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Cannabis for Medical Use

How to use cannabis for pain management, stress relief and more.


In 2000, voters passed Initiative 20, legalizing medical marijuana use in Colorado and creating a system for patients and their caregivers. According to the state of Colorado website, “the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry is a confidential, statewide program that allows patients with qualifying, debilitating medical conditions to receive a registry identification card for legal access to medical marijuana.” Each state has different qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use but the most common ones include epilepsy and seizure disorders, cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, neurodegenerative disease, pain management, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

While there are additional steps to obtain your medical card, many who rely on it would consider it worth the effort for a few reasons. First, the age requirement for medical use is 18 years versus age 21 for recreational use. Additionally, the majority of medical card holders frequently need higher doses of cannabis for pain management that recreational shops are unable to legally sell. Lastly, medical card holders in Colorado are exempt from the 10% retail marijuana tax and 15% excise tax that recreational shops are required to charge for each transaction. Ensuring that medical marijuana is both affordable and accessible is crucial to the many people who rely on it for a higher quality of life.

Helpful comparison for recreational vs. medical:
Cannabis Age Restrictions

difference in
Age requirements

You have to be 21+ years old for recreational use

You have to be 18+ years old for medical use

Cannabis Flower Possession Limits

possession limit
for flowers

You are allowed to possess 1oz for recreational use

You are allowed to possess 2oz for medical use

Cannabis Concentrates and Possession Limits

FOR concentrates

You are allowed to possess 8g for recreational use

You are allowed to possess 40g for medical use

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