Medical Marijuana Council

January 21, 2011

The Medical Marijuana Council provides a great deal of information on medical marijuana and studies that have been done regarding marijuana and it's effectiveness and safety with regard to various illnesses.  Most all information they provide is in layperson terms and is extrapolated from scientific studies to help the patient who is considering medical marijuana make a decision. 

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Medical Marijuana 35 Day Waiting Period

October 9, 2010

So you're sick, and you prefer to medicate with medical marijuana to ease your pain and symptoms. After all it is non-toxic and is well known to aid sleep, appetite, and mood, not to mention medical marijuana can ease pain and suffering of anxiety, pain, glaucoma, MS, wasting syndrome, nausea, and many other ailments.  So you visit your Dr. and he or she agrees that your ailment may benefit from the use of medical marijuana, AND that your sickness is on the list of "approved" ailments by the Colorado Department of Health.  So.. you send in your application to be listed as a medical marijuana patient with the State of Colorado and your Dr. recommendation along with the required fees to the State of Colorado Health Dept. Division of Medical Marijuana.  Do you think you're legal to use medical marijuana?  You're NOT!  It doesn't matter that your Dr. and you both agree that medical marijuana is a good option.  You must WAIT for the Colorado Dept. of Health to APPROVE your medical marijuana application.  But WAIT!  They are backlogged NINE MONTHS on medical marijuana applications!   Although it would seem that a decision about your health would be between you and your Dr.  and NOT involve the Government.  Well think again.  However the good news is you don't have to wait the entire NINE MONTHS! 


Colorado medical marijuana patients need to remember that their medical marijuajna card or application is valid 35 days AFTER they send in their medical marijuana application to the Colorado Department of Health (we know it sucks that you have to wait considering this is a matter of health, however it could be much worse if the law required you to wait for your card to return in the mail). 

IF you are currently an actively licensed medical marijuana patient in Colorado you should be sure to review your expiration date so you can reapply 35 days before the expiration date on your medical marijuana card, and not be caught in a 35 day waiting period of being unable to obtain your medical marijuana from a medical marijuana center if you wait until the final expiration date to reapply.  In other words always renew and reapply for your card at least 35 days before the expiration of your existing medical marijuana card. 

Since the Colorado Dept. of Health is backlogged up to 9 months on processing medical marijuana ID cards, you are not considered legal for the first 35 days UNLESS by some miracle the Colorado Dept. of Health catches up with their back log of medical marijuana applications, and sends out your medical marijuana card within days.  Therefore it is important you carry the following on you at all times to prove you have applied to be a medical marijuana patient: 

1. A copy of your medical marijuana application form. 

2.  A copy of PROOF of mailing (certified mail receipt) 

3.  Proof of payment (money order receipt)

If you are a medical marijuana patient who is growing your own marijuana plants, you should also keep a copy of all of the above items at your home, so if anyone wants to verify that you are a legitimate patient your family can show a copy of your medical marijuana papers if you are not home. 

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