Looking to become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Denver?
Below, we have full instructions on how to complete your registration, and get your MMJ card.
You may also want to check our legal pages if you are interested in learning what your exposure might be be becoming a patient or caregiver.
First, all Contact Information for inquiries to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are below:
[wp_campaign_3]Medical Marijuana Registry
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, Colorado 80246-1530
Phone: (303) 692-2184
Email: [email protected]
How to become a medical marijuana patient in the state of Colorado
1. Identification card: A patient diagnosed with a debilitating condition that may be alleviated by the medical use of marijuana may apply to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (the Department) for a Medical Marijuana Registry identification card.
Five days after verifying medical information of the applicant the department shall issue a serially numbered registry identification card to the patient. The card shall state the following:
- The patient’s name, address, date of birth, and social security number;
- That the patient’s name has been certified to the department as a person with a debilitating medical condition, whereby the person may address such condition with the medical use of marijuana;
- The date of issuance of such card and the date of expiration, which shall be one year from the date of issuance;
- The name and address of the patient’s primary care-giver, if any is designated at the time of application;
- How to notify the department of any change in name, address, medical status, physician, or primary care-giver.
2. How to apply: In order to be placed in the registry and to receive a registry identification card, an adult applicant must reside in Colorado and submit an application form supplied by the Department.
The adult applicant must perform the following, in order to satisfy the application process:
- A completed application form with the Physician Certification form or other documentation provided by the physician and the non-refundable $90.00 application fee must be sent to:
Medical Marijuana Registry Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment HSVR-ADM2-A1 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South Denver, Colorado 80246-1530
- Payment by check or money order must be made payable to CDPHE. Do not send cash.
- The Registry will verify the licensure status of the physician and will contact the physician to verify the certification. Verifications will occur within 30 days of receipt of the application. The Registry will mail the patient and his/her primary caregiver (if applicable) Medical Marijuana Registry identification cards within 5 days after the verification.
- The patient will be notified within 5 days after the verification process if the application has been denied.
- Except for minor applicants, where the department fails within thirty-five days of receipt of application to issue a registry identification card or fails to issue verbal or written notice of denial of such application, the patient’s application for such card will be deemed to have been approved. “Receipt” shall be deemed to have occurred upon delivery to the department or deposit in the United States mail.
- The Department shall deny the application if it determines that information has been falsified or it cannot verify the medical information. A patient whose application has been denied by the department may not reapply during the six months following the date of denial. The denial of a registry identification card shall be considered a final agency action.
- Change in applicant information: When there has been a change in the name, address, physician or primary care-giver of a patient who has been issued a registry identification card, that patient must notify the department within ten days. A patient who has not designated a primary caregiver at the time of application to the department may do so in writing at any time during the effective period of the registry identification card, and the primary care-giver may act in this capacity after such designation.
- A patient who no longer has a debilitating medical condition, as defined by the Colorado Medical Marijuana Law, shall return his registry identification card to the department within twenty-four hours of receiving such information by his or her physician.
- Penalties: In addition to any other penalties provided by law, the department shall revoke for a period of one year the registry identification card of any patient found to have willfully violated the provisions set forth in the medical marijuana law of Colorado.
3. Registration For Denver Medical Marijuana Registry
Full payment of the non-refundable $90.00 application fee must be made at the time of submitting the application to the Registry. The fee must be paid with the renewal application each year. The fee cannot be waived, and the Registry cannot accept installment payments.
4. Eligible medical conditions For Denver Medical Marijuana Registry
Debilitating medical conditions are defined as:
2. Glaucoma, and;
3. Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus;
4. Patients undergoing treatment for such conditions are defined as having a debilitating medical condition;
5. 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:
- Severe pain;
- Severe nausea;
- Seizures, including those that are characteristic of epilepsy; or
- Persistent muscle spasms, including those that are characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
Patients who have had a diagnosis of a debilitating medical condition in the past but do not have an active disease and are not undergoing treatment for such condition are not considered to be suffering from a debilitating medical condition for which the medical use of marijuana is authorized.
Beginning June 1, 2001, the Department began accepting physician or patient petitions to add debilitating medical conditions to the list provided in this regulation. The Department shall determine if a public rulemaking hearing to modify this regulation is appropriate, and if so, shall petition the Board of Health to set a date for such hearing within 120 days of receipt of the patient or physician petition.
