Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana remains a hot legal topic in Colorado and across the country. Since residents in Colorado voted in 2012 in favor of a ballot measure essentially legalizing marijuana in the state, there have been many questions about selling, buying and possessing marijuana. One of the most frequently asked questions is:

  • Can I legally use marijuana in Colorado?

The short answer is yes in most cases. But the full answer is much more complicated and you can learn more about this topic by clicking on the question above.

Our lawyers at Bell & Pollock also field many other questions about this topic. Some of the most frequently asked questions about medical marijuana in Colorado and their answers can be found below. We’re proud to be your legal information center in Colorado and hope you explore our website.


Do I need a prescription from a doctor for medical marijuana in Colorado?

Yes. Adults over 21 years old must have a doctor’s prescription to legally buy marijuana in Colorado for medical purposes. Otherwise, you could run the risk of being arrested for using marijuana or being in possession of marijuana in Colorado. While it is legal for adults over 21 years old to use marijuana throughout the state in private, individual cities and towns in Colorado can ban the sale of recreational marijuana, according to Amendment 64 passed in 2012 in Colorado. Marijuana also impairs your driving, which could be illegal.
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How do I obtain a prescription for medical marijuana in Colorado?

Adults over 21 years old can obtain a prescription for medical marijuana in Colorado if you can demonstrate that you have a legitimate medical condition.
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What are the medical reasons for using marijuana in Colorado?

There are many medical reasons why people use marijuana. They typically use it to relieve pain, control nausea and vomiting and stimulate appetite in people with cancer and AIDS. Some of the top health problems or diseases that may lead to a marijuana prescription include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Chronic pain
  • Debilitating pain

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Can I buy medical marijuana at my pharmacy?

Adults over 21 years old can buy medical marijuana at a marijuana dispensary in Colorado with a doctor’s prescription.
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Where can I buy medical marijuana in Colorado?

Statewide, marijuana dispensaries in Colorado are the only places adults over 21 years old can legally buy marijuana. But some cities and towns in the state are planning to legalize the sale of small amounts (primarily less than one ounce) of marijuana to adults over 21 years old.