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