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Denver Dispensaries Explain What to Expect When Applying for a Medical Card

April 25, 2018

It used to be that in order to purchase marijuana from dispensaries in Denver, you had to have a medical marijuana use card registered with the state. Though the legalization of marijuana has made it possible for everyone to enjoy smoking weed or using edibles without fear of legal consequences, many residents still prefer to use their medical card. If you’re just now considering registering for medical use rather than relying on recreational products alone, you may be wondering just what you can expect when you start the application process. Here’s what you need to know about getting your medical marijuana card in colorful Colorado.

Scheduling a Consultation

Before you can officially apply for a card, you’ll need to see a physician to determine if your conditions warrant the use of medical-grade cannabis. They’ll ask you about your symptoms, your existing medications, past marijuana use, how often you use weed, and what forms of cannabis you’ve tried and had success with. Remember, MMJ physicians are not there to judge you for your marijuana use—they’re there to help determine if cannabis use is a good treatment option for your condition. After all, if you’re denied the card, you’ll still be able to legally enjoy the same products you’ve used in the past.

Filing With the State

Once the doctor determines that you’re a candidate for a medical card, you’ll need to formally apply with the state. You and your physician will need to sign the application for a medical marijuana card. Once all information is entered, you’ll need to get the application notarized by a local notary. Then, you’ll need to drop off the application or send it by mail to the state office in Denver. Make sure to include a photocopy of your driver’s license or state-issued ID as well as a check or money order to cover the application fee. Keep in mind, if you’re sending the application in, you will need to pay for certified mailing. Otherwise, the application may be denied.

Once You’re Approved

Once the state approves your application, they’ll mail you a physical medical marijuana card that you can present to your local dispensary when you’re ready to browse the selection. The products available to medical card holders are different than those you’d find on the recreational side. Often, strains are more potent and a wider variety of tinctures, edibles, patches, and other options exist specifically for med-card holders.

Best of all, you’ll save money on the products you choose to by on the medical side of the dispensary. Medical products are taxed at the normal sales tax rate of 2.9 percent instead of the 10 percent assessed on recreational products. If you’re relying on cannabis to treat a medical condition or alleviate symptoms, this can save you a lot of money, almost immediately making up for the cost of the physician’s consultation and application.

With a medical card, you’ll be able to shop at the same dispensaries you loved as a recreational user, just with a much larger selection of products. Contact Altitude Dispensary for more information on our medical-specific cannabis products and specials today!