Medical marijuana patient numbers rise to more than 104K in August

It's that time of the month again! No, not harvest time. Much less enjoyable than that.

Yup, you got it: It's the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's update to the medical marijuana patient registry statistics page. And the numbers are going up...again.

According to CDPHE stats, the total number medical marijuana patients in Colorado with active red cards continued to climb from July to August, though large numbers of patients are still dropping out.

As of the end of August, 104,138 medical marijuana patients were signed up with the Department of Public Health and Environment. That is 2,918 patients more than the month before.

At its height, the registry totaled nearly 128,700 people. This marks the second month in a row that the registry has been above 100,000 patients since falling below that level in October 2011 as part of a five-month dip that bottomed out at 80,558 patients.

But the stats for August also show that 6,593 new patient applications had been received between the end of July and the end of August, which implies that as many as 3,625 patients either let their cards expire, dropped off voluntarily or were kicked off the registry by state officials. That's been a common occurrence since the active card numbers began to rebound last December.

The Denver area still has the highest concentration of registered medical marijuana patients, as has generally been the case since 2009 when the CDPHE began displaying statistics online. Average age is still 41, and just shy of one-third of all patients are women.

More than 97,500 patients are signed up for severe pain, while muscle spasms and nausea are the number two and three conditions for a doctors recommendation, with a combined total of 29,685 patients. (Patients can be register under more than one condition, as is my case. I'm listed under both severe nausea and severe pain.)

While we're on the topic of red cards: Over the last few weeks, we here at Westword have heard from a few patients, as well as from doctor's assistants, who say it has been taking a long time to get their card and renewals. However, the CDPE is still reporting turnaround of between 35 and 45 days after submission.

The CDPHE site also lists denied applications in the last 35 days, using the certified mail receipt number as the patient identifier. Currently, there are no denied applications on the list. If you are concerned that it's taking too long, you can call the CDPHE MMJ line at 303-692-2184 after 35 days.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: One pot bust every 42 seconds, FBI stats show" and "Marijuana: Amendment 64 opponents lying, intimidating supporters, says Mason Tvert."

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nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

Stay Medicated my Friends!

orson
orson

104,138 reasons to keep it medical!

pitchman101
pitchman101

 @DonkeyHotay

 All I can do is LAUGH at your ignorance! what a joke you are. HAHAHA. Frankly, You should be band here as well for your remark below about telling nemopunk15 to go f**k himself. It realy shows your an out of control nimrod with an agenda!. Good luck with that as you will be the one going to F**k yourself when Amendment 64 passes next week. Lube up Bit*h.

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

nemopunk15

 DonkeyHotay See what i mean folks.

 

Donkey = Black Market Drug Dealer worried about loosing business to legal, regulated Colorado Businesses.

23 minutes agoReplyLike DonkeyHotay

 nemopunk15 = anti-marijuana prohibitionists who asserts that marijuana users who grow their own, or supply their patients under A20 are "black market".

 

Which is it donkey? Are you a Black Market Drug Dealer or are you a Legal Caregiver operating under A-20?

And before you say A-20, be aware that i will ask you if you include yourself in those 100,000 Fakers....

 

Yes on 64!

No on Donkey Madness!

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

 @DonkeyHotay You are over on another Thread RIGHT NOW claiming to be a caregiver operating under A-20.

 

You will lie about anything wont you?

orson
orson

 @nemopunk15  That's a weird thing to say.  Would you say that to people at a pain management clinic?  Freaking stoners.....

ccapra
ccapra

 @orson4.9 million reasons to make it legal. 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @pitchman101 "You should be band [sic] here ..."

 

Spoken like the illiterate un-American fascist scumbag that you are.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @nemopunk15 You're the lowlife puke who asserts that OTHER marijuana users and growers are "black market" and "criminals".

 

Now go fuck yourself again, chump.

ccapra
ccapra

 @nemopunk15  @DonkeyHotay

 She lies consistently and has been called out and frankly it's tiring to continue to do so.  I'll allow her to continue to spew her lies because she's been called out and embarrased in a million earlier threads and at this point it's just sad to think of her there in the library, occupying free computer space to support a cause funding by a child molester.

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

 @orson Yes. I would say that to people at a pain clinic. If they are UN-medicated they would be in pain. I am VERY much anti pain. So like i said before.

Stay Medicated My Friends!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @pitchman101 "You need to smoke a bit of what your [sic] nocking [sic] and calm down man."

 

Smoking dope isn't going to make up for the fact that you dropped out of Elementary School.

 

How does an Adult in America get to be so ignorant as you?

pitchman101
pitchman101

 @DonkeyHotay  @pitchman101

  cant just make a fool of yourself on one forum Donkey!, You got to continue throughout multiple media. haha!. You need to smoke a bit of what your nocking and calm down man. What a joke you are. haha!. Donkyhobag.

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

Hey "Spleen"

 

How is A-70 polling?

TheSpleen
TheSpleen

 @DonkeyHotay  @nemopunk15 You're a little fucking troll bitch who hides behind lies and bullshit. Fuck you and fuck your entire inbred family for four generations.

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