frequently asked questions
Are all patients authorized to use cannabis for medical purposes?
Patients who are able to safely access medical cannabis must live in Colorado and have a diagnosed qualifying condition according to state guidelines. Patients must be certified by a licensed physician who is registered and approved to perform Medical Marijuana evaluations in Colorado.
What credentials do the physicians at Relaxed Clarity have?
All medical providers working with Relaxed Clarity are licensed and authorized to practice medicine in Colorado and are in full compliance with the state’s medical cannabis program. They all possess extensive working knowledge of the therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis and can further explain how this medicine can offer relief from your condition.
Can Relaxed Clarity help me use marijuana as a medicine if I’ve never used It before?
Yes, we can! Many patients come to us that suffer from a debilitating condition who have never used cannabis before. For this reason, we recommend that you bring your full medical history to determine how cannabis can best offer you relief.
Does Relaxed Clarity require medical records for certification?
We strongly encourage patients to bring any relevant medical records or documentation with them when they attend their appointment. Medical records are required for patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, patients on probation, or patients wanting an extended plant count. If you do not have any, we can help you file a PHI form, which will release the information to us from your primary care physician.
Does Relaxed Clarity prescribe marijuana?
We do not prescribe marijuana. A “prescription” is a specific, federally used term that requires a doctor to specify the dosage and method of ingestion for a specific type of medicine. Our medical providers will discuss various treatment plans with you, including the use of medical cannabis, to alleviate the symptoms of your qualifying condition. If qualified, you will receive a medical cannabis certification.
What can I expect during my first visit with Relaxed Clarity?
When you first arrive, you will provide us with a valid driver’s license or state ID and fill out some initial paperwork. The appointment with the physician will take approximately an hour from start to finish. However, there are some patients who require more time with the physician. We try our best to get you through the process as quick as possible and ask for your patience when waiting. Every patient is required to be seen and evaluated by a licensed physician every year who is registered and approved to perform medical marijuana evaluations.
How do I renew my certification?
Patients must be seen every year to redetermine their eligibility. The license you are granted is only valid for one year and must be renewed before it expires to prevent any down time in being able to possess or purchase their medicine. When your certification is due to expire, please call us at (970) 412 - 5955 to book your renewal appointment and mention that you are a returning patient and when your certification is set to expire. In order to prevent any down time in being able to possess or purchase your medicine, make sure that you give yourself minimum one month’s time before your certification expires to come see us.
How long does the state take to process my application?
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) now allows you to apply online for your license with just a few steps. Once you have completed your appointment with one of our physicians, you will be able to log in to your state account to make a payment online. Most applications are approved within 3 business days of payment and the license will be available to print off or used directly from your smart phone. You must have the most recent version of Adobe Reader to view the license once it is ready.
What is a “caregiver”?
A “caregiver” is someone who can cultivate for you and may transport the medicine for you. This is a great option if you are not able to cultivate or drive to obtain your medicine. Caregivers are required to register with CDPHE and obtain a Cultivation number before you can list them as your cultivating caregiver. Once your caregiver has registered, they can give you a "Caregiver ID Number" for you to list on your application. Click here for the caregiver application.
What is a “center”?
A “center” is commonly referred to as a "dispensary." The center, or dispensary, is a retail store where you may purchase your medicine for a small fee. Medical marijuana is taxable however, the tax is substantially lower than recreational tax and prices. Every center has different products and prices. The staff or "bud tenders" can help you with most common questions and help you find the right strain/form of medicine. Centers can also cultivate your medicine, typically this results in you receiving a discount for shopping at this location. Please note you may only have one center signed up at a time and it is common courtesy to give them 120 days before signing up a different center, if you chose to do so.
What is self-cultivation?
Some patients choose to grow their own medicine. Under state law, you may cultivate six plants. Please educate yourself on local ordinances and codes, as some municipalities have regulations regarding cultivating while residing in a single home dwelling. People who have been approved for medical marijuana are entitled to minimum six plants. State forms allow you to split the cultivation of your medical plants, however this is something you want to discuss with your caregiver and or center/dispensary. You may change your status for cultivation online.
What are elevated plant counts?
When it comes to managing your condition with medical cannabis, we understand that you may need more than the standard amount of plants. Every city, county and municipality are entitled to create their own ordinances. These ordinances can regulate how much medicine can be grown in a single dwelling or home. It is important to make sure you read up on your local city and municipality ordinances and codes. Please note that an elevated plant count does not exclude you from those ordinances, codes, and regulations. Every physician requires you have "extensive" medical records documenting the reason for your request to increase your plant count. You will be required to have regular follow up appointments (approximately two total) in a year. Additional fees apply to extended plant counts for your follow-up visits. During this follow-up, you will need to provide up-to-date medical records and any documentation showing any information about the elevated plant count such as yields or consumption.
This is a case by case situation and is not for everyone. Physicians make their decision partially based on your medical history and partially on the regulations set forth by the state of Colorado. Not all physicians offer this so it is important to call ahead and discuss this with one of our staff members.