MMJ Red Cards and MMJ Doctors
The process of obtaining a Colorado Red Card is straight forward.
Good for one year, state MMJ cards are allowed to patients who have a qualifying condition. A brief doctor's examination will verify a qualifying condition after which the doctor signs some papers - it's over quickly. Pain qualifies nearly 95% of Colorado MMJ patients but several other conditions provide red cards too.
> click jump to list of qualifying medical conditions
> all mmj forms, applications, etc.
> about doctor certification policies
> using your application as proof of registration
> download fee waiver request - pdf form
> click here to visit the website for sate mmj forms
> click link to colorado government's mmj site
All About Colorado's MMJ "Red Cards"
In Colorado, If you want to legally use marijuana (cannabis) as medicine, you must obtain a Medical Marijuana Registry identification card from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
You must have one of the Colorado MMJ Approved Debilitating Medical Conditions, and a Doctor‘s Recommendation.
If you are over 18 years of age, applications must be made using the Marijuana Registry Application. If you are under 18 years of age, you will need the Under 18 Medical Marijuana Registry Application.
Due to the large backlog of applicants the process may take some time.
• Rejections - usually within four to six weeks
• New/renewal cards - usually within four to five weeks
• Changes/Replacements - usually within four to six weeks
Note: Laws have recently been revised - those changes may not be accurately reflected herein.
Temporary Colorado Red Cards are not issued, however, your application, essentially acts as a temporary card provided you meet all the requirements.
During that waiting period, the law states:
"Where the state health agency, within thirty-five days of receipt of an application, fails to issue a registry identification card or fails to issue verbal or written notice of denial of such application, the patient‘s application for such card will be deemed to have been approved."
"A patient who is questioned by any state or local law enforcement official about his or her medical use of marijuana shall provide a copy of the application submitted to the state health agency, including the written documentation and proof of the date of mailing or other transmission of the written documentation for delivery to the state health agency, which shall be accorded the same legal effect as a registry card, until such time as the patient receives notice that the application has been denied."
So basically, provided you have your documents as evidence of your application and the date it was made, this can be used until your card arrives or until your application is denied.
So be sure to keep photocopies of all the paperwork and receipts to prove your status until your card arrives.
Follow these steps:
1. Include a legible photocopy of your Colorado driver‘s license or ID.
2. Include a legible photocopy of your care-giver‘s Colorado driver‘s license or ID (if you are naming a care-giver).
3. Use BLUE ink when completing the Change of Address or Care-giver form.
4. The Change of Address or Care-giver Form must be sent within ten days of the event.
5. Signatures of patients must be notarized.
6. The care-giver can not be the notary.
7. Notary services in Colorado - click here -
8. Use the current version of application and other forms.
9. Be sure to sign your check or money order. Be sure your check or money order is for the proper amount ($35).
10. The check or money order may only be for one patient.
11. Forms must be submitted by the patient, not the care-giver or dispensary.
12. The application packet must include:
• The notarized application form
• Physician‘s Certification
• Copy of patient‘s and care-giver‘s IDs
• Payment of $35 fee
All items in the application packet must be sent to the Registry at the same time and in one envelope. Incomplete application packets will be rejected and returned to the patient. Sending the packet certified mail is highly recommended.
Completed paperwork should be sent to:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Medical Marijuana Registry
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Colorado MMJ Approved Debilitating Medical Conditions
The current list of ailments, according to the physician referral form:
HIV or AIDS positive
Cachexia (Physical wasting with loss of weight and muscle mass)
Seizures (including those characteristic of epilepsy)
Persistent muscle spasms (including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis)
Colorado MMJ and PTSD
Medical marijuana (Medical MMJ) advocates and patients in Colorado want to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the list of ailments covered by Colorado MMJ Laws.
The petition states medical marijuana can help PTSD patients by "easing depression, anxiety and nightmares."
Colorado currently allows the use of Medical Marijuana for eight conditions.
However, the state‘s medical marijuana law allows other conditions to be added through a petition process. Previously petitions for Parkinson‘s disease, anxiety, asthma and bipolar disorder were submitted to the state health department but denied because of a lack of scientific evidence.
The petition would need to get approval from the State Board of Health to be added to the list.
The Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry
In November 2000, Coloradoans passed Amendment 20 establishing the Medical Marijuana Registry. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment maintains a confidential database of patients who have applied for a registry identification card for the medical use of marijuana. Registry identification cards are available to Colorado residents and valid only in Colorado.
Patients who are currently receiving medical treatment for a debilitating medical condition may qualify for a registry identification card.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment only issues registry identification cards and maintains the confidential Medical Marijuana Registry. For questions about Medical Marijuana Centers or Caregiver registration, please contact the Department of Revenue at 303-205-8421 or visit their website.
Physician Certification Policies:
The Registry has conducted an extensive review of all its written materials and policies to ensure compliance with State statutes and to increase readability and comprehension rates. As a result of this analysis, new forms were released on October 24, 2011.
Physicians recommending the use of medical marijuana to their patients should be aware of the following policies and procedures.
1. Physician Certification Process: The Physician Certification must be completed and signed by a M.D. or D.O. with an active Colorado medical license. Physicians with conditions or restrictions on their license, or out-of-state license, may not sign the form. Medical staff who do not have active licensure as a M.D. or D.O. may not conduct the physical examination, complete or sign the Physician Certification.
