- Fully legal
2 oz flower, 1 oz concentrate
2 oz flower, 6 g concentrate
Up to 99 plantsRequire physician recommendation
6 plantsMax 3 mature
Get approved by a doctor, then apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.
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Both medical marijuana and adult use cannabis is legal in Colorado.
The Colorado law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card:
To become a medical cannabis patient in Colorado, you’ll need to:
No, at the moment, telemedicine is not allowed in Colorado. At this time, you will need to meet a physician in person to get certified.
For medical card holders = 2 oz. flower, 1 oz. concentrate;
For recreational users (if applicable) = 2 oz. flower, 8 g concentrate
For both medical card holders and recreational users = 6 plants, with only 3 being mature at any one time.
However, a CO medical marijuana patient may get an extended plant count to grow up to 99 plants on a non-residential property.
Colorado does not have medical marijuana reciprocity, and does not recognize other states’ medical marijuana cards.
Yes, your Colorado medical marijuana card is recognized by some other states with a medical marijuana program and medical cannabis reciprocity.
The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:
However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is fine) – just that you are protected by the state’s medical marijuana laws to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and you intend on purchasing medical marijuana.
The qualifying condition usually has to match between states, so if your qualifying condition is accepted in one state and not your visiting state, your recommendation is not necessarily valid. You are also beholden to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.
The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing a visiting patient application to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:
There are no specific laws in Colorado about possessing a firearm and possessing marijuana. However, it is federally illegal to consume cannabis and possess or use a firearm. Even if you are not under the influence of cannabis at the time, THC metabolites can stay in the body for quite some time, and this may be used to restrict your firearm possession and may invalidate your medical marijuana recommendation.
Those who have any non-violent convictions may apply for the medical marijuana program as both a patient or as a caregiver. However, those with a felony record may be prevented from working in the cannabis industry, depending on the type of crime and whether the conviction is over 7 years-old.
Colorado began requiring cannabis cultivators in 2018 to submit their flower and trim batches—recreational as well as medical—for testing for mycotoxins, heavy metals and other pesticides. Vitamin E Acetate, polyethylene glycol (PEG) and medium chain triglycerides (MCT oil) are all also tested for when it comes to inhalable products.
In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy, or another legally designated space to purchase cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can actually do so.
All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals or any other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private members club and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.
The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense and generally keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.