A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Your Medical Card in Colorado

Though recreational cannabis has been legal in Colorado for a bit, medical cannabis is still a huge industry that so many residents are benefitting from. To find out if you qualify for a Colorado medical marijuana card, we’ve created this easy step-by-step guide to getting your MMJ card and purchasing all of your favorite medical cannabis products.

  1. Find a qualified physician and receive a physician’s certification 
  2. Make an account and apply online (or in the mail!)
  3. Pay your fees and submit your application
  4. Get approved and receive your MMJ card
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How to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in Colorado

In general, medical patients in Colorado are going to have a few more perks than non-medical patients. Medical patients have access to larger possession amounts, larger at-home yields, and even special counters at dispensaries. 

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Who Can Get a Medical Card in Colorado?

To get a medical card in Colorado, you must be at least 18 years old, be an in-state resident, and have been diagnosed with at least one of the state’s qualifying medical conditions. 

Minors in Colorado with qualifying conditions also have access to medical cannabis cards, they just have to meet with two different physicians and receive two different physician certifications—rather than just one—to qualify. 

What Are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis in Colorado?

The qualifying medical conditions for getting a medical marijuana card in Colorado are:

  • AIDS (Positive Status)
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV (Positive Status)
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe pain

How-To Steps for Getting Your Colorado Medical Marijuana Card

1: Find a Qualified Physician and Receive a Physician’s Certification 

First thing’s first: if you want a Colorado medical marijuana card, you’ll need to find an approved physician to help you get one. These doctors will then evaluate you to see if you have at least one of the qualifying conditions listed in the state program. From there, they will fill out a physician’s certification for you, a document that’s integral in your MMJ application process. 

2: Make an Account and Apply Online

Next, it’s time to make an online account and apply for your card online. You will do this through Colorado’s Department of Public Health & Environment website. Make sure you’re able to easily make a copy of your physician’s certification to send in alongside your application. 

If you don’t have access to the Internet or a computer, don’t worry! The state offers mail-in options just for you. However, the process is going to take a few weeks longer than it would if you completed it online. 

3: Pay Your Fees and Submit Your Application

Now, after you’ve crafted an online account (if you can), you must pay the $25 application process fee. Once this has been paid, your application will be submitted and all you have to do is wait.

4. Get Approved and Receive Your Colorado MMJ Card

In just a few days, your Colorado MMJ card application will be approved and you’ll receive a virtual copy of your MMJ card. If you completed the process through the mail, you can expect to receive your physical card in the mail about 6-8 weeks later. Now, it’s time to shop one of the hundreds of medical dispensaries in the state of Colorado.