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Medical Marijuana Registry Program Update

(as of April 30, 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:
 
  • 258,780 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 116,180. 
  • Sixty-six percent of approved applicants are male.
  • The average age of all patients is 42. Currently 307 patients are minors (under the age of 18).
  • Fifty-nine 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. 
  • 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 14 percent. Note that percentages do not add up to 100 percent because some patients have more than one condition.          
  • Fifty-four 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.
  • More than 800 different physicians have signed for current patients in Colorado. 
 
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 it 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 February1, 2014.
 
 
Table I: County Information
County
Number of Patients
Percent of Patients
Adams
8,995
8%
Alamosa
220
<1%
Arapahoe
12,459
11%
Archuleta
465
<1%
Baca
36
<1%
Bent
69
<1%
Boulder
9,051
8%
Broomfield
1,175
1%
Chaffee
519
<1%
Cheyenne
25
<1%
Clear Creek
409
<1%
Conejos
66
<1%
Costilla
134
<1%
Crowley
62
<1%
Custer
102
<1%
Delta
484
<1%
Denver
20,186
17%
Dolores
67
<1%
Douglas
3,796
3%
Eagle
1,157
1%
El Paso
16,631
14%
Elbert
324
<1%
Fremont
1,055
1%
Garfield
1,240
1%
Gilpin
301
<1%
Grand
384
<1%
Gunnison
304
<1%
Hinsdale
12
<1%
Huerfano
208
<1%
Jackson
22
<1%
Jefferson
13,044
11%
Kiowa
19
<1%
Kit Carson
76
<1%
La Plata
1,727
1%
Lake
196
<1%
Larimer
5,093
4%
Las Animas
211
<1%
Lincoln
53
<1%
Logan
209
<1%
Mesa
1,865
2%
Mineral
22
<1%
Moffat
163
<1%
Montezuma
644
1%
Montrose
596
1%
Morgan
198
<1%
Otero
270
<1%
Ouray
169
<1%
Park
688
1%
Phillips
33
<1%
Pitkin
643
1%
Prowers
125
<1%
Pueblo
2,987
3%
Rio Blanco
62
<1%
Rio Grande
151
<1%
Routt
831
1%
Saguache
163
<1%
San Juan
19
<1%
San Miguel
271
<1%
Sedgwick
59
<1%
Summit
943
1%
Teller
911
1%
Washington
62
<1%
Weld
3,630
3%
Yuma
89
<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
1,155
1%
Cancer
3,454
3%
Glaucoma
1,198
1%
HIV/AIDS
679
1%
Muscle Spasms
15,702
14%
Seizures
2,338
2%
Severe Pain
108,635
94%
Severe Nausea
11,218
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
66%
41
Female
34%
44
** The overall average age of all patients is 42 years old.