MMJ Doctors & Medical Marijuana Registry Info

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Can you recommend a MMJ doctor?

  2. How do I get started to becoming a patient?

  3. What is the Colorado law concerning the medical use of marijuana?
  4. When and where can you legally use medical marijuana?

  5. Where's my card? What do I do until my card arrives?
  6. Can I come in and look around?

  7. Do you accept medicinal marijuana patient registry cards from other states?

  8. Why was I denied a registry card?

  9. What is the law concerning caregivers?

  10. How can I make MMR my caregiver?
  11. How is my confidentiality protected?
  12. Why can't I go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana?

1. Can you recommend a Medical Marijuana doctor?

  • need_card.pngDr. David Gray: 361-816-8422 (Breckenridge - $165)
  • Dr. Barry Bialek: 303-449-4777 (Frisco)
  • Healthy Choices Unlimited: 720-443-2420 (Boulder & Frisco - every other Tuesday, twice a month, call for details)
  • Dr. Margaret Gedde: 877-237-8571 (Salida/Denver/Colorado Springs)
  • The Medical Marijuana Doctors: 720-287-3440 (Denver)
  • Amarimed of Colorado, Dr. Alan Shackleford: 720-532-4744 (Denver)
  • RSCMD, Inc., Dr. Richard Cohen: 303-892-6436 (Denver - Tue, Thur, Fri & Sat)

2. How do I get started to become a patient?

CDPHEbanner.jpgFirst question: Are you a Colorado resident? Great! Read on below. No? Sorry but the MMJ program is only for state residents. What qualifies as a state resident? Having a CO drivers license, pay-stub, utility or medical bill with a CO mailing address on it establishes your residency.

First thing you need to do is make an appointment with one of the medical marijuana doctors listed above. After you see the doc you will need to print out the application form and mail it into the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment with a check for $35, copy of your license and proof of residency, completed Physician's Referral and completed and notarized application form. Be sure to mail this certified so you have proof of mailing! With copies of all of these documents you can shop for the next 35 days. After that you will have to wait for your official marijuana red card to arrive in the mail.

The Colorado Department of Public Health Medical Marijuana Registry

3. What is the Colorado law concerning the medical use of marijuana?

welcome-to-colorado.jpgA patient (someone who has a recommendation from a Dr and a state issued medical marijuana card) may engage in the medical use of marijuana, with no more marijuana than is medically necessary to address a debilitating medical condition. A patient's medical use of marijuana, within the following limits, is lawful:  No more than two ounces of a usable form of marijuana; and no more than six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are producing a usable form of marijuana.

Become familiar with the laws concerning the use of medical marijuana in Colorado by reviewing the Colorado Constitution Amendment 20.

4. When and where can I legally use medical marijuana?

marijuana-leaf.pngFrom Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: No patient shall: Engage in the medical use of marijuana in a way that endangers the health or well-being of any person; or engage in the medical use of marijuana in plain view of, or in a place open to, the general public.  Law enforcement has informed the Medical Marijuana Registry of the following:  Any place outside of the patient’s home is considered public.  “In plain view” also includes the patient’s yard or garage if that patient can be seen using their medicine by neighbors.

5. Where's my medical marijuana card? What do I do until my card arrives?

775px-Seal_of_Colorado.svg.pngAll time frames are measured from the date of receipt in the registry. Rejections: Within 2 weeks, New/renewal cards: 35-50 days

Colorado Constitution, Article XVIII, Section 14, paragraph 3 (d) states: Except for patients applying pursuant to subsection (6) of this section, 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. Receipt shall be deemed to have occurred upon delivery to the state health agency, or deposit in the United States mails. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no application shall be deemed received prior to June 1, 1999. 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. In other words, MMRockies advises all persons applying for a medical marijuana card to make a copy of the application form, the physician certificate, and the certified mail receipt. These documents will be able to help prove your legality, and act as your temporary paperwork until you medical marijuana card arrives. For more information, please visit: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDPHE-CHEIS/CBON/1251593016680 or please call the Registry @ (303)-692-2184.

6. Can I come into a medical marijuana dispensary and look around?

Medical Marijuana of the Rockies StoreUnfortunately no; only medicinal marijuana registry patients are allowed to come into the dispensary. However, everyone is welcome to come into our front desk area to inquire information and/or forms to start the marijuana card application process.

7. Do you accept medicinal marijuana patient registry cards from other states?

welcme.jpgNo. At this time, the Colorado legislature has not approved any reciprocal agreements with any other jurisdictions.

8. Why was I denied a marijuana red card?

 

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Common Mistakes

The Medical Marijuana Registry is returning a large number of application packets and change of patient data requests due to easily preventable errors. Below is a check-list that may help prevent some of the most common reasons for returning requests. Please take the time to review your materials to avoid having your request returned and delaying the issuance of your card.

Application Packet Checklist

  • The Application is complete and accurate.
  • The Application was signed and dated by you and a Colorado notary.
  • The dates of your signature and the notary's signature match.
  • The Physician Certification is complete and accurate.
  • The date of the Physician's signature is current. Mail your application packet as soon as possible after your physician signs the Physician Certification.
  • There are no areas on any of the forms where information has been written over, crossed out or white-out was used.
  • You have included a clear copy of your valid Colorado ID.
  • If you do not have a Colorado ID, you have included a clear copy of your ID and proof of residency.
  • If included, the address on your proof of residency paperwork matches the address of the Application.
  • If included, all copies of utility or cable bills show both the "mail to" address and the "service" address. Both addresses are in Colorado.
  • You have made copies of all the documents you are sending to the Registry.
  • You have included a form of payment or the Request for Fee Waiver/Tax-Exempt Status form.
  • Submit your application packet for yourself. Do not allow anyone else to submit the paperwork for you.
  • Send your application packet by certified mail to have proof of submission. Keep the mail receipt.
  • Check out CDPHE's website for a time estimate for processing applications. Questions can be sent by email to medical.marijuana@state.co.us or by phone at 303-692-2184.

9. What is the law concerning caregivers?

The Department is working to implement the provisions of H.B. 10-1284. That law contains a provision that limits a primary-caregiver to caring for no more than five patients unless exceptional circumstances exist. The Department plans to draft rules which will establish the criteria for "exceptional circumstances". Any proposed rules will first be taken to the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee, which is currently being created, for review and comment. A formal rule-making hearing before the state Board of Health is necessary to adopt such a standard. Until such time as the Board has adopted rules that establish the criteria for exceptional circumstances, it is the responsibility of the patient and his or her current primary care-giver to determine whether that primary care-giver will continue providing services to the patient.

10. How can I make MMR my caregiver?

Come into our Summit County dispensary and fill out our new member form and get 15% off of all purchases and monthly members specials.

11. How is my confidentiality protected?

From Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Your confidentiality is protected by law and by the procedures used by the registry. There are no public lists of patients or physicians and the registry database resides on a stand-alone computer and is password protected and encrypted.  Our medical marijuana dispensary office and all of its contents are locked at night when the registry administrator is out of the office.

12. Why can't I go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana?

rx.pngPharmacies can only dispense medications that are prescribed. Marijuana is currently classified by the federal government as a Schedule One drug, which means it cannot be prescribed by any health care professional. Amendment 20 allows doctors to recommend marijuana, and it allows patients to grow their own medical marijuana for their private use.