How to apply for a Colorado medical marijuana card

 

 

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Upcoming changes

Jan. 1, 2022

  • Only first-time applicants 18-20 years old will need to submit certifications from two providers from two different medical practices when they apply. If the patient is homebound the providers do not need to be from different practices. Patients that have a valid registry identification card prior to Jan. 1, 2022 will maintain their current registration.

Feb. 14, 2022

  • The application processing fee will be $29.50. 

Apply for or renew your medical marijuana registry card

 

 

 

1. See your health care provider

Your health care provider will write a provider certification for you and submit it electronically. Finish the rest of your application within 6 months of the date your provider certification was issued.

  • Get a printed copy of the provider certification for your records.
  • Ask your health care provider to check that all information on your certification is correct. 
  • Submit a new provider certification each time you apply.

Minor patients

  • All minor patients must see two providers and submit two physician certifications.
  • If the minor patient has a  disabling medical condition, which includes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and any condition for which a physician could prescribe an opioid, and the recommending physician is not the patient’s primary care physician, the physician should review the records of a diagnosing physician or a licensed mental health provider acting within his or her scope of practice. For more information please refer to C.R.S. 25-1.5-106 and House Bill 19-1028.

First time applicants age 18-20

  • Effective Jan. 1, 2022  only first-time applicants in this age group will need to get provider certifications from two different providers at different medical practices. If the applicant is homebound the providers do not need to be from different medical practices. 
  • If you are an applicant in this group, make sure both of your providers enter their certifications into the Medical Marijuana Registry system. Check to make sure all of your identifying information is correct and matches on both documents. Then, get copies of the certifications from your providers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Complete your application online

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check the lists of required documentation to make sure you have all the required information. Applications must be submitted by the patient or the patient's legal representative.

Enter your information

  • Renewal applicants log into your account and click on your name under "Tracking Inbox: Patient Registration." Then scroll down and click "Save and Start Application." 
  • First-time applicants create an account and click “New” under "Tracking Inbox: Patient Registration." 

When you are ready to move to the next step, click "Save & Submit Patient Application."

Add your provider certification

  1. Click the “Provider certification” tab
  2. Click “New”
  3. Choose your provider certification from the drop-down menu
  4. Click “Save”

First time applicants 18-20
Effective Jan. 1, 2022 you are required to submit two provider certifications. Currently, the system will only allow you to add one certification to your online registration. Registry staff will add the other one for you after you submit your application. Please make sure all of your identifying information is correct and matches on both provider certifications. 
 

Choose your cultivation information

  1. Click the “Cultivation information” tab
  2. Click “New”
  3. Select your cultivation option and complete the required fields
  4. Click “Save”

If you are applying with a caregiver, make sure that you have your caregiver's registration ID number. Your caregiver will need to accept a caregiver agreement in order to be listed on your card. 

Pay

The application processing is fee is $25. It is non-refundable and is required each time you submit an application.

To pay with a credit card, debit card, or electronic check 

  1. Click the "Payment" tab
  2. Click "New"
  3. Choose "Click here to pay." This will open a new window where you will enter your payment information. 

To pay with a fee waiver

  • Submit a copy of your certified Colorado tax return for the current tax year. You can get this from the Colorado Department of Revenue.
  • You may qualify for a fee waiver if your household income is 185% of the Federal Poverty Level or less. Review annual adjusted household incomes here: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines

3. We review your application 

Applications submitted online with all correct information are approved in 1-3 business days.

Applications take longer to process if they are submitted with incorrect information or expired documents.

Once your application has been processed you will get an email to the address you used to register. 

4. Print or display your card

Once approved, you can access your card through your online account.

  • Click on your name under "Tracking Inbox: Patient Registration."
  • Click the “print card” button to print your card or display it from a mobile device after you have been approved.
  • If you applied online you will not receive a card in the mail. 

The issue and expiration dates on your card will be based on the day your application was approved. 

