We all know that marijuana has lots of benefits, especially when used for medical purposes. Ailments ranging from cramps to chronic pain can be lessened with the use of medical marijuana. But doctors aren’t handing out marijuana like they do pharmaceuticals. Sure you can walk into a dispensary in Colorado and legally purchase recreational marijuana, but did you know that there is a difference?
Not only do you get stronger doses of marijuana when using it medically, but you also get a price break…if you have a medical card that is. Medical card holders that visit our dispensaries get immediate access to our medical marijuana products and we give medical card holders VIP treatment. So how do you get a medical card?
Getting a medical card isn’t always easy. The application process can sometimes seem a bit daunting – that is if you haven’t done your homework. Here are three things you need in order to get your medical card in Colorado.
Proof of Residence
Since medical marijuana isn’t legal in all 50 states (though more states are headed towards legalization as we speak), you will need to prove that you are a resident of one of the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. In Colorado, this can be something as simple as your valid driver’s license. You will also need a valid social security number.
Many medical conditions qualify for treatment with medical marijuana. However, there are also many medical conditions that Colorado does not recognize as a qualifying medical condition. In fact, the State of Colorado technically only recognizes the use of medical marijuana for a handful of conditions: Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, Cachexia, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea and severe pain. That said, the state has allowed medical professionals to make a judgement call on whether or not the use of medical marijuana will benefit a patient with a variety of chronic symptoms. Ironically, the list of qualifying conditions in Colorado has not changed since its inception in 2001. See the list here for more information.
This is probably the most important part. To get approval for your medical card, you must have been examined by a physician with whom you have established a doctor-patient relationship. Calling up a random doctor and making an appointment will not cut it. You will need to be under the car of a doctor for a condition in order to benefit from the medical card program. Your physician will also need to complete a Physician Certification form that will need to accompany your application. Your doctor will need to examine you and re-certify each year that your debilitating condition does in-fact still persist.
To make it easier on yourself, make sure that you follow all instructions of the application form and include all requested information. This will help move the process along without causing delays or a rejected application.
The Colorado.gov website has tons of useful information, so be sure to red through it carefully before getting the process started. And just take it step by step to keep it as simple as you can. If you have crossed all of your “T’s” and dotted all of your “I’s”, before long, you may find yourself as one of Colorado’s newest medical card holders.