Recommend medical marijuana

 
Qualifications
To recommend medical marijuana for debilitating and disabling medical conditions in Colorado you must:
  • Be an M.D. or D.O. 
  • Be in good standing and licensed to practice medicine in Colorado.
  • Have a valid, unrestricted DEA certification. 
  • Have an online account to submit certifications.  

To recommend medical for only disabling medical conditions in Colorado you must:

  • Be one of the following types of advanced practice practitioners with prescriptive authority:
    • Dentist.
    • Physician assistant.
    • Advanced nurse practitioner.
    • Podiatrist.
    • Optometrist.
  • Be in good standing and licensed to practice in Colorado.
  • Have a valid, unrestricted DEA certification.
  • Have an online account to submit certifications.

Recommending for debilitating medical conditions

  • Only physicians with an MD or a DO are able to recommend medical marijuana for debilitating conditions. 
  • A medical marijuana registry identification card issued for a debilitating medical condition will be valid for one year. 

Debilitating conditions include: 

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Cachexia
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • Seizures
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe pain

Recommending for disabling medical conditions

  • MDs, DO, dentists, and advanced practice practitioners with prescriptive authority are able to recommend medical marijuana to treat a disabling medical condition. 
  • The recommending provider will decide how long the medical marijuana registry card will be valid based on the patient’s medical needs. 
  • The recommending provider should note the registration period length in the etiology section.

Disabling medical conditions include:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • An Autism Spectrum Disorder. 
  • Any condition for which a physician could prescribe an opioid. 
Recommending for minors
  • All minor applicants must submit two certifications from two different providers.
  • Minor patients diagnosed with a disabling medical condition, which includes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and any condition for which a physician could prescribe an opioid, no longer need to provide a certification from a physician who is a board-certified pediatrician, child and adolescent psychiatrist, or family physician who attests to being part of the patient’s primary care team. 
  • If you are a provider recommending medical marijuana for a minor patient who is diagnosed with a disabling medical condition and you are not the patient’s primary care provider, you must review the records of a diagnosing physician or a licensed mental health provider acting within his or her scope of practice. For more information please refer to C.R.S. 25-1.5-106 and House Bill 19-1028.​
Exam setting 
Pursuant to Colorado Board of Health 5 CCR-1006-2 and Colorado Medical Board Policy 40-28, recommendations for medical marijuana must be made during an in-person encounter in a clinical setting. Recommendations for medical marijuana via telemedicine are prohibited.
 
  • Information from the department's marijuana research group about effectiveness, side effects, drug interactions and risks
  • Email marijuana.research@state.co.us for more information
 
 

​Other resources:

Medical Marijuana Research Grant Program

Marijuana health care provider resources

Evidence-based studies and related dosing information

Statistics and data

Laws and policies