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What to know about medical marijuana

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2024 | Medical Marijuana

Marijuana has been a popular subject among states. And one of the most discussed topics is medical marijuana. So, what is medical marijuana, and who qualifies to use it?

Here is what to know:

What is it?

Medical marijuana is a term for cannabis derivatives that are used to ease the symptoms of certain medical conditions. Studies have shown that medical cannabis can benefit patients with debilitating and disabling medical conditions.

Do you qualify to use medical marijuana?

Your health care provider will determine if you qualify to use medical marijuana, depending on your condition. To recommend medical marijuana for debilitating conditions, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS or severe pain, a healthcare provider must:

  • Be a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
  • Be in good standing and licensed to practice medicine in Colorado
  • Have a valid, unrestricted DEA certification
  • Have an online account to submit certifications

To recommend medical marijuana for only disabling medical conditions, such as  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder, a health care provider must be a dentist, physician assistant, advanced nurse practitioner, podiatrist or optometrist with prescriptive authority, and meet the last three requirements discussed above.

How can you access medical marijuana?

After your health care provider recommends you for medical marijuana, you will register with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. You will then submit the provider certification. When the department approves your registration, you will receive a registry identification card to legally access medical marijuana in Colorado.

Ensure you submit your application with the correct information to be approved sooner.

What about minors?

Minors with qualifying medical conditions can also legally access medical marijuana. However, they need certifications from two different health care providers.

Even though medical marijuana is legal in the state, laws surrounding its use keep changing. Thus, you may find yourself in trouble. If this happens, consider legal help to defend yourself.