First of all, you can't get a medical marijuana prescription. Yes, that's right, you cannot get a medical marijuana prescription in Colorado, or any other state. Marijuana is federally classified as a "Schedule 1" drug. The Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classified marijuana as Schedule 1. Basically this means that no doctor can write a prescription for medical marijuana in the United States. If I can't get a medical marijuana prescription in Colorado then how do I get a medical marijuana ID card?
The passage of Amendment 20 of the Colorado state constitution did not make medical marijuana legal in Colorado. In fact, on the medical marijuana registry application form there is a section called "Physician Certification" that clearly states "This does not constitute a prescription for marijuana." What Colorado Amendment 20 did, was pave the way for Colorado Doctors to make a medical marijuana recommendation, or medical marijuana referral.
The logical first step is to have a medical marijuana doctor evaluation by a medical marijuana friendly doctor. Most certified Colorado doctors can make a medical marijuana recommendation but many do not know the process, or are not willing to do so. Medical marijuana is still controversial so many doctors avoid it for fear of losing their medical license. Some doctors are restricted by federal regulations if they work in a VA clinic or hospital and many doctors are afraid to get involved with medical marijuana. You will need to find medical marijuana friendly doctor or you will just be wasting lots of money on doctors appointments. The laws regulating which doctors can write a medical marijuana recommendation are constantly changing so it's not always easy to find a medical marijuana friendly doctor.
While we are discussing the laws related to getting a medical marijuana doctor recommendation it important to understand some of the common symptoms that medical marijuana is commonly used to treat. Here is a short list of diagnosis listed on the medical marijuana registry application that qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation:
HIV or AIDS
Chronic debilitating disease
Persistant muscle spasms
This list of conditions in which medical marijuana can help is nowhere near complete and the specifics of your case are between you and your physician. Once again I stress the need to find a medical marijuana friendly doctor or you may find yourself back in the endless cycle of prescription painkillers and the problems these bring.
To review, you cannot get a medical marijuana prescription in Colorado. Marijuana is still illegal in all states since the 1970 Controlled Substances Act. You can get a medical marijuana recommendation, or medical marijuana referral in Colorado. Not all doctors are willing or able to make a marijuana recommendation. Not all medical conditions and symptoms qualify for medical marijuana. The absolute best way to get a medical marijuana card is to first find a medical marijuana friendly doctor and avoid those who just want to push narcotics or whatever the big pharmecuetical companies are marketing at the time on you.
Doctor Paul Bregman was one of the first Colorado doctors to have his license suspended making him unable to make medical marijuana recommendations.
The following is a brief overview of the Colorado Medical Marijuana ID Card Registry Application instructions. Keep in mind, that the $90.00 application fee is non-refundable and it's common for applications to be rejected due to mistakes in the application packet. It is highly advisable to have a professional medical marijuana specialist assist you with your Colorado Medical Marijuana ID card application.