Medical Marijuana Card Facts

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Obtaining a medical marijuana card, also called a Red Card, is generally a simple and easy process. But there are a few important things to know ahead of time. We care about your health and want the experience of obtaining your medical marijuana card to be as simple as possible. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of important facts about obtaining a medical marijuana card in Colorado, or renewing the Colorado medical marijuana card you currently hold. If you have any additional questions, we are here to help! Just give us a call or send us an email and someone will get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.

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Q: I’m not sure if medical marijuana is the right treatment option for me. Can I stop into Herbal Remedies and talk with your staff about options?

A: We are always happy to talk with you and our experienced, knowledgeable staff can walk you through the many options available for medical marijuana treatments. However, Colorado law prevents anyone who does not have a medical marijuana card to enter our store. To assist you, we suggest giving us a call or sending us an email with your questions, or making an appointment with a trusted medical marijuana doctor who will help you determine whether medical marijuana is a good treatment option for your needs.

Q: Why should I bother to get a medical marijuana card when I can purchase recreational marijuana in Colorado?

A: Although recreational marijuana is readily available in Colorado without obtaining a medical marijuana card, medical grade marijuana treatment options are the superior choice for many patients for a variety of reasons, including:

  •  You’ll pay significantly less in taxes for medical marijuana than for recreational marijuana
  • Medical Marijuana offers a larger variety of bud to choose from than recreational marijuana, allowing you to find the best treatment option for your needs.
  • Bud and edibles available to medical patients can be much more potent, allowing you to receive the dose you require for maximum benefit
  • Medical marijuana patients are allowed to purchase up to two ounces at once, instead of just one.
Q: How do I find a Colorado medical marijuana doctor?

A: Obtaining your medical marijuana card, also called a Red Card, is generally a simple and easy process. There are a lot of doctors and clinics in Colorado that provide medical marijuana evaluations – in fact, the number of options can be overwhelming. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of recommended medical marijuana doctors and clinics

Q: How do I obtain a medical marijuana card?

To apply for a medical marijuana card, you will need to be a resident of the state of Colorado with a valid social security number. Make sure to bring your state-issued Colorado ID to your scheduled physician’s consultation as well as enough cash to pay the consultation fee. Fill out the Application for Medical Marijuana Card, or be prepared to fill it out when you get to the clinic. Following your medical consultation, you will need to get your application notarized. Some evaluation clinics will have a notary on staff and who can notarize your paperwork for a small fee.

If you like, designate a caregiver by filling out this Caregiver Acknowledgment form. This is optional, and something that can be done at any time. Then, simply submit your completed notarized application, the completed and signed Physician’s Certification Form, a photocopy of your Colorado ID, and check or money order to cover the application fee of $15. Submit your paperwork in person by putting all of your forms into one sealed envelope, and dropping it in the drop box located at the southeast corner of Building C at the Colorado Department of Public Health, Monday through Friday, 7am-6pm: 710 S. Ash Street, Denver, CO 80246-1530.

Alternatively, you can send your documents via certified mail to:

4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530

Q: How often do Colorado Residents have to renew their Medical Marijuana Cards?

Colorado medical marijuana patients are required to renew their medical marijuana cards every year by visiting a medical marijuana doctor for recertification.It’s important that you renew your medical marijuana card at least 35 days before the expiration date.

Important: do not attempt to renew your card 60 days or more before your medical marijuana card expires. If you do, the Marijuana State Registry will assume the application is for a duplicate card and thereby reject the application. When you try to renew at a later date, another $35 fee will be due to the Colorado State Registry.

How long will it take for me to receive my medical card in the mail?

Mailing your medical marijuana card paperwork via certified mail will provide you with a tracking number which will allow you to look your number up on the USPS website and see when your application was received by the state. CDPHE updates their website daily to show what applications they are processing based on the date received, so knowing when they received your paperwork will give you a better idea of where your application is in the process.


In general, it takes 3-4 weeks to receive a medical marijuana card in mail. If it is the first time you’ve applied for a medical marijuana card in Colorado, your application paperwork can serve as a temporary license for up to 35 days. If you are a patient renewing your license, you are unable to use your paperwork as temporary license. Those renewing are able to renew up to 60 days prior to their expiration date, in order to receive the new card before the old card expires.


There is also an option to receive your card in approximately 2-3 days by registering online. Here’s how:


Step 1: Contact your physician and ask that they submit your physician certification using the new online system.


Step 2: Once your physician has submitted your physician certification online, login and complete your registration online at: Once the electronic application is submitted to the registry, eligible applicants will be approved and can print their own card in one week or less rather than waiting up to 35 days using the paper registration process.


When applying online you will pay the $15.00 processing fee and a $1.10 online transaction fee which is a total of $16.10.  When applying by paper you will pay the $15.00 processing fee and a $3.30 certified mailing fee which is a total of $18.30.

What are Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Colorado?

Qualifying conditions to obtaining a medical marijuana card include:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cancer
  • Severe/Chronic Pain
  • Seizures/Epilepsy
  • Cachexia
  • Severe Nausea
  • Persistent Muscle Spasms
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Migraines
  • Neuropathy
  • Reflux Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
What is a primary medical marijuana center?

A primary medical marijuana center is a dispensary that you have allowed to grow your medical marijuana plants for you. Each Colorado patient is allowed to grow up to six plants unless told otherwise by doctor.  In exchange for growing these plants for you most medical dispensaries will give member benefit or discount. These discounts or benefits will vary from center to center.

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