How To Join The Colorado Medical Marijuana Program

The medical marijuana program in Colorado is administered through the Department of Public Health & Environment. To begin your application process, visit the department’s Medical Marijuana Registry website and follow our guide below.

Getting Started Toward Your Colorado Medical Marijuana Card

Before you begin your medical marijuana card journey, make sure you meet the following requirements:

If these qualifications apply to you, you’re ready to begin the medical marijuana card process.

Steps For Getting Your Colorado Medical Marijuana Card

If you meet the above requirements for a Colorado medical cannabis card, there are additional steps you’ll need to take to obtain your card.

Step 1 - Get Certified by Your Healthcare Practitioner

Meet with your healthcare provider to discuss your qualifications for a medical marijuana card. If you suffer from one of the debilitating or disabling medical conditions outlined by the state, your practitioner can provide certification for a medical card in Colorado. This can be submitted by the provider electronically, or you can include it in your mail-in application.

If you are a minor, you will need to see two medical practitioners and obtain two certifications.

Step 2 - Apply for Your Medical Card Online

Before you begin your application, make sure you have the following items:

  • Valid Colorado ID or driver’s license
  • Social security number
  • Credit card or bank account (to pay the application fee)
  • Healthcare practitioner certification


To begin the application process, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment website and click ‘create an account.’ Upload the required documents, as well as the provider certification. You’ll then pay the application processing fee..

Once you submit your application, you’ll likely receive approval within three business days.

Step 3 - Print Your Card

Once you receive notification of your approval, log back into your account and print your Colorado medical marijuana card.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

The state of Colorado places qualifying medical conditions within two categories: debilitating medical conditions and disabling medical conditions. Patients can also seek certification for a Colorado medical card if they suffer from a condition in which a physician could prescribe an opioid.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Card FAQs

The medical cannabis card application process can be a bit confusing. Here are the most common questions we hear at our locations.

The state of Colorado requires the applicant to pay a non-refundable processing fee of $29.50 for each application.

If you apply for your medical marijuana card through the state’s online system, it will take up to three days to receive your printable card. If you mail your application to the state, it will take up to eight weeks to receive your card.

Your medical practitioner certification is only good for one year, which means your card will expire within one year of your application approval. The expiration date will appear on your medical marijuana card.