Colorado’s official government site providing the rules and regulations in the state can be found at: http://www.colorado.gov/
Ballot Amendment 20 — Approved Nov. 7, 2000 by 54% of voters Effective: June 1, 2001
Laws and Regulations
Colorado Board of Health Regulations
Colorado laws pertaining to Medical Marijuana
- Colorado Revised Statutes 18-18-406.3 Medical use of marijuana by persons diagnosed with debilitating medical conditions – unlawful acts – penalty – medical marijuana program cash fund.
Colorado Revised Statute 25-1.5-106 Medical marijuana program – powers and duties of department
- House Bill 1043 Concerning Medical Marijuana, and Making an Appropriation Therefor.
- House Bill 1284 Colorado Medical Marijuana Code
- Senate Bill 109 Concerning Regulation of the Physician-Patient Relationship for Medical Marijuana Patients
Qualifying Medical Conditions
Removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess written documentation from their physician affirming that he or she suffers from a debilitating condition and advising that they “might benefit from the medical use of marijuana.” (Patients must possess this documentation prior to an arrest.) Approved Conditions: Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS positive, cachexia; severe pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those that are characteristic of epilepsy; or persistent muscle spasms, including those that are characteristic of multiple sclerosis. Other conditions are subject to approval by the Colorado Board of Health. Possession/Cultivation: A patient or a primary caregiver who has been issued a Medical Marijuana Registry identification card may possess no more than two ounces of a usable form of marijuana and not more than six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are producing a usable form of marijuana. Patients who do not join the registry or possess greater amounts of marijuana than allowed by law may argue the “affirmative defense of medical necessity” if they are arrested on marijuana charges. Amended: House Bill 1284 (236 KB) and Senate Bill 109 (50 KB) Effective: June 7, 2010 Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed the bills into law and stated the following in a June 7, 2010 press release: “House Bill 1284 provides a regulatory framework for dispensaries, including giving local communities the ability to ban or place sensible and much-needed controls on the operation, location and ownership of these establishments. Senate Bill 109 will help prevent fraud and abuse, ensuring that physicians who authorize medical marijuana for their patients actually perform a physical exam, do not have a DEA flag on their medical license and do not have a financial relationship with a dispensary.”
Amendment 64 implementation underway; retail marijuana stores should be operating by January 2014
Last November, the voters of Colorado made history when they approved Amendment 64, a ballot initiative backed by MPP to make the possession, sale, and home cultivation of marijuana legal. It was a moment to celebrate, but it was not the end of our work. Since then, the Department of Revenue and local governments have been diligently working on rules and regulations that Amendment 64 stores must adhere to. Thanks to the work of advocates on the ground, the Department of Revenue, and local governments, on December 30, 2013, packaged and labeled marijuana and marijuana products should be available for purchase in select cities — including (but not limited to) Denver, Pueblo County, Aspen, Breckenridge, and Boulder — by anyone 21 years of age or older through state-licensed stores. Source: MMP Medical Marijuana Registry Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment HSVR-ADM2-A1 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South Denver, CO 80246-1530 Phone: 303-692-2184 firstname.lastname@example.org CO Medical Marijuana Registry Information provided by the state on sources for medical marijuana: “The Colorado Medical Marijuana amendment, statutes and regulations are silent on the issue of dispensaries. While the Registry is aware that a number of such businesses have been established across the state, we do not have a formal relationship with them.” (accessed Jan. 11, 2010) Patient Registry Fee: $35 Accepts other states’ registry ID cards? No Registration: Mandatory
Colorado voters end state marijuana prohibition!
This past November, Colorado and Washington became the first states in the country — and the first geographic areas in the world — to enact a state-legal system of marijuana cultivation and sales to adults 21 years of age and older. Click here to read the full initiative language or here for a detailed summary. The effort was coordinated under the umbrella of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, led on the ground by initiative proponents Brian Vicente of Sensible Colorado and Mason Tvert formerly of SAFER and now the director of communications at MPP. This campaign was the culmination of a six-year effort to build support for marijuana policy reform in the state. Thanks to each and every one of you who donated to the effort to end Colorado’s marijuana prohibition. This historic accomplishment was the direct result of donations, volunteers, paid staff, and countless individuals who reached out to family and friends in Colorado about the need to reform failed prohibitionist policies.