If the Department determines that a public rulemaking hearing is not appropriate, it shall notify the petitioner of its action within 180 days of receipt of submission of the petition. In making its determination, the department will consider whether there is information that the proposed condition is chronic, debilitating, and may be specifically diagnosed, and whether there is scientific evidence that treatment with marijuana may have a beneficial effect. To date, no additional debilitating conditions have been added.
D. Written Certification Must be Provided to Prove Eligibility
The patient must obtain certification from a physician licensed in Colorado that he/she has been diagnosed with a debilitating condition that may be alleviated by the medical use of marijuana.
A sample form is provided with the application packet on the Colorado State website. The certifying physician should keep a copy of the certification and other documentation supporting the diagnosis in the patient medical record.
E. Finding a Doctor
The State of Colorado cannot refer patients to doctors for the purpose of receiving a medical marijuana evaluation. It is the responsibility of the patient to work with a physician with whom s/he has a bona fide doctor-patient relationship.
F. Renewal Applications
To maintain an effective registry identification card, a patient must annually resubmit to the Department, at least thirty days prior to the expiration date, updated written documentation of the required information shown above, and full payment of the non-refundable $90.00 application fee. Additionally, the patient must provide the name and address of the primary care-giver, if any is designated at such time.
G. Age Limits
An “adult applicant” is defined as a patient eighteen years of age or older. A “minor applicant” is defined as a patient less than eighteen years of age. In order for a minor applicant to be placed in the registry and to receive a registry identification card, the minor applicant must reside in Colorado, and a parent residing in Colorado must consent in writing to serve as the minor applicant’s primary caregiver. Such parent must submit an application form supplied by the Department.
The parent of the minor applicant must provide the following information with the application:
1. The applicant’s name, address, date of birth, and social security number;
2. Written documentation from two of the applicant’s physicians that the applicant has been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition as defined above and each physician’s conclusion that the applicant might benefit from the medical use of marijuana;
3. The name, address, and telephone number of the two physicians who have concluded the applicant might benefit from the medical use of marijuana;
4. Consent from each of the applicant’s parents residing in Colorado that the applicant may engage in the medical use of marijuana; and
5. Documentation that one of the physicians has explained the possible risks and benefits of medical use of marijuana to the applicant and each of the applicant’s parents residing in Colorado.
H. Personal Records
Americans for Safe Access strongly urges all patients to keep copies of all paperwork they have related to their status as a medical marijuana patient as proof of legal status. This is meant to protect patients from possible future encounters with law enforcement agents.
III. Limitations and Protections under the Initiative
A. Possession and Growing Limitations
Amendment 20 authorizes a patient or a primary caregiver who has been issued a Medical Marijuana Registry identification card to possess:
1. No more than two (2) ounces of a usable form of marijuana; and
2. Not more than six (6) marijuana plants, with three (3) or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are producing a usable form of marijuana.
B. Consumption of Medical Marijuana
The Colorado Medical Marijuana Law specifically states that patients are not permitted to engage in the medical use of marijuana in a way that endangers the health or well-being of any person. Engaging in the medical use of marijuana in plain view of, or in a place open to the general public is also prohibited. Additionally, using medical marijuana while driving is not permitted.
A patient may engage in the medical use of marijuana, with no more marijuana than is medically necessary to address a debilitating medical condition. A patient’s medical use of marijuana, within the above shown limits is lawful. For quantities of marijuana in excess of those amounts, a patient or his or her primary caregiver may raise as an affirmative defense to charges of violation of state law that such greater amounts were medically necessary to address the patient’s debilitating medical condition.
In addition to any other penalties provided by law, the state health agency shall revoke for a period of one year the registry identification card of any patient found to have willfully violated any of these provisions.
C. Paraphernalia associated with medical use
“Medical use” means the acquisition, possession, production, use, or transportation of marijuana or paraphernalia related to the administration of such marijuana to address the symptoms or effects of a patient’s debilitating medical condition.
D. Access to Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Pharmacies can only dispense medications that are prescribed. Unfortunately, medical marijuana is classified by the federal government as a Schedule I drug which means that it cannot be “prescribed” by any health care professional.
Amendment 20 allows doctors to “recommend” marijuana, and that allows patients to grow their own medical marijuana for their private use. The Medical Marijuana Registry is not authorized to provide information on the acquisition of marijuana. Therefore, the State of Colorado cannot assist in getting seeds or plants to start growing medical marijuana.
E. Growing/Dispensing Collectives and Cooperatives.