There is currently a lot of debate and confusion in the marijuana community surrounding the topic of increased or extended plant counts. Colorado Springs residents may not be clear on the rules for MMJ high plant count. Colorado Springs medical cannabis patients have the right to grow additional plants at home, but an ordinance passed in 2016 by the Colorado Springs City Council limits all home grows. This ordinance is making obtaining an approved higher or extended plant count more difficult, if not impossible, to attain. The cap on the number of plants applies to each residence, or “housing unit”, regardless of how many legitimate medical marijuana patients reside in the home.
The Colorado Constitution declares six plants as the baseline, but allows for more if medically necessary. It also allows for the patient and his/her primary caregiver (not necessarily a doctor) to determine the amount of medicine required for treatment of ‘the patient’s debilitating medical condition’. Such conditions are defined as:
- (I) Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or treatment for such conditions;
- (II) A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition, or treatment for such conditions, which produces, for a specific patient, one or more of the following, and for which, in the professional opinion of the patient’s physician, such condition or conditions reasonably may be alleviated by the medical use of marijuana: cachexia; severe pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those that are characteristic of epilepsy; or persistent muscle spasms, including those that are characteristic of multiple sclerosis; or
- (III) Any other medical condition, or treatment for such condition, approved by the state health agency, pursuant to its rule making authority or its approval of any petition submitted by a patient or physician as provided in this section.
Determining the amount of marijuana that is medically necessary to treat a patient can be a complicated process. For recommendations on which cannabis products may be best for your situation, contact Medical Alternatives Clinic today at (719) 246-0393 in Colorado Springs with any questions or to set up an appointment with one of our helpful, knowledgeable, friendly Colorado Springs MMJ Doctors. We are here to assist you in any way we can, including obtaining an extended plant count, and will happily provide you with a copy of any paperwork necessary for your personal records.