use of marijuana for those suffering from debilitating diseases, the policies and statutes governing the use of medical marijuana require users to adhere to a strict set of rules.  For instance, the state of Colorado requires those who wish to use prescribed medical marijuana to treat their conditions must submit an application to the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry and pay a registration fee in order to receive a card.  While this card allows users to access marijuana and grants permission for them to use the substance for medical purposes, anyone who does not adhere to these procedures and attempts to use marijuana could face serious criminal charges.

Denied Debilitating Medical Conditions



-Chron’s Disease

-Diabetes Mellitus, types 1 & 2

-Diabetic Retinopathy

-Hepatitis C


-Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

-Opiod Dependence

-Post Tramautic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

-Severe Anxiety and Clinical Depression

-Tourette’s Syndrome

Because state law does not approve the use of medical marijuana for a large number of debilitating diseases, individuals should not assume that just because they have any debilitating disease that they may obtain and use the controlled substance.  Indeed, even if you suffer from one of the approved medical conditions, if you don’t adhere to statutes and ordinances of your state and fail to obtain a card from the registry, you could find yourself facing criminal charges, fines, and prison sentences that will only add to your existing woes.

If you are resident of Colorado and you are currently suffering from one of the approved debilitating medical conditions, then Colorado criminal defense attorney—along with an approved physician–can assist you in legally procuring marijuana for medical purposes.  If you’ve been approved and received your registry card, you may still want to seek the advice of Colorado criminal defense attorney as a way of reducing your criminal liability.  For instance, if you possess or grow marijuana for medical purposes, you may want to place the substance in as few containers as possible while also clearly labeling the containers. Doing so will reduce confusion and suspicion in the off-chance law enforcement search your home.

Approved Debilitating Medical Conditions



-infection with or positive status for human immunodeficiency virus

Symptoms of Approved Debilitating Medical Conditions

– cachexia

-severe pain

-severe nausea
-seizures, including those that are characteristic of epilepsy

-persistent muscle spasms, including those that are characteristic of multiple sclerosis