The legalization of cannabis into two tiers, “medical” and “recreational” use, has caused a lot of confusion among consumers. Why must there be a specific distinction? What if We use cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes? Why can’t we just call it a wellness product? If you’ve been curious about any of these questions and you’ve considered getting a medical card in Colorado, follow this guide to reap the benefits of quality medicine.
How to get a Medical Marijuana Card in Colorado
Go Online and Register With the State
This is quick and easy, it takes 5 minutes. Just plug in your information and press send. This will make your physician appointment much faster! Although you are registering with the state, your personal information will not be made public – it is treated with the same level of sensitivity as any other medical records subject to HIPPA.
Make an Appointment with Your Local Red Card Physician
There are plenty of MMJ physicians in town, we recommend Cohen Medical Centers as they are polite, compassionate and take appointments. It is important to make sure that you select a physician that is on good terms with the state to ensure that your application is accepted.
Explain Your Ailments and General Usage
Be honest during your appointment and explain how you’ve found cannabis to help you medically. They will ask about your qualifying conditions, preferred consumption methods, and frequency & amount of consumption. Be straightforward! Remember the doctor is acting in your best interest, their sole job is to evaluate whether cannabis would be a viable treatment solution and make a recommendation to the state.
- Qualifying Conditions
- Severe/Chronic Pain
- Severe Nausea
- Persistent Muscle Spasms
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Reflux Disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Bipolar Disease
- Type 1 and 2 Diabetes
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Severe Anxiety
- Clinical Depression
- Opioid Dependence
- Tourette’s Syndrome
Complete the process online and print your med card
Your doctor will upload the physician’s report to your online file, and you can complete the process at home. That’s it, you’re ready to start saving money and accessing better cannabis!
4 Benefits to Getting Your Medical Marijuana Card
Many medical stores create special price breaks for medical patients because they recognize that you are making a purchase for your health. You can expect prices on the medical side to be anywhere from 5% to 30% lower than the retail counterpart.
More Medical Specific Products (CBD)
Looking for true medicine without the high? Use Leafly or Weedmaps to find the dispensaries in town who have high-CBD strains in stock. You’ll get the most value and relief with the correct mix of cannabinoids. There are also certain products like Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) that are easier to locate and obtain on the medical side.
Reduced Taxes on Purchases
The government recognizes your purchase as health-related as well, so you’ll enjoy lower sales tax rates on your purchases! The tax obligations are significantly lower for medical patients. In Colorado, medical patients are only assessed the normal state sales tax fee of 2.9%, whereas recreational patients pay an additional 10% marijuana tax.
Increased Plant Count Potential
Are you interested in growing your own plants and cultivating a quantity that would be sufficient for making edibles or concentrates? With approval from your physician, you can receive an increased plant count above the state-mandated six (6) in order to produce enough material to meet your needs. Increased plant counts are generally also accompanied by increased carry limits. The state allows approved medical users to carry more than the 1 ounce recreational limit.