Just recently, Colorado became the 25th state in the U.S. to recognize post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as an approved qualification condition for medicinal marijuana eligibility. This news had many Coloradans wondering whether or not their medical condition made them eligible for medical cannabis in Colorado.
Below, you'll find our comprehensive guide to the qualifying conditions for MMJ in Colorado.
Colorado Initial Eligibility Requirements
There are various eligibility requirements for adults and minors looking to apply/qualify for a Colorado medical marijuana card.
For an adult (those 18 years of age and older) to be eligible for a medical marijuana card in Colorado, they must first and foremost be a resident of the state. In addition to being a resident of Colorado and older than 18, the prospective patient must have one of the state's recognized qualifying medical conditions.
For minors (those under 18 years of age) to be eligible for a medical marijuana card in Colorado, both the minor as well as the primary parental caregiver must be residents of the state in addition to being afflicted by one of the approved qualifying conditions.
Colorado Qualifying Medical Conditions
As of the recent addition of PTSD, Colorado currently recognizes a total of 10 qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana card eligibility.
What If My Medical Condition Isn't Listed?
If you read through the list of medical conditions approved for medical marijuana eligibility in Colorado, and don't see your medical condition...there's still a few options.
Thankfully, there is a petitioning process for both patients and physicians to request a hearing that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment add more qualifying conditions to the list. This is the same way that those with PTSD worked to get their condition approved recently,. Finding a handful of other patients with the same affliction can help get traction for the cause.
Last, But Not Least
For adults, there is also the Colorado recreational marijuana program to fall back on, although it's not ideal. As The Cannabist reported, "it’s not cost-effective for PTSD patients and it’s a risk to military veterans’ benefits to purchase recreational marijuana as a potential treatment for their ailments."
This was a major consideration factor behind Governor John Hickenlooper signing of Senate Bill 17., and could be used as an excellent reason for why more medical conditions should be recognized as qualifying conditions.
Anyone with ongoing petitions to add medical conditions to the list, please contact us here. We're happy to help bring attention to your cause!