2. Submitting New Physician Certifications: Physician Certifications are submitted annually as part of the application process. Physician Certifications submitted separately from the application process will be rejected. If the patient‘s homebound status has changed, the patient may submit form #MMR1011 Change of Homebound Status, which includes a Physician Certification.
3. DEA Verification of Physician Certifications: The Registry rejects Physician Certifications on which the physician‘s name does not match the name on the DEA Certificate. To reduce potential for rejection please ensure that the physician‘s legal name is recorded on the Physician Certification, regardless how the physician signs paperwork.
4. Confidentiality of Patient and Physician Data: Information gathered from the application packet, including the Physician Certification, is used to determine a patient‘s eligibility for a Medical Marijuana Registration Card. All patient and physician records are confidential. The Registry is required to maintain statistical records and provide aggregate data to State regulatory agencies to ensure legislative compliance. This information does not include confidential indicators associated with patients or physicians.
5. Medical Diagnosis and Plant Count Recommendations: The Registry approves patient applications within legislative parameters. Registry staff are not qualified or permitted to provide guidance regarding diagnosis or plant count recommendations for patients. Per Colorado Constitution, Article XVIII, Section 14, the standard plant count is six plants, no more than two ounces of a usable form of marijuana.
Presenting MMJ Applications as Proof of Registration
Effective July 1, 2011, Colorado Revised Statute 12-43.3-402. Medical marijuana center license rules were amended to allow Medical Marijuana Centers to accept copies of new applications as temporary proof of registry. To present application as proof of registration, the patient must provide the following:
• A new application packet including the application and physician‘s certification. Patients may now show renewal paperwork as proof of registry
• A certified mail return receipt with a mailing date no more than 35 days old
• A valid picture ID that matches the name on the application
Computer Access to State MMJ Records.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment takes the role of data security seriously and incorporates all statutory requirements in its computer systems. The computer system used by the Medical Marijuana Registry (MMR) uses the same computer security methods that are used by the computer system housing birth records. Only MMR employees have access to the MMR computer system, and that access is controlled by defined roles. For example, an employee can only access the portion of the MMR computer system necessary to perform the functions of his/her job.
Statute requires that the department respond to law enforcement inquiries to verify that an
MMR certificate is valid. MMR employees manually look up records for law enforcement using procedures that comply with Colorado law. The department is working with law enforcement to automate those queries. Any future automated queries will be subject to the same submission requirements as the current manual inquiries, and the information released in response to such inquiries would be identical to what is currently being supplied manually. All queries will be recorded and logged for audit purposes.
> request your mmj patient info - pdf form
Denial of Red Card Applications:
Per Colorado Board of Health rules:
The department may deny an application for any of the following reasons:
1. The physician recommendation is falsified;
2. Any information on the application is falsified;
3. The identification card that is presented with the application is not the patient‘s identification card;
4. The applicant is not a Colorado resident;
5. If the department has twice rejected the patient‘s application,
and the applicant‘s third submission is incomplete.
Patients whose applications are in the denial process will receive a Letter of Intent to Deny from the Registry. This letter details the reasons for denial and the appeals process.
If the department denies an application, then the applicant may not submit a new application until six months following the date of denial and may not use the application as a registry card. If the basis for denial is falsification, law enforcement shall be notified of any fraud issues.
The Registry is anticipating a high volume of annual renewals in the next few months. The renewal process is the same as for new applicants. Applicants are encouraged to begin the process 45 - 60 days before their card‘s expiration date. Renewal applications cannot be used as evidence of registration for medical marijuana purchases.
Applicants should not send in renewal applications more than 60 days before their expiration date. Applications received more than 60 days before the expiration date are rejected. The application fee is cashed by the Registry. Applicants who choose to submit a new application within the 60-day window will have to submit all new paperwork.
Effective January 1, 2012, the Registry will no longer accept Food Stamp and Supplemental Security Income letters as proof of low-income status.
Patients with a household income that is 185% of the Federal Poverty Level or less, qualify for fee waiver.
Household incomes at 185% of 2011 Federal Poverty Guidelines*
1 person - income lower than $20,146.50
2 persons - income lower than $27,213.50
3 persons - income lower than $34,280.50
4 persons - income lower than $41,347.50
5 persons - income lower than $48,414.50
6 persons - income lower than $55,481.50
7 persons - income lower than $62,548.50
8 persons - income lower than $69,615.50
each additional person - income lower than $ 7,067.00
Source: Federal Register, Vol 76, No. 13, January 20, 2011, ppl 3637-3638
*Poverty guidelines are updated periodically in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the authority of 42 U.S.C. 9902(2)
To apply for a Fee Waiver/Tax Exempt Status, patients must:
1. Request a certified copy of their most current State tax return from the Department of Revenue. Tax returns must be within the last two years to qualify. Patients can request a certified copy of their tax return by completing form DR-5714
Request for Copy of Tax Returns available at .colorado.gov/cms/forms/dor-tax/dr5714.pdf
The form must be completed, notarized and sent to the Colorado Department of Revenue for processing.
2. Complete form MMR1010 Request for Fee Waiver/Tax-Exempt Status.Â Click here to download the form.
3. Send the Request for Fee Waiver/Tax-Exempt Status form and the certified copy of the most current State tax return with the patient‘s application.
4. Patients who already have a Medical Marijuana Registration Card, may submit form MMR 1010 and a copy of their certified State tax return to have their card status modified to "Tax Exempt."