How to Get a Colorado Medical Card

Looking to get a medical marijuana card in Colorado but don't know how? Don't worry, we have gathered a guide for you to simply receive your card.

After Initiative 20 passed in Colorado in 2010, medical marijuana became legal throughout the state. Men and women suffering from a wide array of chronic ailments could finally find peace in the act of legally lighting up in order to relieve pain. Coloradans still enjoy the lower prices of medical marijuana and continue to keep the medicinal side afloat. In order to receive the perks of medical marijuana, you are required to show a medical card.

Medical v. Recreational

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, many people wonder why medical cards are still necessary. When purchasing recreational cannabis, you are only required to show a license, even an out of state ID. If you have a condition which qualifies you to receive a medical card, the benefits are much greater than recreational. Many dispensaries carry more options for medical users and often the prices are drastically lower. There are still some dispensaries that market themselves as strictly medical for the purpose of taking a more holistic approach in helping patients receive treatment for their conditions as opposed to selling a recreational product for the purpose of getting high.


Obtaining a medical card in Colorado is very simple, though slightly time consuming. There’s various forms to compile as well as attention to detail with signatures, payment and addresses. Check out the steps below to ensure a smooth process.

Step 1

Create a profile through the Colorado Medical Marijuana website. This will guide you through the application process and will give you necessary paperwork to bring to your physician.

Step 2

Locate an evaluation center. Many of these are quick and painless and the waiting is very long. Make sure to bring your Colorado ID and know your social security number. You will also need to bring cash as many physicians still do not accept credit as a payable option due to the still illegal federal status of marijuana.

Step 3

Upon arrival, bring with you the application for a medical marijuana card you printed from online. If you do not have a printer or are not capable of completing this beforehand, be prepared to fill it out at your evaluation center.

Step 4

Consult with your doctor. He will ask you why you would like to receive a medical card and talk with you about your condition(s). The evaluation depends on your physician as well as your condition. If you have any of the following conditions approved by the state, you are automatically approved for a medical card:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • Seizures
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe pain

Step 5

After you leave the evaluation center, you must get your physician’s application notarized. You or your caregiver cannot sign the application, it must be done by a certified notary. The UPS has services that are available here in Colorado.

Step 6

Once a notary signs your form, write a check or money order for $15 to the “CDPHE,” which is the Colorado Department of Public Health Environment.

Step 7

Combine all your paperwork, which should include:

  • Notarized and completed application
  • Completed Physician’s Certification Form signed by your doctor
  • Photocopy of your Colorado ID
  • Check or money order for $15 to the CDPHE

Step 8

Mail in all paperwork to the below address. It usually takes around 4-6 weeks for you to receive your medical card.



4300 Cherry Creek Dr. South

Denver, CO 80246


There are many benefits for medical card holders. You pay lower taxes, you can grow larger quantities of plants, you can buy more marijuana at a time and the choices are vast and the quality is much better than recreational strains. If you have a condition and are seeking a card, it is not difficult to receive. The purpose of medical legalization is to give cannabis help to people who need it.

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