Colorado was the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, but the state’s medical marijuana program has been on the books since 2001. In Colorado patients are allowed to possess up to two ounces of usable marijuana. Furthermore, patients and primary caregivers in Colorado are entitled to cultivate up to six plants so long as three or fewer are at full maturity. Colorado’s program allows for the operation of state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries and is only accessible to residents of the state. It is estimated that 113,159 adults and 426 minors are currently registered as medical marijuana patients in Colorado. Patients in Colorado can apply for a medical marijuana card through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. To receive a medical marijuana card, patients must be over the age of 18 and mail an application, check for $15, and proof of examination by a physician to the department. Authorized caregivers may apply on behalf of minors. Colorado’s medical marijuana program covers 9 qualifying ailments:
  • Cachexia / Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic nervous system disorders
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Nausea
  • Persistent Muscle Spasms
  • Seizures
Patients seeking further information about the process of acquiring a medical cannabis card in Colorado should contact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment by phone or via their website.