forms December 2011: The Registry has released new versions of all forms effective December 1, 2011. Modifications have been made to the forms in response, to regulatory changes and the reduction of application fees, effective January 1, 2012.
The forms also feature changes recommended by community partners. Please begin using these forms immediately. The Registry will accept the October 2011 version of Physician Certifications until February 29, 2012.
Despite the availability of recreational marijuana in the Centennial State, it’s better to have a medical marijuana card because: