Medical marijuana patient numbers stagnant in 2013 despite 10,000 new applications

Categories: Marijuana

a 205 Breathes Red Card.jpg
Despite nearly 10,000 new-patient applications in the first quarter of 2013, the number of active medical marijuana patients in Colorado hasn't changed much since January 1. Between December 31 and the end of March, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the MMJ registry received 9,557 new patient applications (not including aps to renew existing medical marijuana cards). But over the same period, about 9,600 patients either dropped off the registry or failed to renew their cards.

So as of April 1, there were only 108,483 active patients on the registry -- 43 fewer than at the start of January. And since the passage of Amendment 64 last November, the total number of active patients has actually three.

After voters approved Amendment 64, many people -- including state analysts -- predicted a massive drop-off of applications for the state medical marijuana program. Thus far, though, it seems to be a wash. There have been more than 15,000 new-patient applications since that time, and about the same number deciding not to renew. But then, some activists suggest that the real decline in patient numbers won't begin until recreational cannabis storefronts are legally allowed to open, and that won't be until next year.

Other registry stats remain almost unchanged. Women still account for about one-third of all patients. The average age of women on the registry is 43; for men, it's forty. The majority of patients -- 101,607 -- qualify for a red card because of serious pain. Muscle spasms and nausea are the second and third most common conditions, respectively.

We also asked the CDPHE to give us a snapshot of how many patients designate a center versus those who designate a private caregiver. As of May 28, there were nearly 50,000 patients signed up with medical marijuana centers and 5,541 people opting for a private caregiver. Patient numbers for May aren't available yet, but they're not expected to vary a great deal for the present total.

The number of minors on the registry did see some changes, though. After peaking at forty patients under the age of eighteen, the number of kids with red cards dropped to 35 at the end of March.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana minister files injunction against THC driving law."

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Just wondering, but do these numbers account for...umm...dying patients? I'd think you'd have to look at the rate of attrition well before A64, and after.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

thanks the Government appreacates you hard hitting reporting on information the government provided the Wasteword


Someday I hope to move out of my parents basement.  They get mad when I wear diapers and watch porn.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

9,600 "patients" smart enough to realize they don't need to play the "medical" charade anymore.

9,557 new suckers and chumps gaming the "medical" marijuana system.

~45,000 patients growing their own! ... who needs overpriced, overtaxed greedy big$$ dispensary pigs?

"After peaking at forty patients under the age of eighteen, the number of kids with red cards dropped to 35"

Looks like teenagers and children don't get as sick as adults ... or perhaps they're immune to the "magic" of marijuana as a cure for everything.


@Charles Gleason and you, you've been bitching about the same thing for 6 months.  No one cares what they talked about ok?  If it was that big of a deal people would have reported it by now.  You bemoan the lack of skill and overall crappy reporting this paper does, yet you're on here multiple times a day reading their stories and demanding they write a story only you seem to care about.  So they suck, but you want them to write more stories, is that right?  Corey, get off the computer, take a shower and go get a job.  Asshoole.


@DonkeyHotay I can't wait to hear what you belch after spinal fusion surgery towards your fellow "chumps".

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@instntkrma ... 24 plants and 8 ounces is the limit that sane responsible and competent attorneys recommend to not exceed, being one must DEFEND increased counts it in court.

Those foolish quack physicians who offer, and the idiot stoners who solicit, crazy legally indefensible 48 or even 96 plant counts are merely future prisoners waiting to happen.

As I've stated many times, the only people who'll soon be left on the "medical" registry are those under 21 who were deliberately excluded by A64, and those users/growers who want to exploit increased plant counts which are also not allowed by A64 ... and perhaps a few who don't have any private connections and want to avoid the 30% tax that A64 imposes, vs. the normal 3%-8% sales tax wrongfully levied upon "medical" marijuana.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@yodownmuthalicka ... that the VAST MAJORITY of "medical" marijuana "patients" are simply recreational stoners gaming the provisions of A20 so they can get high is an incontrovertible fact.

No honest participant of the mmj industry would deny that reality, not here, not in California, not in Oregon or Washington ... everyone knows it's a charade ... with a tiny few legitimately sick and suffering patients used, exploited and pimped for legal cover.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter


Schoeneweiss and Velez both had valid Colorado medical marijuana cards, and Love did not, according to the affidavits. None of them has a previous criminal records in Colorado, according to a statewide database.

Velez is charged with four felony counts of distributing less than 5 pounds of marijuana, one felony count of cultivating seven to 29 marijuana plants, and a sentence enhancement for income through a controlled substance. He remained in the Larimer County Jail on Friday with bond at $15,000.

Schoeneweiss is charged with two felonies: cultivating more than 30 marijuana plants and cultivating seven to 29 marijuana plants. He is free on $5,000 bond.

Love is charged with felony marijuana cultivation of seven to 29 plants. She is free on a $2,500 bond.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@instntkrma" I haven't heard of such busts"

Then it surely hasn't happened, and won't ...LOL!

The LEO's have some Pot Docs running so scared they won't issue ANY IPC ... or a trivial limited IPC depending on what COUNTY you live in, for fear of blowback.

Others have been hauled into CRIMINAL court trials of growers to (attempt to) defend their increased recommendations as "medically" necessary and sound.

Of course don't expect any actual investigative reporting on the fraud from Westweed regarding the TOTAL CRIMINAL exposure and quackery of corrupt Pot Docs charging sliding scale fees of up to $500 for whatever insane # the patient requests. 

Ask any sober and sane Marijuana McLawyer -- i.e. not the convicted criminal sex offender -- what is the maximum IPC they recommend as defensible in court. Then ask a real Criminal Defense lawyer who has no association with the Pot Clown Circus.


@DonkeyHotay @instntkrma I haven't heard of such busts in a couple years now. The state form even has a place for the increased numbers now, so law enforcement can call and verify. Many with IPCs still only flower a few, but keep variety for medical purposes.

Now Trending

Denver Concert Tickets

From the Vault