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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What if I move or my caregiver moves? What if I want to change my caregiver?
When there has been a change in the name, address, physician, or primary caregiver of a patient who has qualified for a registry identification card, that patient must notify the registry of any such change within ten days. A patient who has not designated a primary caregiver at the time of application may do so in writing at any time during the effective period of the registry identification card, and the primary caregiver may act in this capacity after such designation. CDPHE (http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hs/Medicalmarijuana/FAQs.pdf)
Can I use my Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry identification card in another state?
At this time, there are no “reciprocity” agreements with other states to recognize the Colorado law except in Montana and Rhode Island. CDPHE (http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hs/Medicalmarijuana/FAQs.pdf)
I am a registered patient in another state, do I have any legal right to use my medicine while visiting Colorado?
No, Colorado’s law does not recognize patients registered in other states. CDPHE (http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hs/Medicalmarijuana/FAQs.pdf)
Where can I legally use my medicine?
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. CDPHE (http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hs/Medicalmarijuana/FAQs.pdf)
But isn't marijuana addictive?
“Substantial research exists regarding marijuana and addiction. While the scientific community has yet to achieve full consensus on this matter, the majority of epidemiological and animal data demonstrate that the reinforcing properties of marijuana in humans is low in comparison to other drugs of abuse, including alcohol and nicotine. According to the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM), fewer than one in 10 marijuana smokers become regular users of the drug, and most voluntary cease their use after 34 years of age. By comparison, 15 percent of alcohol consumers and 32 percent of tobacco smokers exhibit symptoms of drug dependence. According to the IOM, observable cannabis withdrawal symptoms are rare and have only been identified under unique patient settings. These remain limited to adolescents in treatment facilities for substance abuse problems, and in a research setting where subjects were given marijuana or THC daily. Compared with the profound physical syndrome of alcohol or heroin withdrawal, marijuana-related withdrawal symptoms are mild and subtle. Symptoms may include restlessness, irritability, mild agitation and sleep disruption. However, for the overwhelming majority of marijuana smokers, these symptoms are not severe enough to re-initiate their use of cannabis.” NORML (http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=3418)
Who is eligible to receive a medical marijuana license from teh state of Colorado?
“Colorado law allows Colorado residents to obtain a “Medical Marijuana Registry” identification card if they have a “debilitating condition” for which a doctor provides a “recommendation” that marijuana may alleviate that condition. Debilitating medical conditions include: Cancer; Glaucoma, and HIV. In addition, a doctor may recommend medical marijuana for other debilitating conditions if the condition produces one of the following conditions in the patient: Cachexia; Severe pain; Severe nausea; Seizures, including those that are characteristic of epilepsy; or persistent muscle spasms, including those that are characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
Patients who would like to obtain a recommendation for medical marijuana for a condition that is not explicitly covered by the state law should consult their doctor and attorney in advance of applying for a Medical Marijuana Registry card. Patients can petition the Health Department to add new debilitating conditions to the current list. Petitioning the Health Department requires significant scientific proof. If a prospective patient makes an application to recognize a new condition, a special rulemaking proceeding in front of the Colorado Board of Health may be necessary to add a new condition to the list. The rulemaking process is very detailed and a prospective patient should do extensive work in advance of the hearing by consulting with attorneys and doctors to make sure the application has the best chances for success.” Sensible Colorado http://sensiblecolorado.org/mm/faqs/
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Council
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Medical Marijuana Regisrty