How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card For Colorado

Note: The information provided on how to get a medical marijuana card for Colorado is is for informational purposes only. Always exercise common sense, know your rights, and be cool.

Do I Qualify For A Medical Marijuana Card?

Step 1: Review the list of qualifying conditions. Below is a list of conditions and symptoms that may qualify you to get a medical marijuana card:

  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Chronic Nausea (including nausea due to medication)
  • Chronic Pain
  • DDD – Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gerd – Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis – C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Neuropathy
  • Reflux Disease
  • Seizure Disorders/Epilepsy
  • Spastic Disorders/Multiple Sclerosis
But the list is far from comprehensive. Meet Alex. He's a young medical marijuana patient for a rare, painful, life-threatening skin condition not listed above. Anyone who wants to deny this young man his right to medicate in the way he chooses should be skinned alive to develop a sincere appreciation for what Alex lives with 24/7.



Visit A Doctor

Step 2: If you have a primary care physician (PCP), you could ask her to write a recommendation to get a medical marijuana card. Due to the controversy surrounding medical marijuana, some doctors may be reluctant to make recommendations. (Note: Medical marijuana is not prescribed, it is recommended.

I personally do not ask my PCP for a recommendation but rather go to a doctor who specializes in medical marijuana. I'd rather keep my conventional healthcare practices separate from my alternative healthcare practices. I don't know if separating the two would to provide another think layer of patient privacy. But knowing what I know about the massive mountains of patient health data out there and the inefficiency of state bureaucrats, I'm taking the overbet there is.

You can find Colorado medical marijuana doctors at these sites:

Weed Maps (Provides information for other states)

Colorado Medical Marijuana Doctors

The Medical Marijuana Doctors

The Compassionate Coalition (Provides information for other states)

Relaxed Clarity - This is where I went for my initial recommendation ($65) and annual renewal ($35). Prices subject to change. Super nice staff, great service, highly recommended.


What To Expect

  • Check in upon arrival for your appointment. You will need a form of ID. Colorado driver's license is ideal but and can use other proof of residency with a utility, cable or medical bill or a W-2 from your employer.
  • Complete state-required forms for application and a brief medical questionaire.
  • Application will be notarized by an official notary. There may be a small fee for this. I think I paid $5. For convenience and security, there should be an on-site notary to complete this process in house.
  • Meet with the doctor who will review your information, read your medical records if you have them - they are not necessary, determine your qualifying condition(s) and complete the required forms for you to get a medical marijuana card.
  • Copies of forms required by the state are made for the doctors office and the patient's records. Original forms are returned to the patient to be submitted to the state.
  • A staff member will review your application and submission process. Note: This is REALLY important. They are SUPER PICKY about applications and it cannot have any mistakes. Any write over, white-out, or crossed out information will void the form and will not be accepted. The staff will make sure your papers are in order.

Apply

Step 3: Submit your paperwork. Your application packet must include:

  • Notarized application form.
  • Doctor's recommendation from step 2.
  • Photo copy of acceptable ID.
  • Check or money order made out to CDPHE.
  • Mail your application via certified mail to CDPHE (4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246-1530)

Your doctor's office staff should put all your paperwork together, provide you with an pre-addressed envelope with certified mail tag for you. All you need to do is go to the post office and mail your application.

Wait

When I recently renewed my medical marijuana card I think the lag time was about 3 weeks. That's pretty normal. If your application is rejected, the notification time is about 2 weeks. Changes and replacement cards are about 6 months - so don't lose your card!

So what to do in the meantime? New patients must show all the following items to a dispensary:

  • Proof of Submission: the certified mail receipt dated no later than 35 days old.
  • Copy of Doctor's Recommendation signed within 60 days of submission.
  • Copy of Application without error, signed and notarized.

Note: This is for new patients ONLY. If you are renewing, you have to wait until you receive your new card. The state allows patients to renew 60 days before the medical marijuana license expires. Therefore, the state expects patients who do not want a lapse in coverage should renew with ample time for processing.

Pfft! Whatever. Typical bureaucratic gibberish IMHO.

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