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Marijuana: Red card numbers drop from March to April despite thousands of new applicants

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For yet another month, the total number of people on Colorado's medical marijuana registry declined, despite the fact that the Department of Public Health and Environment approved thousands of new patients. The reason? More patients either aren't renewing their cards or are dropping off the registry.

The state's statistics show that 3,600 new applications were approved during the month of April. However, the number of active cards on the registry dropped by 1,221 people, to 107,262 during the same time period.

The same thing has occurred every month since Amendment 64 was approved in November, legalizing limited possession and cultivation for adults over 21. Many experts had predicted that the law would decimate the registry, since MMJ patients would no longer need to pay a yearly fee and register with the state in order to use cannabis. To date, that hasn't happened -- possibly because recreational cannabis shops have yet to open their doors.

Nearly 50,000 active medical marijuana patients have designated dispensaries as their primary source of cannabis. If/when those shops turn into recreational stores, observers believe, the patients will go with them. That won't happen until at least January 1, 2014, however.

As usual, the rest of the registry's statistics show that not much has changed. Men still make up about two-thirds of all patients on the registry, with women slowly but steadily increasing their numbers to make up just over 33 percent. The average age for both is early forties, with women slightly older.

Most of the registry -- about 100,000 people -- is made up of those who list "severe pain" as their qualifying condition for medical marijuana. People suffering from muscle spasms are the second-largest group, at more than 16,000. Surprisingly, HIV/AIDS patients -- who many stereotypically associate with the medical cannabis movement -- make up less than 1 percent of the registry, with 651 people.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Christine Tatum: Anti-pot jihadist's questions about Westword, THC tie to terrorism, murder" and " "Marijuana: Introducing Canna-Rave, tthe first ever all-cannabis rave'."


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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I'm so obviously 'disabled' & refuse to share ALL personal info w/ the powers that be, resulting in my not EVER seeking the 'red card' . I've never been to a dispensary nor have I EVER been w/o !!! I'm among the %.009 of the states population that isn't negatively effected by A64 . SEE !!! Being blind & crippled DOES have it's advantages !!!

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

I got my RED Card from Target. It was easy.

Ben Deco
Ben Deco

The red card will save you money in taxes once the recreational stores open.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This is common f'n sense ......

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

It's an added protection, redundant but potentially beneficial.

Jessica Palagonia
Jessica Palagonia

It will be more of a benefit to them if they keep it! I am a red card holder and am going to continue to keep it despite the new laws! I was advised by my care giver/ dispensary to hold on to it.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@davebarnes If you were to try to proffer it at a dispensary, staff might call the police.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Ben Deco This salient point deserves inclusion in such an article -- William?

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Jessica Palagonia Plenty of people may be following your lead, Jessica. Thanks for the post.

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay   Right, the PRISM federal government surveillance program needs the yayhooz at the CDPHE to compile a database of marijuana users and growers.  LMAO.  The feds have been monitoring phone calls, gps data, emails, text messages, and more for years without a warrant.  It's been all over the news that all internet service providers, email service providers, land and mobile phone service providers, social media networks, et cetera have been giving this data to the feds anytime they request it without a warrant.  The feds also intercept or "monitor" most of these communications directly as a matter of national security.  The companies and individuals providing this info have been given immunity for any potential laws they might be breaking since it is in the interest of national security.  It's been going on for years.  It makes no difference whether or not you register with the CDPHE, if the NSA wants to know if you use, grow, or sell marijuana, they're going to fucking know moron.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase ... because Stoners are so cheap they'd abuse the Medical program to evade taxes.

Typical Stoners -- always shirking the law

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@GuestWho ... so make it easier for them by joining a giant central database, complete with SSN, address, phone and names of your dealer / caregiver.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase = lying cunt

You voted to EXCLUDE TENS OF THOUSANDS of ADULTS age 18 up to 21 from ANY protection under A64, maintaining ALL CRIMINAL prohibitions against their peaceful recreational pot use, possession, sale or cultivation -- knowing that they represent the demographic age group that suffers THE MOST arrests and prosecutions for marijuana.

With selfish assholes like you "standing for" them, who needs Benedict Arnold, Brutus or Judas ?

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay What I stand for is adults' right to use cannabis and for an objective consideration of all issues involved -- your job is to try to sabotage both.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase <== deliberately sacrificed, explicitly excluded and continued CRIMINAL persecution of EVERYONE under 21 yrs old via that putrid turd A64 ... just so he could possess a pathetic ounce.

Fuck you Robert, and fuck what you stand for, you narcissistic hypocritical poseur dilettante cunt.


RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  You attack patients, many of whom cannot afford their still expensive medicine -- how many people who have a genuine medical need for cannabis would you sacrifice in order to get at those who do not?  Should Charlotte Figi be returned to status epilepticus and die to satisfy your spleen?

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  Your post has nothing to do with GuestWho's insinuation that the NSA has access to the patient-register.  You too are unwilling to make a definite assertion to that effect.  Most of those for whom you troll probably accept the insinuation as established fact, so move on to your next distortion.  It is a bit flattering to know that the police hang upon my every word; you don't seem to keep anywhere near as extensive a list of quotations for any other poster.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase = Wrong Before, Wrong Again

" I need to acknowledge having previously misinterpreted subsection (3) (a) of the medical cannabis amendment. The specific phraseology of (a) does in fact permit entire law enforcement agencies to know a patient's status when a member stops someone." -- Robert Chase

"Previously Misinterpreted" = was COMPLETELY WRONG, and repeatedly spewed and argued his LEGAL IDIOCY in Public, in spite of wiser minds pointing out his epic failure.



RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@GuestWho  Your reply is not responsive.  Please reread my post.  Do not insinuate that the NSA has access to the patient-register, declare it if you believe it to be true, then, if you can, cite facts (not facts related to their collection of metadata from cell providers or online data from major websites, but ones related specifically to the register of medical cannabis patients maintained by the CDPHE) which support your position.  I did not use the word "paranoid" nor did I call you a conspiracy theorist, but if the shoe fits ... .

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@RobertChase Clearly you don't know what the NSA is capable of.   I am not paranoid of the NSA and accept the fact that they have access to any information transmitted on our communications infrastructure.  Try researching it and you will understand.  If the NSA wants to know what you google in private, say on the phone, have in your email, do on the weekends, or which hand you wipe your ass with they will find out if they decide to put you under surveillance and want to know.  Unless you are applying to a job with a government intelligence agency or are a threat to national security, your personal marijuana use is not a matter of national security. 

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay@GuestWhoBoth of you seem to assume that the patient-register has been compromised, and that the NSA presently has access to every database in existence.  The NSA is very far from omniscient, but I suppose most Americans think that it is, since they approve of the government's abrogation of the Fourth Amendment -- they must imagine at least that they are gaining a little temporary safety (at the cost of our essential liberty).  The primary reason for patients to stay on the register is to avoid the exorbitant taxes to be applied to recreational cannabis; paranoia has a price.

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