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Are Medical Marijuana Doctors Getting Conservative?

Westword Dear Stoner: I have a nineteen-year-old son with disabilities, and he is looking to get a medical card , but the MMJ doctors down here in Colorado Springs are very conservative. Are they more liberal in Denver?
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Dear Concerned Parent: I can’t speak to how liberal doctors in Denver are compared to their peers in Colorado Springs, but I can tell you that getting a medical marijuana card is much harder for eighteen- to twenty-year-olds compared to the 21-and-up crowd. The Colorado Legislature passed a law in 2021 that requires more doctor screenings and secondary doctor approvals for medical marijuana applicants ages eighteen to twenty. Since then, the number of patients in that age bracket has declined by around 70 percent in Colorado.

Medical marijuana patient advocates have reported a sharp decline in doctors willing to write medicinal cannabis recommendations since the law took effect, especially in southern Colorado — although there are definitely still cannabis physicians in the Colorado Springs area, as the city only allows medical dispensaries, not recreational stores. The Denver area has more medical marijuana doctors, but if your son’s conditions aren’t recognized as one of Colorado’s eleven debilitating or disabling conditions, then he might have to wait until he’s old enough to be a recreational user. Colorado’s medical marijuana program has been steadily shrinking since 2012. Colorado’s network of medical marijuana doctors will probably be even smaller as the years go on and registered patients decrease. After an expected fall after […]

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