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Medical marijuana registry stats continue upward climb in September

The state medical-marijuana registry continued to grow in September, with 107,666 people in Colorado signed up for the program.

The official September tally of valid red cards marks an increase of 3,528 cards from the month before.

The total number of new patient applications filed since the registry was started in 2001 rose to 195,333 in September, an increase of 3,202 over August. That marks only the second time in a year that the monthly increase in the number of active red cards was equal to or greater than the increase of new patient applications.

But that might just be a slight hiccup, not an indication of a real trend.

From July through August, the total number of patient applications rose by more than 6,000 -- but the number of active red cards only went up by about 3,000. Part of that discrepancy reflects the fact that some people weren't renewing their cards, while others were kicked off the registry for violations or removed themselves voluntarily. But it seems that a number of those 6,000 applications weren't processed until September. Officials with the CDPHE confirmed that the bump was due to medical marijuana applications from the previous month carrying over.

Regardless, September also marked the ninth straight month that active patient numbers have grown. From June 2011 through last December the numbers kept dropping, from 128,698 mid-year to 80,558 at the end of 2011.

Most of the registry's other statistics remain constant, however. The majority of the state's patients continue to reside in the metro area. About 53 percent of all patients sign up a caregiver or a dispensary to grow medicine for them (only about 10 percent opt for a private caregiver). The other 47 percent either purchase meds from dispensaries without signing up or grow their own.

Of the 107,666 active patients, 100,845 claim severe pain as their primary ailment. More than 18,000 say they use medical cannabis for muscle spasms, and about 12,000 for severe nausea. (Patients can have medical cards for more than one reason.) Men account for about 68 percent of the registry, with the average age hovering around 41; women on the registry average two years younger.

How will the passage of Amendment 64 affect the registry? Since pot won't be legal to sell for recreational use in this state until 2014 -- at the earliest -- you can expect would-be patients to continue applying well into 2013.

More from ourMarijuana archive: "Amendment 64: John Hickenlooper setting up broad task force regarding marijuana measure" and "Gregg Nelson reportedly fails to enjoy beautiful Colorado scenery thanks to pot brownie."

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TheSpleen
TheSpleen

I just renewed my red card in November and was struck by a rather singular fact while waiting to meet with the physician: at the age of 40, I was one of the youngest people there. Oh sure, there were one or two dudes in their 20s but the vast majority of the crowd in that clinic waiting room -- and there were probably close to 20 in and out the door during my stay -- were older than I am. And women. Seriously. There were more women over 40 waiting to get or renew their red card than any other demographic. Anecdotal, sure; interesting to me nonetheless. The harmful "stoner" stereotype is quickly being vaporized and on its way to vanishing forever.

IcePick
IcePick

Donkey Hotay is Aaron Sawyer, former employee of IBM Boulder, CO.

thraxz13
thraxz13

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/MMP/Pages/MMPCardDATA.aspx

California's Medical Marijuana  I.D. Program in it's eight year existence has had less then 65,100 total card holders. That is Patients and Caregivers since 2004.. I am a Patient and Caregiver and have had a card every year since 2008 and yet I am getting refused a fair Trial here in California as well as getting ready for a second Trial.. I am coming to Colorado, California puts there patients and Caregivers in Jail!!

muzzylu
muzzylu

Marijuana was legal in America for years before it was banned, and nothing horrible happened. Cannabis will only help people in pain, and be a very mild tame recreational habit to others. Better for America that many people use marijuana than most other drugs and alcohol. Marijuana is a very healthy food if taken as an edible, not smoked. There is a great $2.99 e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. This book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints.

Monkey
Monkey

"(only about 10 percent opt for a private caregiver)" Just so you know, the author of this story is referring to a "snap-shot" he received some time ago. The "snap-shot" was an un-dislosed amount of time during one day of normal operations. That's like saying an hour long "snap-shot" of the DMV is an accurate depiction of how many people ride motorcycles. Not accurate in any way and probably more mis-leading than anything else. I have only received 1 phone call in the last 4 hours, if I conducted a "snap-shot" analysis of phone calls during that time, the conclusion would be I receive 1 phone call per day even when receiving over 150 per month. No big deal, I just hate it when people spread false information as if it were fact, even when the information is as meaningless as this.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TheSpleen "The harmful "stoner" stereotype is quickly being vaporized"

Delusional idiocy from another ignorant stoner.

You Puerile Pot Punks EARNED that stereotype, you Puerile Pot Punks now OWN that stereotype -- FOREVER!

Reap what ye sow, puerile pot punks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@thraxz13 Good use of our commenting system's new ability to post actual videos instead of just links. Thanks for sharing, thraxz13.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@thraxz13  ... you're soon to win the Chris Bartkowicz Prize for self-destructive vanity.

HipTip: Your video grow operation would be ILLEGAL in Colorado under the pathetically puny limits set by A64 -- which only allows 3 (three) flowering plants.

Why come all the way to Colorado just to get busted again? ... you could save time and just move to Las Vegas, promote yourself in the media, and end up as famous as Pierre "doctor reefer" Werner.

Kevins_Mom
Kevins_Mom

@Monkey Why can't cdphe provide accurate stats?

What is the total number of caregivers registered in the system?

thraxz13
thraxz13

@DonkeyHotay @thraxz13   California allows a Collective grow and allows you to grow as much as you and your Dr. discuss. Colorado from my understanding has a growers license?  Self destructive vanity ha? Well I guess I should hide in a closet for obeying the Laws?

