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CO Marijuana Qualification

Colorado Medical Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Colorado

November 07, 2000, Colorado voters approved Ballot Amendment 20, effectively removing state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana, by patients possessing a written recommendation from their certified physician, advising that he or she may “benefit from the medical use of marijuana”.

The Colorado Board of Health has created a set of rules and regulations which create a confidential statewide registry of medical marijuana patients and caregivers with ID cards for all registered patients. Under Amendment 20, patients, physicians and primary or alternate caregivers have an affirmative defense to criminal prosecution under the state’s marijuana laws. Colorado patients and their caregivers may possess no more than two ounces of a usable form of marijuana, and more than six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants.

What Ailments Qualify For Medical Cannabis in Colorado

Patients in Colorado diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the Colorado Medical Marijuana law, as per Ballot Amendment 20:

  • Cancer;
  • Glaucoma;
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition other than:
    • HIV
    • Cancer
    • 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:
  • 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.

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How to Become A Medical Marijuana Patient in Colorado

Patients must be a Colorado Resident with a valid Colorado I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have a Colorado I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.

Obtain an authenticated, written certification from a physician that is licensed in the state of Colorado, that states that you have been diagnosed with a debilitating condition and that you would likely receive benefit from medical marijuana — *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Colorado

Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from a primary care physician describing their diagnosis and bring these records with to their marijuana evaluation appointment — *Learn how to request your medical records

Upon receiving a physician’s medical marijuana recommendation, patient’s MUST register with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, to obtain a Medical Marijuana card. The cost is $90, and the application process may take up to 30 days.

Medical Marijuana Access in Colorado

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana doctors in Colorado will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.
According to Colorado medical marijuana laws, patient or their primary caregiver may possess no more than two ounces of a usable form of marijuana, have NO more than six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are producing a usable form of marijuana.

One of the issues involving access for patients who have conditions that meet medical marijuana qualifications in Colorado is red tape. Thousands of patients are having difficulty obtaining their medical cannabis cards due to a backlog in the system.

As of April 2017, some patients had to wait up to two months due to the state switching from a mail-based registration system to an online process. This was not only causing an incredibly heavy workload among the employees responsible for processing registrations but also leading to a great deal of frustration among patients.

The main complaint about Colorado medical marijuana qualifications among patients was they are only able to fill out the online registration if their recommending doctors also applied online. Even though there were about 600 physicians in Colorado who could legally recommend medical cannabis, less than 70 of them had registered online.

In addition, caregivers must also register online before a patient can include them in their online application. The registration process was expected to go fully online sometime in 2018. Patients would be able to continue to submit paper registrations throughout the remainder of 2017. will keep you informed on developments regarding obtaining a medical cannabis card in Colorado.

Finally, a helpful & informative website! answered all of my medical marijuana questions and helped me schedule an appointment with an accredited doctor in my area.~Susan - Denver, CO