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Medical marijuana registry roller coaster: Slight increase in active cards

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The monthly harvest of medical marijuana patient data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is dried, cured and ready for consumption.

For the first time in three months, the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry saw an increase in patients with current and active red cards. At the end of June, there were 106,817 registered medical marijuana patients in the state, 931 more than at the end of May.

The marijuana industry has been on a roller coaster for the last eight months, ever since the passage of Amendment 64, which legalized possession and cultivation of limited amounts of cannabis. But even with all the ups and downs, registry numbers have held close to constant, at just above 100,000 people.

While the registry grew by 931 patients in June, scores of patients could still be dropping off or not renewing their cards. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment received 3,056 new patient applications that month and didn't report any rejections over that same time period; that means 2,125 people who were patients in May were not registered patients in June.

In June 2011, at its highest point, the registry had 128,690 active red cards. That figure dipped to 80,558 in November of that year before rebounding to 100,000 in June 2012.

The statistics also show that there are 39 medical marijuana patients in Colorado under the age of eighteen. The most famous of these would likely be Charlotte Figi, a child suffering from Dravet Syndrome who was part of a Sanjay Gupta special on CNN this past Sunday, during which the doctor publicly came out in support of medical cannabis as a treatment. That total is down three children from the month before.

Also notable in the stats is an increase of about 1,600 patients who opted to have a dispensary or caregiver grow cannabis on their behalf. Most opt for the dispensary over a private caregiver, according to the CDPHE.

On a related note, the registry reports that its average turnaround time for applications was down from 22 days in May to 12 days in June -- much shorter than in the past. Since every fall traditionally sees a large bubble of patient renewals, now might be a good time to get to the doctor and avoid a delay.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana Policy Project's eight worst state legislators -- with a Coloradan at number one" and "Eric Holder calls for drug-sentencing reform but is silent on Colorado pot law."


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kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

Prohibitionists keep getting stupider:

Colorado Psychiatrist Compares Pot to Lead Poisoning

Dr. Riggs’ statements, included below, emphasize her belief that marijuana and lead have highly similar effects on human IQ.

“I consider this a public health crisis comparable to the impact of environmental lead poisoning associated with an average 7.4 point reduction in IQ with exposures of 10 micrograms per deciliter (Canfield et al 2003, NEJM).”

Dr. Riggs is no-doubt relying on a thoroughly debunked study out of New Zealand that claims chronic teenage pot users experience an IQ drop by late adulthood.

Dr. Riggs is a Psychiatrist and the Director of the Division of Substance Dependence at the University of Colorado. Her comments were posted in full by Dr. Christian Thurstone, an outspoken critic of marijuana use in Colorado. Dr. Thurstone placed his full support behind Dr. Riggs’ statements.


http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2013/08/14/uc-substance-abuse-division-director-responds-to-cnns-weed-report-claims-health-risks-from-marijuana-use-comparable-to-lead-poisoning/

jgreens
jgreens

it would be great to go to the dr. early and avoid delays, but we can only go to the dr. 60 days out from our expiration date.  Then with the previously lengthy turnaround time to get a renewed card, the window of opportunity for people to get their dr. appointments and renewals is really only 5 days or so if you don't want a lapse in your registration.  Hopefully the new 2 day turnaround time these guys are talking about is legitimate and will open the window of opportunity back up to about 3 weeks...

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

Wow--apparently no one heard the CDPHE breached the Constitutionally protected confidential patient registry with the CBI criminal database?  and the CDPHE got an F on their state audit for FAILING to protect the privacy of the patients and caregivers and for over charging patients 12 million dollars in processing fee's.......did anyone notice the state audit mentions a phone number for MMJ inquiries that, when googled, is linked to the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response Bio-Terrorism Hotline--a Homeland Security private contractor??   MMJ and bio terrorism? 

Yes, stay medical--but opt out of the red card.  You will still have a defense in the court of law with your doctors rec. (that you know will be kept private by you) if your 'busted'.  A64 offers NO ONE a defense in the court of law. 

Eryn Morgan Jones
Eryn Morgan Jones

They're going back and forth about when rec sales will start but there have been talks about holding off til 2016. Lakewood has officially put a hold on rec til 2016. It's still all up in the air after 10 months now, so I can't imagine them making any huge decisions by December. And I imagine the quality taking on a liquor-esque scale - you have your McCormicks and you have your Grey Goose. Plus 30% tax.

Cory Sharb
Cory Sharb

I thought it would be sold in retail shops starting next year, but with high taxes. Do you think the quality will be on par with medical?

Michael Apostle
Michael Apostle

Living in modern times automatically qualifies us all to be real patients

Megan Haenny
Megan Haenny

Red card is still the best way to go. Retail won't be open later, and it'll have higher taxes. But I am a real patient. I'd like to see the dime a dozen docs get taken out of the loop so It's really medical and really helps the people who need st without gouging their pockets more.

Jack Quinn
Jack Quinn

Most will keep theirs for another couple of years if not forever. Registration is covered by current ease, and in the future, by lower actual cost due to lower taxes. Plus a red card holder can possess twice what everyone else can and are eligible for higher plant counts.

Melissa Durgin
Melissa Durgin

Yes! Keep your red card. Recreational cannabis is going to be subject to higher fees and more regulation.

Eryn Morgan Jones
Eryn Morgan Jones

if they dont mind paying 30% tax and possibly waiting til 2014-2016 to buy it legally, then yeah, its a waste.

Sensimillia
Sensimillia

@kevin_huntProbably on vacation, like he was this time last year. 


hopefully he'll catch a stomach disease in whatever country/state/trailer park he spends his time and comes back *needing* medical cannabis.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@kevin_hunt Hmmm...I've been away myself...I'm curous how long this has been going on. I have a theory I'm not prepared to disclose quite yet.

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@kevin_hunt 

a baker's dozen of the most likely reasons donkeyhotay is not posting

13-in a coma
12-banned from the westword
11-lost internet access
10-went back to posting under real name
9-bored with the westword and moved on
8-busy campaigning for a political office
7-working on a legal case
6-busy writing a program to find the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything
5-arrested for a hit and run on a cyclist
4-got beat up by a "knuckle-dragging neanderthal," has 10 broken fingers and can no longer type
3-suicide by cop
2-ran out of things to say
1-getting ready for a one way trip to mars

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@jgreens there is no legal compromise if you let your card lapse or expire--you just can't go in a MMC to be further tracked by the CBI and Homeland 'security'.  The Constitution does not require a registry card.  

 

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@Michael ApostleAgree.  With the corruption at every level of government, law enforcement  and corporate rule where it's at, and their attacks on "we the people" and our rights, when we are drinking poisoned water, eating poisoned food, living in/on toxic building materials, shooting poison into the ground and being showered with heavy metals from above,   --  who doesn't "qualify" as a real human in real pain or real discomfort that really feels better after consuming cannabis? 

 

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@Megan Haenny what is a "fake" patient?  I haven't met a person in 20 plus years of cannabis activism that has said--"I smoke pot because it makes me feel worse"  Considering many people use cannabis for mental health and/or creativity rushes and in places like CA, writers block 'qualifies' as 'real patients' --I'm convinced that ALL cannabis use is therapeutic.  The majority agree, cannabis use makes them feel better (therapeutic).  And the people who say so are very real.


kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@Sensimillia No doubt that he will get that stomach disease from A.T.M. contact with farm animals.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@GuestWho All of those are very likely scenarios. 

Another possibility is that he has been strapped to the bed in Christian Thurstone's sex dungeon.

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@kevin_hunt    or perhaps re-assigned following eric holder's recent statements

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