Ever since recreational cannabis was legalized in the state, many marijuana seed banks in Colorado have begun sprouting out of nowhere to sell seeds of different types of weed strains. However, even though recreational cannabis use in Colorado has only been around for a while, this state has long been using medical marijuana as it has been legal to use weed for its medicinal benefits since 2000.
So, if you are someone who wants to use marijuana strictly for its medicinal and therapeutic benefits, you cannot just simply go out to the nearest cannabis dispensary to buy weed you can use for self-medicating your illnesses. There are rules and procedures that you have to strictly follow.
How to get your Own Med Card in Colorado
In the state of Colorado, you are allowed to use medical marijuana if you are an approved patient with written medical consent from a doctor or a healthcare specialist. You can possess up to 2 ounces of medical marijuana and can also cultivate your own medical marijuana strains at home so long as they do not exceed six plants. Laws are also strict in the sense that you are only allowed to get your marijuana from an approved seller called a medical cannabis dispensary.
Check if you are eligible
Not everyone in Colorado is eligible for a medical card. That said, you have to check your eligibility first before you attempt to get your own medical marijuana card.
A medical marijuana card in Colorado requires you to be a legal resident of Colorado. You must be at least 18 years old or, if you are a minor, you have to have a qualifying condition and you must have a caregiver that is also a legal resident of the state. The conditions that can qualify you for a med card include HIV, glaucoma, chronic muscle spasms, and PTSD.
2. Create an account
In the past, the common way of getting your own med card is through the mail. However, that could take as long as two months. As such, you can apply for a medical card online by creating your own user account in the state’s own website. You can even use your debit or credit cards to pay for the application. This new digital way has allowed medical marijuana patient to secure their cards faster and more efficient than ever.
3. Secure certification from a doctor
The next step, which is arguably the most difficult part of the process of getting a medical marijuana card, is to secure a certification from a doctor. This certification is merely a doctor or physician’s approval that you indeed are in need of medical marijuana. However, you should not merely go to any regular doctor because you have to get your certification from a list of doctors that are approved by the state of Colorado.
The best way for you is to look for a licensed doctor is to search online. A list will quickly come up. The best doctors you should go to are the ones that allow you to set an appointment instead of just simply letting you come into the clinic where you may have to wait for a long time to see a doctor.
After choosing an approved doctor, go and check whether or not they need you to secure additional requirements or if you need to fill out some paperwork before you are allowed to go visit the clinic. You can then visit the doctor and go through a routine checkup where the physician assesses whether or not you really need a medical marijuana card. Once approved by the doctor, he or she will upload your certification to your account. If not, you can simply ask for a copy and upload the certification yourself.
4. Choose whether you will be cultivating or buying from a dispensary
When applying for a medical marijuana card, you need to choose whether you will be buying marijuana from a dispensary or growing them yourself.
5. Payment and approval
Finally, after all of the steps above have been complied with, you only need to pay the necessary fees and wait for your med card to be approved. Once approved, you are now allowed to buy medical marijuana from a dispensary or to cultivate no more than six medical marijuana strains yourself.
Why Secure a Medical Marijuana Card in Colorado?
Here are some of the reasons why it is great if you have a medical marijuana card in Colorado:
You will be taxed less
Medical marijuana patients are not as heavily taxed as recreational marijuana users. While you still have to comply with the usual state sales tax, you no longer need to pay the outrageous state marijuana tax of 10%.
2. Dispensaries have special counters for medical marijuana patients
When you have a medical marijuana card, you no longer have to wait in the regular lines to secure your own marijuana because most dispensaries have special counters that are assigned for those with med cards.
3. You can get some strains and edibles reserved only for medical marijuana patients
There are certain strains that are for sale only for medical marijuana patients. In that case, if you have a med card, you can easily get your hands on those strains or on some edibles that can be more potent than what you can regularly get if you are only going for recreational strains found in dispensaries.
4. You are allowed to be in possession of more marijuana
Recreational marijuana users are only allowed to be in possession of marijuana for up to an ounce at a time. Meanwhile, medical marijuana patients are given more leeway in the sense that they are allowed to possess up to two ounces. That means that you can legally enjoy more marijuana than those who only use recreational marijuana strains. On top of that, you can even cultivate your own plants (up to six at a time) at home.