Frequently Asked Questions -
How can medical marijuana help me?
- Colorado state law recognizes the following conditions under Amendment 20 - cachexia; cancer; chronic pain; chronic nervous system disorders; epilepsy and other disorders characterized by seizures; glaucoma; HIV or AIDS; multiple sclerosis and other disorders characterized by muscle spasticity; and nausea. However marijuana has been shown to positively affect many other disorders and conditions such as anorexia and general social nervousness.
How can I get a doctor's recommendation for medical marijuana?
- While any physician can recommend the use of medical marijuana we think using one of the more compassionate doctors we suggest will help ensure that your overall experience is positive.
What are the state laws for medical marijuana?
- Fifty-four (54%) percent of voters approved Constitutional Amendment 20 on November 7, 2000, which recognizes the medical use of marijuana. The law took effect on June 1, 2001, and Colorado officially took a stand on the issue of medical marijuana. It removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess written documentation from their physician affirming that they suffer from a debilitating condition and advising that they "might benefit from the medical use of marijuana." (Patients must possess this documentation prior to an arrest.) Patients diagnosed with the following illnesses are afforded legal protection under this act: cachexia; cancer; chronic pain; chronic nervous system disorders; epilepsy and other disorders characterized by seizures; glaucoma; HIV or AIDS; multiple sclerosis and other disorders characterized by muscle pasticity; and nausea. Other conditions are subject to approval by the Colorado Board of Health. Patients (or their primary caregivers) may legally possess no more than two ounces of usable marijuana, and may cultivate no more than six marijuana plants. The law establishes a confidential state-run patient registry that issues identification cards to qualifying patients. Patients who do not join the registry or possess greater amounts of marijuana than allowed by law may argue the "affirmative defense of medical necessity" if they are arrested on marijuana charges. The full amendment can be found here.
What is a caregiver?
- A patient can appoint one other person to cultivate medical marijuana on their behalf. This person is deemed a Primary Caregiver and is assigned the right to cultivate and possess medical marijuana by their patient(s).
Where can I find the state aplication forms?
- All forms can be found at the following State website
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Sativa vs. Indica strains
- Indica is one of the three species of marijuana; Sativa, Indica, and Reduralis. Sativa is more of a skinny, tall, lanky, and less yielding plant that produces a mind high. Whereas Indica is more of a small, broad, and usually a higher yielding plant that gives you a intense body high. Rederalis isn't grown due to its small amount of THC but is sometimes crossed with other species to shorten flowering time.