Medical marijuana stats update: Number of kids on registry nearly doubles in two months

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The number of people signing up for their state medical marijuana cards just barely outpaced the thousands of people dropping off the list from July to August. While the total number of new applications for the medical marijuana registry increased by 3,640 from June through August, to 230,847, the total number of active red cards only increased by 330 people. As we've discussed before in this space, the discrepancy is due largely to people leaving the registry and not renewing their state-issued medical marijuana card.

That trend of gaining and losing thousands in a month has continued steadily this year, with slight growth from January to February. The registry peaked at 108,951 patients, then started a slow decline that lasted until it hit 106,817 patients in June. July saw an increase of nearly 2,500 active cards, bringing the number up above 109,000.

Still, at its highest, in June 2011, the registry had nearly 128,700 active members. Those numbers dipped to just above 80,000 in November of that year and didn't rebound to more than 100,000 patients until July 2012.

Currently, the only legal way to purchase marijuana in Colorado is through a dispensary. Legal recreational pot shops created by Amendment 64 have yet to open their doors. In the meantime, adults over 21 are free to grow their own -- up to six plants -- and they can also give away cannabis to other people. Several activists and industry folks speculate that once the recreational shops open up, there will be little need to sign up for the $35 red card. Others say that keeping the red card will be the only way to get around special marijuana taxes that could be as high as 36 percent in places like Denver, since MMJ purchases will be exempt from those taxes.

For the most part, other registry factoids remain the same: Women make up one-third of the registry and the majority of the state's cannabis patients (nearly 60 percent) live in the Denver metro area. In addition, 58 percent designate someone else to grow for them, and at least 85 percent opt to give those rights to a medical marijuana dispensary.

Interestingly, the number of minors on the registry has been increasing rapidly. In June, there were only 35 kids under age eighteen on the registry with parent and doctor approval. By the end of August, that number had risen to sixty -- no doubt due, in part, to national interest in the story of Charlotte Figi, a Colorado child suffering from a rare condition that causes painful and repeated seizures. Figi's story made the national news in August when CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta featured the little girl in a special on the cable-news outlet.

More from our Marijuana archive: "High Times feature focuses on the dabs of Denver" and "Pueblo hoping to profit from other cities' pot sale bans."

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mattleising
mattleising topcommenter

It's good to see the CBD is starting to catch on and save lives :)

Che Harness
Che Harness

Except she went back to chemotherapy a couple days ago because social services threatened her.

Owen Trujillo
Owen Trujillo

Mane Rok I heard about that situation. The way society has raised us, the things that we have been lead or forced to believe are good for us and the people we are led to believe that know whats best for us is in my eyes the best and most effective advertisment ive ever seen in the business we call life. The best thing we can do as an evolved human race (which id like to believe we are) is use the internet rightfully to research and connect with real life situations on our own, hear there stories of how the succeeded or didnt succeed and make our own decisions instead of listening to the very people paid to keep us sick. Marijuana has been illegal because it affects all of their other pharmaceutical business interests. If the kid needs medacine find out the best one you thik will help and give it to them. They give opiate derived drugs to them whats wrong with a little weed.

Alesia Lamar Bickford
Alesia Lamar Bickford

I'm sure it is not nearly as harmful as many prescription drugs, that are prescribed to children every day in this country!

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

So much for keeping dope out of the hands of children.

Julia Story
Julia Story

Because it is legal now in Colorado more people feel safe about getting red cards for their kids - they probably hope there is less judgement. Also, legalization probably convinced a lot of people that marijuana really was a good medication to try.

Erika Gemba
Erika Gemba

Because they finally have an alternative to the drugs that haven't been working to treat their seizures and a slew of other conditions. Realm of Caring

Radiant Sun
Radiant Sun

People are waking up and realizing the numerous benefits of medical marijuana. That in turn has sent parents here with their kids to find relief or a cure. I don't blame them.

Steven Call
Steven Call

Medical marijuana is still the way to go, it will be cheaper most likely better quality then these new public shops that are set to open in 2014

Che Harness
Che Harness

We voted to make marijuana legal and to regulate it like alcohol... not to trade police ticket fines for excessive tax fines.

Probono Eyecandy
Probono Eyecandy

If it's the type of marijuana very low in THC used to treat seizure disorders, more power to them.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"Others say that keeping the red card will be the only way to get around special marijuana taxes that could be as high as 36 percent in places like Denver, since MMJ purchases will be exempt from those taxes."

Of course it's not the only way. Growing your own is probably the best way.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Could it be that the people "dropping off" the list are doing so out of disdain for fascism?


Of course, the parents of afflicted children don't have much of an option, do they? They have to ask "mother may I?" if they want to medicate their afflicted children and don't want to risk being jailed and having their children given to foster parents by the state.

McShyster
McShyster

@mattleising  too bad for stoners that CBD does't get them high.

Behold the future of government controlled and regulated cannabis that has NO THC, and the continued criminalization of THC.



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