Many people wonder if medical marijuana is still relevant since the state of Colorado allows recreational use of the drug. Although the state's lawful two-ounce limit pertains to medical and non-medical users, many Colorado residents still apply for a medical marijuana card. This is because it is possible for cardholders to legally be able to carry more than two ounces on their person when it is proven that marijuana is medically necessary.
What Should I Know About Medical Marijuana Laws in Colorado?
According to Article 18, section 14 of the Colorado Constitution and Title 12, Article 43.3 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (also known as the "Colorado Medical Marijuana Code" ):
Medical Marijuana in Colorado is legal under the following circumstances:
- You are a resident of the state
- You are older than the age of 18, OR a parent/legal guardian has consented to a diagnosis from two doctors
- A physician has recommended or advised usage to treat a qualifying "debilitating medical condition," which can be defined as:
- HIV or AIDS
- Severe pain
- Severe nausea
- Persistent muscle spasms
- Any additional state health agency-approved condition
Anyone under the age of 18 must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a medical marijuana card:
- Two physicians have diagnosed you
- You have written documentation
- You are aware of the possible risk and benefits associated with medical marijuana use
- Both of your parents (who live in colorado) have given consent
- Your application has been approved by the Colorado State Health Agency and they have sent your identification card to your designated primary caregiver
- Your primary caregiver has submitted their completed application for their identification card
- Your primary caregiver controls the dosage and frequency of your usage
The following documents are to be sent by mail or drop box to apply for a Colorado medical marijuana ID card:
- Physician Certification
- Application form
- Valid state ID
- $15 check or money order or a Colorado medical marijuana fee waiver
- Caregiver acknowledgment form (if applicable)
For recreational users, by law, it is legal to:
- Possession of up to 2 oz. of marijuana
- Cultivating a max of 6 marijuana plants, with a maximum of three being mature at one time
Medical users and their primary caregivers are lawfully allowed to collectively possess as much that is legally necessary for the medical condition.
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