Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Colorado

Marijuana is legal both medically and recreationally in the state of Colorado, where it is legal to carry up to one ounce (28g) for personal use. People can grow up to six plants for individual use, and a license must be granted for growing for commercial use. Although up to six plants can be cultivated in private, no more than three plants can be mature at any one time.

For anyone looking to come to California who’s in need of a Medical Marijuana Card, book an appointment and have a chat with Leafwell online. Arizona also has some reciprocity with California’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMP).

There will be updates and changes to the law from time-to-time (especially in these tumultuous times, what with recreational marijuana becoming legalized in many states throughout the US), so we recommend checking up on Colorado’s laws every now and then. For now, though, here’s the lowdown on how to get a Medical Marijuana Card in Colorado.



Telehealth/telemedicine available. However, relationship must first be established between patient and physician in-person.



How Old Do I Have to Be to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

18 years old or over. Caregivers must be 18 years old or over.

How Long Does it take to Get My MMJ Card?

7 – 35 days

Possession Limit (Medical Marijuana Patients)

2 ounces

Qualifying Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Cachexia
  • Severe pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures, such as those caused by epilepsy
  • Persistent muscle spasms, such as those caused by multiple sclerosis (MS)


Medical Marijuana Laws

2000 – Voters approve Ballot Amendment 20, removing state-level penalties on use, possession and cultivation of cannabis by those with a valid recommendation from their physician.

2010 – Governor Bill Ritter signs House Bill 1284 (HB 1284) and Senate Bill 109 (SB 109). HB 1284 regulates dispensaries, whilst SB 109 ensures that doctors conduct a proper physical examination and that they do not have a DEA flag on their license.

Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado. Medical marijuana patients may possess up to 2 ounces, and for those without a valid recommendation and card the possession limit is up to 1 ounce.

There is no penalty for giving another a person an ounce or less, providing no money changes hands and the people giving and taking the cannabis are aged 21 or over.

Medical marijuana patients must be aged 18 or older to apply for themselves. Recreational cannabis users must be aged 21 or over.

Both medical marijuana patients and recreational cannabis users may grow up to 6 cannabis plants, with no more than 3 mature plants at any one time.

Possession of 8 ounces or more will be considered possession with the intent to distribute.

There is no penalty to possess up to 1 ounce of hash or concentrates.


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