Monkey
Monkey

@Kevins_Mom I don't know. If they take note of who designates someone or something and who doesn't, they should also take note of who registers a caregiver or an MMC. I think the reason they can't give a total number of caregivers is because they can't keep track of caregivers. It's supposed to be a patient registry, they would need a caregiver registry to count individual caregivers, and how many they serve. I believe that is the reason each patient must fill out the over 5 patient waiver, if they kept track of caregivers, you would only need one waiver allowing you to serve more than 5. Isolating caregivers is not allowed, but they could tell us how many patients designate a caregiver. That way we would know what percent designates a caregiver or MMC, but not how may caregivers or MMCs are designated. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@thraxz13

Under Colorado Regulations -- it's illegal for dispensaries to give away "free" marijuana ... or even for them to sell it below cost.

The Colorado Greedy Big $$ Retail Dispensary model is an abject failure -- to all patients and the citizens as a whole.

You're way better off in California. Just find a county with a more pot-friendly sheriff / DA.

thraxz13
thraxz13

@DonkeyHotay @thraxz13 Hip tip -  That is funny... There are sure allot of for profit cannabis stores in Colorado now isn't there? They do it legally  Licensed and pay taxes.   As far as profit I sure would like to make a profit but to this point  I have yet to Profit... If you call being tens of thousand in debt  being ripped off for thousands by Law enforcement and Collectives and helping Aids/Hiv cancer and terminally ill hospice care patients with free, Yes Free Medication profit. Nice.. 

 So do you think that Marijuana is the only thing being grown indoors?  Hard to control your environment outdoors as well. Not all electricity comes from Coal... Not everyone pollutes..

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@thraxz13 "Colorado from my understanding has a growers license?"

No.

HipTip -- Learn the Law before you come to Colorado. Anyone who wants to grow for $$ is better off in California or Oregon.

Colorado's plant count restrictions are laughably pathetic, and outdoor growing is mostly prohibited, forcing people to use wasteful environmentally destructive high-wattage coal-fired electric lighting in place of natural sunlight.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Citizen80919   "You will walk and there is nothing the police can do to you."

Complete bullshit.

The only thing A20 offers anyone is an "affirmative defense" to existing criminal law.

Nothing more, nothing less.

TheSpleen
TheSpleen

@Citizen80919 Thank you for calling out this lying asshat. DH does everything he can to fill these comments with falsehoods and bile; in this case anyone listening to his mendacity could end up in real trouble.

IcePick
IcePick

@DonkeyHotay Once again showing your idiocy, huh Aaron?  You think there are, then, at least 1 million weed smokers who are growing there own in Colorado.  You're a fool.  I suspect by your math there must be at least two million home brewers brewing beer in their garage.  LOL!

Citizen80919
Citizen80919

@DonkeyHotay an undesignated caregiver growing plants has protections only slightly above that of a black market grower.  A person would be crazy to be growing plants for patient without the protection offered by registration.  You offer bad advice.

Citizen80919
Citizen80919

@DonkeyHotay @Monkey Right, but before you mislead a bunch of patients right into the courthouse you might explain the differential in protections.  

If you have a red card, six plants and 2 ounces will get you a CRIMINAL EXCEPTION to Colorado's marijuana laws.  You will walk and there is nothing the police can do to you.

 If you have a doctor's rec and no red card you only have an AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE.  That means the police can [and will] ARREST YOU and LET YOU GO TO COURT to explain to the judge or jury why you need medical marijuana.  That will cost you many times to expense of a red card.  Somewhere between $7,500 to $20,000 for a lawyer.  Or you can always plead guilty to felony cultivation...

People need to learn not to listen to you.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey @DonkeyHotay 

There is no requirement in A20 that anyone register with CDPHE after obtaining a valid physician recommendation -- not for patients, nor for primary caregivers.

As you are well aware, registration is optional and does not diminish the rights or protections granted by A20.

That you have a valid written patient-caregiver designation signed by the patient is sufficient to benefit from the legal protections of A20, whether CDPHE is notified or not.

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay    Good point!! Patients often designate a caregiver "in writing at any time during the effective period of the registry identification card, and the primary care-giver may act in this capacity after such designation". The part that has always scared me into having at least a few registered waivers to serve more than 5, which none have ever been denied, is this quote, "When there has been a change in the name, address, physician, or primary care- giver of a patient who has qualified for a registry identification card, that patient must notify the state health agency of any such change within ten days." 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey @Kevins_Mom 

The reality is -- to any knowledgeable industry participant like you -- that the vast majority of Registered Patients either grow their own, or have a Private Individual Caregiver grow for them.

Smart patients/caregivers who are concerned about personal and legal privacy will send in their forms with "no caregiver" designated, or "self" designated -- then establish a private caregiver after the fact -- so as to keep CDPHE in the dark about what they DO NOT NEED to know.

Then there are the thousands of non-registered Patients who have valid physician recommendations, but elect to not play the optional registration game. They all grow their own, or obtain from private caregivers, since retail dispensaries are prohibited by REGULATIONS from selling them anything.

Retail suckers dependent entirely on overpriced, overtaxed dispensaries are but a tiny fraction of total mmj patients.

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