Colorado cracking down on high-volume pot patients
DENVER — Colorado plans to crack down on medical marijuana patients, state health department authorities announced today, saying it would challenge patients and medical pot growers with permission for more than six plants.
The head of the state Health Department, Dr. Larry Wolk, announced today that those so-called “high volume” patients and their designated caregivers will have to show physician justification for “medical necessity” waivers.
Colorado has about 5,000 designated “caregivers,” people with permission to grow pot on behalf of a medical marijuana patient.
Colorado limits caregivers to five patients and 30 plants and requires them to have significant responsibilities for caring for their patients. But 24 caregivers have waivers to grow higher amounts because they’ve been granted “medical necessity” waivers. One caregiver has 84 patients, Wolk said.