Medical marijuana registry numbers see small increase at end of 2011

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For the first time in six months, Colorado medical marijuana patient registry numbers have gone up -- albeit by a very small amount. After a long delay between updates, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment finally released medical marijuana patient registry stats from December 2011 that show 82,089 patients were registered as of December 31, 2011 -- an increase of 1,531 people.

While many patients have cited privacy concerns for not renewing their cards over the last six months, others have said they were waiting for the patient registry fee drop from $90 to $35 in January before renewing. Also, around 500 patients have been denied marijuana cards over the last two months for seeing physician assistants instead of doctors and must wait until July at the earliest before attempting to register again.

Despite the small jump in patient numbers in December, the registry is still down more than 46,600 patients from it's peak enrollment in June 2011 and shy some 34,100 patients from December 2010.

Around 58 percent of all patients still designate someone else as their primary caregiver. That means that there are approximately 9,522 caregivers out there, assuming each one has the maximum five patients allowed.

Most patients still live in the seven-county metro area and 68 percent of all patients are male. There are forty patients under the age of eighteen who have parental consent to use ganja as some form of treatment. Severe pain and muscle spasms are the most common ailments listed by doctors writing the recommendations.

More from our Marijuana archive: "High Times Medical Cannabis Cup returning to Denver" and "Medical marijuana: Seed sales 'gray area' with the state."

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Denver MMJ Patient
Denver MMJ Patient

I'm surprised this article doesn't note a big factor to the decrease of a year ago: the doctors who weren't honest, looking for the buck, and had illegitimate and legitimate patients alike approved by PAs and secretaries. 

William Breathes
William Breathes

I mentioned it:  "Also, around 500 patients have been denied marijuana cards over the last two months for seeing physician assistants instead of doctors and must wait until July at the earliest before attempting to register again."

AngryPatientandEmployee
AngryPatientandEmployee

As the First of Many that were denied and are waiting to hear more about their cases,  Mine was Friday.  Hyman Blatantly lied about volume of registry, and was determined that the PATIENTS are to be held to a high standard regarding who to use than the Doctors (wright) and registry "Mills" (MDARX).  Good luck to the other patients with a hearing coming up and i hope for everyone's sake that we can overturn the CDPHE.  Please contact me William so we can get more info to the patients that are going into this blind after being blown off by the people involved.

TJ
TJ

 If you can abide by the laws of the medical marijuana program it's best to register with the state and be as legal as possible.  Registering as a medical marijuana patient provides the best legal protection you can get for a nominal fee.  If you're prone to breaking laws and cannot abide by the laws of the medical marijuana program and you distribute marijuana illegally it's best if you stay clear of the medical marijuana program altogether.  I'm guessing the people that are not registering fear legal consequences for state illegal activity and want to stay off the grid.

Don Ellis
Don Ellis

It states in Article XVIII that the registry is completely optional and once you are verbally told by a doctor you would benefit you are legally allowed to use in accordance with the rest of the law.  The only thing registering does is give them your information and allow you to access dispensaries.

Monkey
Monkey

"Maximum five patients allowed", that one cracks me up every time. I feel so bad for the patients who had a stupid caregiver that ditched them because they thought they didn't  qualify for a waiver. I think registered patient numbers will go up again once people go back to the confidential caregiver model, with over 80 municipalities, (i think), banning MMCs the people are basically rejecting 1284/1043 and returning to their roots. Some will stop registering because it's unnecessary but many like myself appreciate the limited insurance policy called the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry. Remember the caregiver grow-site DOR registry, what ever happened to that? I was looking forward to ignoring them and laughing at the caregivers who actually surrendered confidential information, isn't that entrapment?.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

As far as I know, no waivers have been granted, and I doubt that any will be.

Monkey
Monkey

I have had 5 granted. As far as I know, no waivers have been denied.

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