How to Get a Colorado Medical Marijuana Card in 2021

Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Feb 13 2021 - 7 min read

Are you interested in getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Colorado? You’ve come to the right place. We hope this article acts as a valuable guide to help you understand the process of applying for your MMJ Card. We keep this information up to date to make sure it is accurate and makes your journey as simple as possible. Keep reading to find out more.

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Table of content

  1. Getting a Colorado Medical Marijuana Card Online
  2. Who Can Apply?
  3. What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Colorado?
  4. How do I Apply?
  5. What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
  6. How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Colorado?
  7. What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Colorado?
  8. What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
  9. Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
  10. How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  11. Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Colorado?
  12. Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  13. Does Colorado Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
  14. Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Denver, Colorado Spring, Boulder and Aspen
  15. History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Colorado
  16. Current Colorado Medical Marijuana Laws
  17. Useful Links

Getting a Colorado Medical Marijuana Card Online

Patients can see a physician in Colorado via telemedicine to get certified for medical marijuana. This makes it quick and easy for you to speak to an experienced medical marijuana doctor and discuss your qualifying condition.

As a telehealth platform helping people easily obtain their medical marijuana cards, Leafwell will soon open to help our clients quickly and securely get a Colorado Medical Marijuana Card online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions and help individuals living in Colorado understand the importance of applying for their Colorado MMJ Card via the easy, HIPAA-compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform.

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Who Can Apply?

To apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Colorado, you must be a legal resident of Colorado.

Patients must be aged 18 or over in order to apply for a medical marijuana card for themselves. Minors can have caregivers apply on their behalf.

There are 4 different types of caregivers: parents of minors, advising caregivers, transporting caregivers and cultivating caregivers. We’ll give more information about these caregiver types below.

Once you’ve applied, your information will be submitted by your certifying physician to the Medical Marijuana REgistry which is a secure online system. The information is kept confidential and is only available for patients, caregivers and physicians.

What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Colorado?

As an MMJ Card holder in Colorado, you are permitted to possess:

  • Up to 2 oz of marijuana
  • Up to 6 marijuana plants (maximum of 3 mature plants)

Recreational cannabis use is legal in Colorado. Recreational users must be over 21 years old and can only possess up to 1 oz of marijuana (half as much as medical patients can carry). Recreational users can cultivate the same amount of cannabis plants.

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How do I Apply?

With Leafwell, you can get your Colorado Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:

1. Register online with Leafwell

You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a Colorado medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation will be announced shortly. You are only billed if approved.

2. Attend your appointment and discuss with your physician why you would like an MMJ Card

The doctor will ask you questions based on your medical history and provide you with advice and guidance on whether medical marijuana is a good choice for you. If approved, we’ll upload your certificate from Leafwell to the state website.

3. Complete the Application on the government website

Create and log into an account on the Colorado state website and select the ‘Physician Certification tab’ where you’ll see a dropdown which includes the new certificate uploaded by a Leafwell physician. Select this and pay for your application ($25). It will take 1-3 days to be approved.

4. Get approved and download your electronic medical marijuana card

You don’t receive a physical card in Colorado – instead, you can download it directly to your cell phone to show to your chosen dispensary. You can also opt to print this out if desired. Your certificate will be valid for one year from the date of issue.

What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?

Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details as well as some medical records. These are all passed securely to one of our registered practitioners who can familiarize themselves with your application before your consultation.

The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a Colorado registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.

At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether they recommend the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the certification, which will be uploaded as part of your application to the Colorado government.

If an application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email detailing why our registered practitioner felt unable to provide you with the certificate. You will not be charged for the consultation.

Once obtained, the certification will last for one year.

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How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Colorado?

The initial consultation with one of the Colorado registered practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA compliant online consultation service is a flat fee to be announced as soon as we open. However, if you do not qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate, you will not be charged.

It costs $25 for the MMJ application, payable to the state. This is a non-refundable fee which must be paid every time you apply. Each card is valid for one year. Every time you renew, you will be required to meet with a state-licensed physician via a telemedicine platform like Leafwell and then renew your card via the state website.

