Medical marijuana registry numbers still on the rise after five months

The medical marijuana patient registry saw an increase in patients for five straight months through April 2012, bringing the total number of Coloradans with medical marijuana cards to 96,709. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the registry is still 32,000 names below its all-time high.

The peak occurred in June 2011, when the registry was comprised of 128,698 patients. But between July and November last year, there was a steady decline in patients on the roster. Critics of medical marijuana regulations passed by the Colorado Legislature blame the decrease on rules governing the industry that went into effect in July 2010, including requiring cameras in dispensaries. The list lost another 500 patients in December and January, after the CDPHE said that people who'd turned in paperwork with recommendations made by physician's assistants rather than doctors were not eligible for medical marijuana. Those patients are only just now able to reapply, following the end of the CDPHE's six-month ban.

But more stringent laws are not the only possible factor leading to last year's decline. The $90 patient registration fee was another. (That fee was reduced to $35 in January 2012, after which applications began to climb again.)

According to the CDPHE, only a little more than 4,000 patients in the state use medical marijuana for relief from cancer and AIDS. Most recommendations -- 90,639 at last count -- were for people reporting severe pain. Muscle spasms come in as the second-most-common ailment, and severe nausea is third.

The patient roster isn't full of twenty-something stoners, either. The average age of men on the registry is 41, and women tend to be even older. The majority of patients are men; women account for just under a third of those on the registry. Most patients live in the seven-county metro area.

One more interesting stat: The percentage of patients designating someone else as a caregiver dropped to 53 percent in April, from 55 percent the month before. That percentage, however, does not reflect the number of patients who sign up a medical marijuana center as their primary grower -- a figure the CDPHE has yet to release.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Health Dept.: Med. marijuana patient-tracking program meeting didn't need to be public" and "Medical marijuana advertising: Citywide ban more fair, councilwoman says."

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guest

Fools are soon parted with their money,,,

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guest

WestWord like the other news sources are pro dispensary not pro patient or they would be all over this but dispensary reviews are more important to WW. Here's a thought,,, maybe WestWord should start covering real storys cause when the patients say screw the dispensary's like i just did WestWord will have little left to write about concerning MMJ and it will be too late to go buddy up to the remaining patients. Today WestWord will advertise another dispensary that sold out patients in trade for promises. William Breaths wants us to know where we can buy some dispensary weed and keep paying for our own re criminalization. No thanks William all the pic's look the same and it just dont look super danky dude sorry but im not supporting dispensary's to continue selling me down the river william but if that's your deal then go right ahead and continue walking that plank and watch it get shorter dude. Dispensary reveiws are stupid unless you're a dispensary owner in need of free advertising. Westword needs to drop the greedy dispensary's and stand next to the patients.

Patient
Patient

"It is estimated that 9% of the U.S. adult population are suffer from moderate to severe non-cancer related chronic pain." https://www.ampainsoc.org/resources/roadblocks/conclude_road.htm Roughly 2% of people in colorado have a red card. The other 7% of non-cancer related chronic pain suffers are treating their pain with something else. Who knows, there could be 300,000 people in colorado on prescribed narcotic - where is their special database, special dui bill, unlawful use of medicine court rulings, etc? Discrimination sucks.

Patient
Patient

This is probably a more accurate representation of ages in the registry. 18+21+24+27+30+33+35+37+39+41+45+49+55+60+65+70+75 Average = 42.5 47% over the age of 40 53% under the age of 40

Kathleen Chippi
Kathleen Chippi

""Initial contact is made through a lawful traffic contact for some identified violation, and the drug interdiction is based on additional probable cause that would indicate to officers that there would be some kind of narcotic in the vehicle," he said. "Officers are always allowed to ask for voluntary consent if the driver will allow the search, and the driver has the option to say 'no.'""

Kathleen Chippi
Kathleen Chippi

The appeals court said qualifying patients got decrim possession out of A20 and but USE was still illegal.  Because USE is still illegal, Beinor was fired legally and since it was a legal firing--he gets no unemployment check.  The important point is MMJ USE was ruled ILLEGAL.  He did not lie--he thought he was legal because he had a red card.  average Joe's? NO one--not even qualifying patients-- have a right or legal USE of MMJ.  They have decrim possession.  Ask westword to post the Beinor ruling so you can read all they said yourself.  2 judges felt this way and 1 disented--saying it was wrong that patients couldn't use as "marijuana use" is clearly defined to include use in the definitions of A20.  The one judge argued everything I argued in my first attempt in front of the Supreme Court.  Then in front of the Supremes 3- voted not to hear it and 2 voted to hear it.  So we are losing by 1 judge each time.  MMC's have no protections, as they 'signed' over that they were not constitutionally protected caregivers.  They have no right or protection's especially to sell, especially with the Watkins ruling that says federal law trumps state laws, even on MMJ, even though there is no case law to back that up. Caregivers have what patients have right now--decrim possession and nothing more.

People_That_Have_Jobs
People_That_Have_Jobs

*ringAding* *ding* *ding* *ding*  DONKEY COME HOME FOR DINNER!!!! -Worried Mommy

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