Colorado Medical Cannabis Program Details For Patients
Colorado Medical Marijuana Program: Contact Details
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Medical Marijuana Registry
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
Website: Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry
Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana
The Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) website lists the licensed Medical Marijuana Centers (dispensary and caregiver retail operations), “from which Medical Marijuana Registry patients purchase Medical Marijuana and Medical Marijuana infused products.” The MED, “is responsible for he regulation of both the Medical and Retail Marijuana Industries, each of which have separate and distinct statute and rules under which they operate.”
“Medical Marijuana Licensing Information” [Accessed March 01, 2016]
“Licensing Information” [Accessed March 01, 2016]
The Colorado Patient Registry application fee, is $15. The Colorado Marijuana Registry is mandatory.
Colorado Medical Marijuana Program: Information
Ballot Amendment 20 approved in November 2000, removed 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”.
House Bill 1284 signed in June 2010, established a regulatory framework for dispensaries, including giving local communities the ability to ban or place sensible and much-needed controls on the operation, location and ownership of these establishments.
Colorado Medical Marijuana Program: Qualifying Conditions
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:
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.
Colorado Medical Marijuana Program: Possession and Cultivation Regulations
A patient or a primary caregiver who has been issued a Medical Marijuana Registry identification card, may possess no more than two ounces of a usable form of marijuana. A patient may not have more than six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are producing a usable form of marijuana. Patients who do not join the registry, or possess greater amounts of marijuana than allowed by law, may argue the “affirmative defense of medical necessity”, if arrested on marijuana charges.
Colorado Medical Marijuana Program: Telemedicine
Colorado marijuana doctors please be advised, you may now provide medical marijuana telemedicine services online, giving patients the ability to now see a marijuana doctor online and in real-time, via the medical marijuana telemedicine portal, provided that the medical marijuana telemedicine doctor first establish a bonafide relationship with a patient in-person, after which all follow-up visits may be conducted using medical marijuana telemedicine services, online.
The State also requires that all Colorado medical marijuana telemedicine doctors also conduct a physical examination on each patient in-person, once a year. In addition physicians are required to review each patient’s medical history to certify that the patient has a qualifying debilitating medical condition.
Physicians must also complete a physician’s certification each patient, click here.
Qualified patients in Colorado may choose to see a marijuana doctor online instead of in-person, using the telemedicine portal, provided that a medical marijuana telemedicine doctor first establish a bonafide relationship with the patient in-person, after which all follow-up visits may be conducted via medical marijuana telemedicine services, online. Colorado medical marijuana telemedicine doctors are also required to conduct a physical examination in-person, once a year, in addition to reviewing the patients medical history to certify that the patient has a qualifying debilitating medical condition.
State law also requires that all Colorado medical marijuana doctors complete a physician’s certification, for each individvual patient — to complete a physician’s certification, click here.