state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of
marijuana by patients who possess written documentation from their
physician affirming that he or she suffers from a debilitating condition
and advising that they "might benefit from the medical use of
marijuana." (Patients must possess this documentation prior to an
Approved Conditions: Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS positive, cachexia; severe pain; severe
nausea; seizures, including those that are characteristic of epilepsy;
or persistent muscle spasms, including those that are characteristic of
multiple sclerosis. Other conditions are subject to approval by the
Colorado Board of Health.
Possession/Cultivation: A patient or a primary caregiver who has been issued a Medical
Marijuana Registry identification card may possess no more than two
ounces of a usable form of marijuana and not more than six marijuana
plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are
producing a usable form of marijuana.
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.
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed the bills into law and stated the following in a June 7, 2010 press release:
"House Bill 1284 provides a regulatory framework for dispensaries,
including giving local communities the ability to ban or place sensible
and much-needed controls on the operation, location and ownership of
Senate Bill 109 will help prevent fraud and abuse, ensuring that
physicians who authorize medical marijuana for their patients actually
perform a physical exam, do not have a DEA flag on their medical license
and do not have a financial relationship with a dispensary."
Medical Marijuana Registry
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
Information provided by the state on sources for medical marijuana: The
Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) website provides a list of licensed
Medical Marijuana Centers, which are retail operations "from which
Medical Marijuana Registry patients purchase Medical Marijuana and
Medical Marijuana infused products." MED "is responsible for the
regulation of both the Medical and Retail Marijuana industries, each of
which have separate and distinct statute and rules under which they
operate." "Medical Marijuana Licensing Information," colorado.gov/revenue/med (accessed Feb. 26, 2014)
"Licensing Information," colorado.gov/revenue/med (accessed Feb. 26, 2014)