Colorado’s new medical marijuana license not without problems

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is transitioning to a new design for Medical Marijuana Licenses.


The original design was printed on paper at a size way too inconvenient to carry around. It has to be folded in all sorts of funky ways to fit in your wallet. In the early days, the licensee’s information was printed using an ink jet printer. If your card got wet, the ink would run and create all sorts of problems. Even worse if it made it into the laundry. Because laminating it is illegal, patients and dispensaries came up with all sorts of clever sleeves and ways to protect it.

After more than 14 years, the CDPHE finally changed to something more convenient to carry.


It’s an improvement, but has issues. It’s the size of a library card, fits easily in your wallet, but it’s very thin and delicate. Some patients have reported that the ink rubs off after awhile, so you might still want to put it in a protective sleeve.

What do you think of the new design? Have you had any problems with the new card?

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1 reply

  1. The ink does rub off but luckily one dispensary person warned me about that and showed me how to use a postit note to act as a ‘sleeve. Stick the sticky portion of the postit note onto the BACK of the card then fold the note over the front to protect it from the ink rubbing off. A tyvek sleeve might work well too.


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