Marijuana is legal both medically and recreationally in the state of Colorado, where it is legal to carry up to one ounce (28g) for personal use. People can grow up to six plants for individual use, and a license must be granted for growing for commercial use. Although up to six plants can be cultivated in private, no more than three plants can be mature at any one time.
For anyone looking to come to California who’s in need of a Medical Marijuana Card, book an appointment and have a chat with Dr. Frank, online or in-person. If your state offers telehealth, Dr. Frank may be able to consult with your primary doctor or surgeon as well. Arizona also has some reciprocity with California’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMP).
There will be updates and changes to the law from time-to-time (especially in these tumultuous times, what with recreational marijuana becoming legalized in many states throughout the US), so we recommend checking up on Colorado’s laws every now and then. For now, though, here’s the lowdown on how to get a Medical Marijuana Card in Colorado.
1.Book an Appointment with Your Doctor …
… And get a hold of your medical records. This medical record will prove and detail any qualifying conditions you suffer from. For the moment, the conditions that are likely to get you a medical cannabis recommendation are:
- Severe and chronic pain
- Severe nausea
- Seizures (from epilepsy, for example)
- Muscle spasms (from conditions like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s, for example)
- Other conditions subject to the approval of the Colorado Board of Health
2.Get Your Doctor’s Note
Once your condition has been verified and your need for medical marijuana confirmed, your doctor will provide an authenticated, signed written certification stating that you have been diagnosed with a debilitating condition and that you will benefit from medical marijuana. This recommendation note is of utmost importance if you want to obtain a card and enter a dispensary.
3. Get Registered
Fill out the application form for a Medical Marijuana card and supply the following:
- Photographic ID card (e.g. passport, driver’s license, state-granted identification card)
- Proof of residency (e.g. utility bill, rent/mortgage agreement, bank statement). Please note that official, out-of-state ID is acceptable if you can prove that you live in Colorado.
- Your authenticated, signed Physician’s Recommendation.
- A payment of $35 for the application fee, usually by direct bank transfer or a cheque (cash isn’t usually accepted)
- Once the form is complete, send it to here.
Caregivers must also go through a similar application process.
4. Wait for Your Medical Marijuana Card
Applications can take up to thirty days to process. This will be delivered to you by post, and will include your name, photograph, unique card identification number, date of birth, issue date and expiry date. Once your card expires, you must renew your card in order to still be eligible for the Medical Marijuana Program.
5. Start Enjoying the Dispensaries of Colorado!
Once you’ve got your card and your doctor’s referral, you can start enjoying one of Colorado’s many dispensaries.
Please note that doctors cannot legally “prescribe” marijuana. Technically, they just recommend it, as marijuana is still a Schedule 1 drug in the United States.