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.
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:
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 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.