Required information

Use the lists below to expand the checklist

  • A valid Colorado ID or driver's license.If you are applying online, make sure to have a JPEG or PDF copy of your physical, valid Colorado driver’s license or ID. You will upload this to your registration. We do not accept Colorado digital IDs from the MyColorado app.
  • Your social security number.
  • Caregiver’s registration ID if you are applying with a caregiver.
  • Credit card or bank account and routing number to pay the $25 application processing fee.

Only first-time applicants 18-20 years old 

You will need two certifications from two providers at different medical practices. If you are homebound the providers do not need to be from different practices. Make sure both of your providers submit your certifications online and check to make sure your identifying information matches on both certifications. 

  • Primary parent’s Colorado driver’s license or ID. If you are applying online, make sure to have a JPEG or PDF copy of your physical, valid Colorado driver’s license or ID. You will upload this to your registration. We do not accept Colorado digital IDs from the MyColorado app.
  • Minor's social security number.
  • Primary parent's social security number.
  • Certified copy of the minor’s state-issued birth certificate. If you need more information about certified documents please review our tips for submitting certified documentation.
  • Caregiver’s registration ID if parent is not the caregiver.
  • Credit card or bank account and routing number to pay the $25 application processing fee.
  • Documentation to prove secondary parent status:
    • Secondary parent’s out of state ID if parent lives out of state.
    • Copy of secondary parent’s certified death certificate if parent is deceased.
    • Copy of a certified court-issued sole custody order if the secondary parent does not have any custody. If you need more information about certified documents please review our tips for submitting certified documentation
  • Minor patient consent form | Formulario de consentimiento para paciente menor de edad
  • If you are applying online, make sure to have JPEG or PDF copies of all required documents.You will upload the documents to your registration.
  • Patient’s Colorado driver’s license or ID.
  • Legal representative’s Colorado driver’s license or ID. If you are applying online, make sure to have a JPEG or PDF copy of your physical, valid Colorado driver’s license or ID. You will upload this to your registration. We do not accept Colorado digital IDs from the MyColorado app.
  • Patient's social security number.
  • Legal representative's social security number.
  • Copies of certified legal representative documentation, medical power of attorney documents or certified court orders.
  • Caregiver’s registration ID if the legal representative is not the caregiver.
  • Credit card or bank account and routing number to pay the $25 application processing fee.
  • If you are applying online, make sure to have JPEG or PDF copies of all required documents. You will upload the documents to your registration.

New form required by the Marijuana Enforcement Division

Starting Jan. 1, 2022 if a patient's provider authorizes them to purchase more than the statutory daily sales limit, they will need a Uniform Certification Form from the Marijuana Enforcement Division that has been completed by their recommending provider. The patient does not need to include this form with their application for a medical marijuana registry identification card as it is separate from the provider certification that is submitted to the Registry.
For more information about the form visit the Marijuana Enforcement Division's website.
 

Qualifying medical conditions

Debilitating medical conditions
Cancer.
Glaucoma.
HIV or AIDS.
Cachexia.
Persistent muscle spasms.
Seizures.
Severe nausea.
Severe pain.

Disabling medical conditions
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
An Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Any condition for which a physician could prescribe an opioid.

Residency requirements

Adults
To be eligible for a medical marijuana card you must:
Be a Colorado resident
Be 18 or older
Have a qualifying medical condition
 
Minors
Minors are eligible for a medical marijuana card if:
Minor and the primary parent are Colorado residents
Minor has a qualifying medical condition​
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All minor patients must see two providers and submit two provider certifications.


 

Mail applications

Paper mail-in applications are reserved for applicants who do not have access to any internet resources.
Apply online

Complete and send the following documents through certified mail

Important information

  • It will take approximately 6-8 weeks to process your mailed application.
  • All correspondence with the registry will take place by mail. This means it may take 6-8 weeks to receive a response each time you contact the registry.
  • Your physician must submit your certification online and provide you with a printed copy for your records. 
  • If you have a caregiver they must be registered in the online system and provide you with their caregiver ID to enter on your application.
  • Applicants who apply by mail will be mailed a card, and will not have access to their online account.