Medical Marijuana Registry providers

The executive order that temporarily suspended the requirements for in-person physical exams for medical marijuana recommendations was rescinded on July 8, 2021.

Online registration system updates

Effective Dec. 1, 2020 you will notice some changes to your health care provider account and provider certification screen 

  • Health care providers will be able to recommend medical marijuana for conditions based on their license type. As a result, the view for Advanced Practice Providers will look a little different.
  • There will be a place for health care providers to enter a registration period length when they recommend medical marijuana to treat a disabling medical condition. 
  • It will be easier for all health care providers to create their own accounts without emailing verification documents to the Registry. 

We will be share more detailed instructions and resources. 

Read our fall newsletter for more details

Record retention reminder

The Registry follows a record disposition schedule that was developed with and approved by the State Archivist. Both physical and electronic documents are permanently destroyed or deleted based on the schedule. 

If there are any documents from the online registration system that you would like to maintain for your records please make sure to save or print them before Jan 4, 2021. No records older than 2 years will be available after this date.

You can also export a CSV file of your provider certifications from the online registration system:

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Click on your name
  3. Click on the “Certification” tab
  4. Make sure that “Column Filters (OFF)” is selected
  5. Click the “CSV” button 

Health care provider qualifications

Recommend medical marijuana for all medical conditions

To recommend medical marijuana for all debilitating and disabling conditions in Colorado you must:

  • Be an M.D. or D.O.
  • Be in good standing and licensed to practice medicine in Colorado.
  • Have a valid, unrestricted DEA certification.
  • Have an online account to submit certifications.

Recommend medical for only disabling medical conditions

To recommend medical for only disabling medical conditions in Colorado you must:

  • Be one of the following types of advanced practice practitioners with prescriptive authority:
    • Dentist.
    • Physician assistant.
    • Advanced nurse practitioner.
    • Podiatrist.
    • Optometrist.
  • Be in good standing and licensed to practice in Colorado.
  • Have a valid, unrestricted DEA certification.
  • Have an online account to submit certifications.

Register as a health care provider

Before you begin gather PDF or JPG copies of required documents

  • Copy of your valid. and signed Colorado license to practice medicine
  • Copy of your valid Colorado Driver’s license. We do not accept Colorado digital IDs from the MyColorado app.
  • Copy of your valid DEA certificate
  • If you have a provisional license a copy of your mentorship agreement.
  • If you have APN  license, signed copies of your RN, APN, and RXN licenses
  • If you have C-APN license, a signed copies of your C-RXN, C-APN, and registered nurse license issued by your home state.

Make an account and register

  1. Create an account and register. Select “health care provider” as your registration type.
  2. Enter your information and upload copies of your valid Colorado ID or driver’s license, Colorado physician license, and DEA certificate.

    As part of the identity and credential verification process, you will be asked a series of questions. Only you will know the answers to these questions, which protects your identity, account, and certifications.

  3.  Receive registration approval. Once your information has been verified, you will receive an email with directions to log into your account. 

Recommending medical marijuana

Exam setting

Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statutes, Colorado Board of Health 5 CCR-1006-2 and Colorado Medical Board Policy 40-28, recommendations for medical marijuana must be made during an in-person encounter in a clinical setting. Recommendations for medical marijuana via telemedicine are prohibited

Debilitating medical conditions

  • Only physicians with an MD or a DO are able to recommend medical marijuana for debilitating conditions.
  • A medical marijuana registry identification card issued for a debilitating medical condition will be valid for one year.

Debilitating conditions include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Cachexia
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • Seizures
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe pain

Disabling medical conditions

  • MDs, DO, dentists, and advanced practice practitioners with prescriptive authority are able to recommend medical marijuana to treat a disabling medical condition.
  • The recommending provider will decide how long the medical marijuana registry card will be valid based on the patient’s medical needs.

Disabling medical conditions include:

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

Recommending for minors

  • All minor applicants must submit two certifications from two different providers.

  • Minor patients diagnosed with 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,no longer need to provide a certification from a physician who is a board-certified pediatrician, child and adolescent psychiatrist, or family physician who attests to being part of the patient’s primary care team.

  • If you are a provider recommending medical marijuana for a minor patient who is diagnosed with a disabling medical condition and you are not the patient’s primary care provider, you must 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.​