About Cannabis in Colorado
The Centennial State, according to Pharma Live is in the green for both medicinal and recreational sales since its respective legalization in 2001 and 2012. “2019 sales in Colorado alone were $779 million and analysts believe that retail cannabis sales, both medical and recreational, might reach $15 billion in 2020 and grow to $37 billion by 2024,” according to the news source.
Benzinga reports while the average number of cardholders declined in 2019, cannabis prescription spending per month increased from $313 to $400 a month, “with a notable uptick in April just as the COVID-19 pandemic began its assault.” Though not conclusive, the numbers suggest the rise in sales during quarantine accounts for the cannabis sales to those who suffer from anxiety and depression, two significant side effects of social distancing.
One of the first states to legalize cannabis recreationally in 2012, Colorado has gone to great lengths to offer its locals a solid medical cannabis license program, complimented by the addition of recreational use available to all residents.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, qualifying debilitating medical conditions include:
Colorado also allows three qualifying disabling conditions which include:
Along with having a qualifying condition, a patient must be a resident of the state with a driver’s license or identification verifying proof of address, be at least 18-years-old, provide the $25 application fee, and have a physician’s certification confirming qualifying conditions. Once approved, a Colorado medical marijuana card must be renewed every year, which can be handled online. Additionally, a patient must have a new physical examination every 12 months to hold a valid cannabis license.
Application Process for a Colorado Medical Marijuana Card
Applications can be filled out online. Applications containing errors or expired documents will take longer to process.
1. Obtain a physician’s recommendation.
2. Submit a valid Colorado driver’s license or ID to establish residency.
3. Designate a caregiver and submit a valid caregiver’s registration ID, if applicable.
4. Designate cultivation status.
5. Pay a $25 Medical Marijuana Registry Identification card fee.
Who Can Qualify as a Primary Caregiver?
Colorado has four types of caregivers: parents of a patient who is a minor, those who advise, those who transport, and and those who cultivate. Once a patient is qualified in Colorado, they can add a caregiver to their account. However, the state has specific provisions for parents:
Parents/legal guardians of minor children listed as the ‘primary caregiver’ do not need to register in the Caregiver Registry unless they cultivate more than 36 plants for the patient. Parents growing fewer than 36 plants are encouraged to register their cultivation location at the Caregiver Registry, but this is not required.”
Colorado makes it convenient for patients and caregivers to register together, simplifying the registration process.
Possession Limits in Colorado
Adults 21 years of age or older in Colorado may have one ounce (1 oz) or 28.5 grams of dry cannabis or marijuana concentrate.
The medical use of marijuana by a patient with a medical card is permissible within the following boundaries: no more than two (2) ounces of a usable form of marijuana; no more than six (6) plants, three (3) or less mature.
Cultivation Limits in Colorado
Recreational and medicinal cannabis cultivation is legal in Colorado with certain growing restrictions. Any adult Colorado resident can grow up to six plants per person, with no more than three 3 of the plants in the flowering phase. You must be a legal resident of Colorado to cultivate cannabis. No more than twelve (12) complete plants per residence are permitted irrespective of the amount of adults residing there. Cannabis plants must be kept out of sight in an enclosed area and are not legal for sale. Colorado’s home grow laws are different for medical marijuana users.
Caregivers must provide the address of the cultivation site and the registration number for each patient they serve. Those plants and their corresponding patient registration numbers must be registered with the state if any patient qualifies for an extended plant count. The particular regulations of agriculture and the counts of patient plants differ from town to county. Parent caregivers who grow less than 36 plants, however, are not required to register with the Caregivers Registry.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s simple. Use the form at the top of this page to begin the process, and Veriheal will start setting you up with a physician who can evaluate your health and confirm your condition.
The medical marijuana evaluation and approval with Veriheal is $199, with a full guarantee if you are not approved you will get your money back. Veriheal also provides a free $59 personalized consultation for Colorado patients when they get their medical marijuana recommendation through the platform. The state of Colorado charges an additional $25 for the card application fee.
No, the state does not offer any physician referrals, which is why Veriheal has set up shop in Colorado to assist residents who wish to apply for a medical marijuana card.
Severe pain is one of the qualifying debilitating conditions. Contact Veriheal and consult with a medical marijuana physician to learn more.
Yes. To be approved for a medical cannabis license in Colorado, an applicant must provide either a state driver’s license or identification card to prove they live at a specific address.
That depends on the state you are visiting, which is why it is essential to contact the state you visit to find out their medical cannabis rules and regulations.