Guide On How To Get A Colorado Medical Card
For access to legalized medicinal marijuana in the state of Colorado, it’s important to sign up for an approved Colorado Medical Card. This card is specifically designed and approved for patients needing access to verified cannabis.
To do this, Colorado residents are expected to go through an all-encompassing application process.
Before anything else, the government in Colorado is going to ask for eligibility qualifications. Without meeting these, you will not be able to move forward with the application.
To qualify, a patient much have one of the following medical conditions:
- Chronic Pain (Severe)
- Severe Nausea
- Chronic Muscle Spasms
Along with one of these medical conditions, the applicant will also have to be:
- 18 Years of Age or Older
- A Colorado Resident
For minors, there are separate standards in place to process medical marijuana card applications. The minor and his/her parent(s) will have to be from the Colorado area. In addition to this, the minor must have one of the qualifying medical conditions listed above.
Please note, approval standards for minors are far more rigorous in comparison to adults. To gain approval, the medical condition is going to be tested in detail with at least two physicians signing off on the listed condition. These will have to be board-certified physicians including a qualified pediatrician/family physician/child and adolescent psychiatrist. This medical professional will have to verify the medical condition, its symptoms, and why medical marijuana would prove useful in managing symptoms.
The application is also going to require a detailed attestation with the same details.
Before going through the application process, it’s highly recommended to have all of your documents ready to go. This can speed up the application and ensure everything is submitted in a timely manner.
If you’re applying online, have a valid Colorado ID (i.e. driver’s license) in hand. It’s best to make a separate PDF/JPEG copy of this ID as it will need to be uploaded.
You will also require the following:
- Social Security Number
- Credit Card/Bank Account Number (for processing fee)
- Birth Certificate (for minors)
- Death Certificate of Parent(s) (If Necessary)
- Court-Issued Sole Custody Order
- Consent Form for Minors
Once again, all of these documents should be saved in PDF/JPEG format since they will need to be uploaded at one point or another. This can help keep things moving along when it’s time to apply.
The Application Process
Now it’s time to look at the most important part of this process and that would be handling your application. Make sure to go through each step in detail, understand what’s required, and then move forward. Otherwise, you may end up making unnecessary mistakes and delaying the application for weeks or months.
1) Physician Testing
To get your hands on a Colorado Medical Card, it’s important to go through a rigorous physical test with a qualified physician. This physician will be the only one able to recommend the use of medical marijuana and therefore needs to be in good standing in Colorado and a practicing physician. He/she will also need to be a certified DO/MD while also having a registered certificate online with the state association. For the management of a physician’s credentials, it’s best to sit down and speak to them about this as soon as possible. This is a required standard and is therefore expected by qualified physicians. In most cases, they will mention all of these details right away and will also offer updates for the certifications.
2) Account Creation
After gaining access to the physician’s credentials, it’s time to visit https://medicalmarijuana.colorado.gov/state-co-entellitrak/login.request.do to sign up for a brand-new account.
This is a required step before applying online.
3) Filling Out the Application
When it’s time to fill out the application, start by signing into the official account created under your name.
You will want to click “new” and start entering all relevant patient information into the highlighted boxes. Please make sure all details are up-to-date and accurate. For those with an expired Colorado Medical Card, please click “Renew” and move forward with the renewal. You will not be required to fill out anything else unless asked to do so.
After your personal information is in, you have to go to the “Physician Certification” tab. This is going to ask for all of your physician’s certification information as mentioned above. The same will apply to “Cultivation Information,” which should be kept in handy well in advance if necessary.
This should be the last step before paying for your application ($25 processing fee). Remember, this fee is non-refundable and is expected for all new applications/renewals.
4) Waiting Period
Yes, there is a waiting period and the Colorado Medical Card isn’t going to be made available immediately. You can continue to check your email account for updates and/or your online account (under Notifications).
Once the application is approved, you are able to quickly click “Print Card” and have it in your hands in seconds.
In general, the average Colorado Medical Card application takes no more than 1-3 businesses days. However, additional days may be required if inaccurate information is mentioned in the application.
All relevant information will be mentioned on the front of your new Colorado Medical Card (i.e. expiration date).
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