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Medical Marijuana Registry Program Update
(as of February 28, 2014)
 
 
In the November 2000 general election, Coloradans passed Amendment 20, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) was tasked with implementing and administering the Medical Marijuana Registry program. In March of 2001, the State of Colorado Board of Health approved the Rules and Regulations pertaining to the administration of the program, and on June 1, 2001, the Registry began accepting and processing applications for registry identification cards.  
 
 
Statistics of the registry include:
 
  •  251,376 new patient applications have been received to date since the registry began operating in June 2001. The total number of patients who currently possess valid Registry ID cards is 113,441. 

  • Sixty-seven percent of approved applicants are male.

  • The average age of all patients is 41. Currently 248 patients are minors (under the age of 18).

  • Sixty percent of patients reside in the Denver-metro area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas & Jefferson counties), with the remainder of patients residing in counties throughout Colorado. 

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    Patients on the registry represent all the debilitating conditions covered under Amendment 20. Severe pain accounts for 94 percent of all reported conditions; muscle spasms account for the second-most reported condition at 13 percent. Note that percentages do not add up to 100 percent because some patients have more than one condition.          

     

  • Fifty-six percent of patients have designated a primary care-giver (someone who has significant responsibility for managing the care of a patient with a debilitating medical condition) or a medical marijuana care center.

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    More than 800 different physicians have signed for current patients in Colorado. 

     

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Please see the attached tables for a complete listing of all statistical information.

 

As of October 27, 2008 all applications, renewals and changes to the registry must be submitted via mail and include a legible photo copy of the patient’s Colorado identification. Faxes and emails are not accepted.

 

No general funds have been designated for this program. The Colorado Constitution authorizes CDPHE to collect fees to cover the costs of administering the program. Currently the fee is $15, and is evaluated annually by CDPHE.   The fee was lowered from $110 on June 1, 2007, from $90 on January 1, 2012, and from $35 on February 1, 2014.

 

 
Table I: County Information

County
Number of Patients
Percent of Patients
Adams
8,962
8%
Alamosa
205
<1%
Arapahoe
12,214
11%
Archuleta
407
<1%
Baca
37
<1%
Bent
69
<1%
Boulder
9,071
8%
Broomfield
1,153
1%
Chaffee
519
<1%
Cheyenne
29
<1%
Clear Creek
397
<1%
Conejos
61
<1%
Costilla
131
<1%
Crowley
60
<1%
Custer
100
<1%
Delta
454
<1%
Denver
19,981
18%
Dolores
65
<1%
Douglas
3,696
3%
Eagle
1,124
1%
El Paso
15,817
14%
Elbert
295
<1%
Fremont
984
1%
Garfield
1,193
1%
Gilpin
289
<1%
Grand
358
<1%
Gunnison
277
<1%
Hinsdale
10
<1%
Huerfano
201
<1%
Jackson
21
<1%
Jefferson
12,851
11%
Kiowa
22
<1%
Kit Carson
68
<1%
La Plata
1,658
1%
Lake
194
<1%
Larimer
4,915
4%
Las Animas
203
<1%
Lincoln
56
<1%
Logan
195
<1%
Mesa
1,767
2%
Mineral
20
<1%
Moffat
170
<1%
Montezuma
638
1%
Montrose
557
<1%
Morgan
199
<1%
Otero
270
<1%
Ouray
159
<1%
Park
654
1%
Phillips
26
<1%
Pitkin
625
1%
Prowers
117
<1%
Pueblo
2,855
3%
Rio Blanco
53
<1%
Rio Grande
140
<1%
Routt
815
1%
Saguache
167
<1%
San Juan
19
<1%
San Miguel
263
<1%
Sedgwick
34
<1%
Summit
953
1%
Teller
890
1%
Washington
55
<1%
Weld
3,561
3%
Yuma
92
<1%

* Indicates fewer than three patients in the category
 


                               
Table II: Conditions

Reported Condition
Number of Patients Reporting Condition
Percent of Patients Reporting Condition**
Cachexia
1,142
1%
Cancer
3,243
3%
Glaucoma
1,170
1%
HIV/AIDS
676
1%
Muscle Spasms
14,981
13%
Seizures
2,184
2%
Severe Pain
106,141
94%
Severe Nausea
11,135
10%

**Does not add to 100% as some patients report using medical marijuana for more than
    one debilitating medical condition.
 
 
Table III: User Characteristics

Sex
Percent on Registry
Average Age**
Male
67%
40
Female
33%
44

** The overall average age of all patients is 41 years old.