The Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry is a voters’ initiative contained in Ballot Amendment No. 20, which was approved on November 7, 2000, and made effective on June 1, 2001. The law removes criminal liabilities on the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana by patients who have been diagnosed and affirmed by a licensed physician to have debilitating medical conditions.
The law was amended by House Bill No. 1284, which provides rules and regulations on the licensing and operation of medical marijuana centers/dispensaries and by Senate Bill 109, which set-forth regulations on the certifying duties and powers of physicians for qualifying patients. The two statutes were both made effective on June 7, 2010.
A designated caregiver must at least be 18 years old or older and his name must be indicated on the application for registration of the qualifying patient he will serve as a caregiver. This information will be entered into the patient’s record and reflected on the registration card.
A person can serve as Primary Caregiver for no more than five (5) registered patients and he shall maintain a list of his registered patients, including their registry identification card numbers, at all times.
The designated caregiver is required to pay a nonrefundable registration fee of $15 which will be submitted along with the applications and other requirements.
The Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry authorizes the licensing and operation of Medical Marijuana Centers (MMCs) and Medical Marijuana-Infused Products Manufacturers from which registered qualifying patients or designated primary caregivers, acting on behalf of the patient, may purchase medical marijuana and marijuana-infused products. When these entities have an Optional Premises Cultivation license, they are also allowed to cultivate marijuana for medical purposes only.
Applications for a State License shall be submitted to the State Licensing Authority and the following information is required on the license application:
- The name and address of the applicant
- The names and addresses of the officers, directors, or managers
- All other information deemed necessary by the licensing authority
Each application shall be subject to verification as may be prescribed by the licensing authority. The law provides that all owners, officers, managers, and employees of a medical marijuana center, optional premises, cultivation operation, and medical marijuana-infused products manufacturers shall be residents of the state of Colorado.
The Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry allows the registered qualifying patient and the designated primary caregiver to cultivate medical marijuana with no more than six plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants producing a usable form of marijuana.
The law also authorizes the operation of licensed medical marijuana centers and medical marijuana-infused products manufacturers where qualifying patients or designated primary caregivers may purchase medical marijuana. When these entities have an Optional Premises Cultivation license, they are also allowed to cultivate marijuana for medical purposes only.