Updated on December 28, 2018.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Colorado Medical Marijuana Card
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.
Benefits of the Colorado Marijuana Card
Despite the availability of recreational marijuana in the Centennial State, it’s better to have a medical marijuana card because:
- You’ll pay lower taxes as a card-carrying medical cannabis patient
- Patients can grow larger quantities of marijuana plants
- You’ll be able to purchase more weed at one time
- Medical cannabis patients have access to a greater quality and quantity of marijuana
- Medicinal marijuana is more potent than recreational strains
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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Colorado
- Patients are required to obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from their primary care physician describing the diagnosis of their qualifying condition — *Learn how to request your medical records
- To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a Colorado physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions, as is specifically identified in the law:
- Acute Stress Disorders or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition other than HIV, cancer or glaucoma; or treatment for such conditions, which produces for a specific patient one or more of the following, and for which, in the professional opinion of the patient’s physician, such condition or conditions may reasonably be alleviated by the medical use of marijuana: cachexia; severe pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those that are characteristic of epilepsy; persistent muscle spasms including those that are characteristic of multiple sclerosis; and other condition, as subject to the approval of the Colorado Board of Health.
- * Patients and physician alike may petition to include other medical conditions that would benefit from the medical use of marijuana, in the event the patient’s condition is found to be invalid by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
- Patients are required to obtain a signed Physician’s Statement from a physician, currently licensed to practice medicine in Colorado — *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Colorado
- Upon receiving a signed physician’s statement, all patients are required to register with the Arizona Department of Health Services, Medical Marijuana Registry Program — registration is mandatory.
- To register, patients must apply online. Patients who do not have access to the internet may apply by mail, but these applicants won’t have access to their online account.
Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry Application Forms and Instructions
CO MMJ Registry – Application
CO MMJ Registry – Minor Application
CO MMJ Registry – Change of Patient Records
CO MMJ Registry – Report of Lost or Stolen Card
CO MMJ Registry – Request for Patient Info
CO MMJ Registry – Caregiver Registration
CO MMJ Registry – Caregiver Limit Waiver
CO MMJ Registry – Removal of Caregiver
CO MMJ Registry – Request of Fee Waiver/Tax-Exempt Status
CO MMJ Registry – Change of Homebound Status
CO MMJ Registry – Request to Surrender Card
CO MMJ Registry – Common Mistakes
CO MMJ Registry – Tips
CO MMJ Registry – FAQs