There is no additional fee for applications which include a designated caregiver.

Insurance does not currently cover the cost of applying for an MMJ Card in Colorado because cannabis is illegal at the federal level.

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Colorado?

According to Colorado law in 2021, the following debilitating conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card in Colorado:

  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • PTSD
  • Seizures
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe pain

Note that this list is up to date as of February 2021. Legislation or the Commissioner of Health may add additional conditions, at which time, Leafwell will update this list.

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?

In order to apply for your MMJ Card in Colorado, you will need to show your signed certificate which provides proof of your condition as well as your identification documents. You should gather together the following:

  • Current State ID
  • A physician certificate (which can be obtained via Leafwell)

Below are all of the acceptable forms the state ID may take.

  • Valid, unexpired Driver’s License
  • State-produced Identification Card

Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?

Yes. In order to responsibly sign a certificate which permits individuals to apply for an MMJ card, our registered practitioners must have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history.

This allows them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case-by-case basis.

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How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Card but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under the age of 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf.

There are 4 types of caregivers:

  • Cultivating: grows marijuana on behalf of patients.
  • Transporting: transports marijuana for homebound or minor patients.
  • Parents of a minor patient: Parents of a patient under age 18.
  • Advising: Advises patients on the medicinal use of marijuana.

Caregivers must:

  • Be 18 or older
  • Be a Colorado resident
  • Not be the patient’s physician
  • Not have your own primary caregiver
  • Not be licensed as a medical marijuana business

All caregivers must register with the state.

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Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Colorado?

Yes, a patient can grow up to 6 marijuana plants at once but only 3 may be mature at any one time. Cultivating caregivers are determined by your local municipality so we recommend you contact them directly to confirm how many plants you can grow at once.

Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.

Does Colorado Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?

Yes, it does:

Some states accept out-of-state Medical Marijuana Cards. This is called reciprocity. The following states accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards:

  • Alaska ^
  • Arkansas *
  • California ^
  • Colorado ^
  • Hawaii *
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma *
  • Oregon ^
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington ^
  • Washington D.C.

States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.

States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out of state cards.

Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Denver, Colorado Spring, Boulder and Aspen

Across Colorado, medical marijuana is legal and therefore, wherever you are in Colorado, you can get a card online with Leafwell.

Note, there are some differences in cultivation restrictions for caregivers in some municipalities.

History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Colorado

Here is a brief overview of the history of medical marijuana laws and legislation in Colorado:

  • 2000 – Colorado approved Amendment 20 which allowed the use of medical marijuana with the written consent of a physician. Most of this law is still in place today
  • 2013 – The Court of Appeals declared that employers can ban their workers from using cannabis, even while off the job, because cannabis is illegal at a federal level.
  • 2016 – A new bill declared that courts could not prohibit medical marijuana use/possession as a condition of probation (unless the individual is sentenced to probation for a conviction under ARticle 43.3 of Title 12).

Current Colorado Medical Marijuana Laws

On November 6, 2012, an amendment which would make recreational cannabis use for those over 21 was passed by voters. Amendment 64 was legalized in January 2014. However, recreational users can only carry up to 1oz of marijuana at a time, half of what medical marijuana patients are allowed.

Dispensaries in Colorado can stock a full range of cannabis products and there is no restriction on different forms

Patients cannot use medical marijuana in public places or when they are in plain view, or when they may endanger others.

From 2019, licensed businesses were allowed to designate social marijuana use areas.

To find out more about getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Colorado, get in touch with the expert team at Leafwell today or use any of these verified resources below:

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Written by
Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Ruth Lemon has worked in Cambodia and Australia, gaining experience in the non-profit sector, education and international development, and digital marketing. New to the cannabis sector, Ruth is helping Leafwell to scale without compromising the customer experience and seeks to create a frictionless customer journey. She now lives in the UK with her rescued Cambodian cat and believes Leafwell is improving access to and understanding of a valuable medical alternative.

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