Ask a Stoner: How Many Plants Can I Grow If I Have an MMJ Card?

Ask a Stoner: How Many Plants Can I Grow If I Have an MMJ Card?
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Dear Stoner: What is the number of plants one can cultivate with a medical marijuana card? I’ve heard you can have up to 75 if you’re a caregiver, but I’ve also heard Colorado will be setting a state maximum of twelve.

Dear Pete: Current medical marijuana caregivers can actually have up to 99 plants for a maximum of five patients, thanks to a bill passed in 2015 — but the clamps have been tightening ever since. Caregivers with extended plant counts of more than 36 plants in their homes must now register with the state, and Governor John Hickenlooper has been vocal about further cutting those counts in 2017 because of concerns about the black market.

The rumblings you’ve been hearing about a twelve-plant maximum are true: The state has been pushing to limit a patient’s plant count to twelve in private homes this year, as well as to adopt a more detailed patient registration system and ban recreational co-ops. If you don’t think twelve is enough, try to get an extended plant count while you still can; they’re not dead yet.

Ask a Stoner: How Many Plants Can I Grow If I Have an MMJ Card?
Kate McKee Simmons

Dear Stoner: Walking in a dispensary here is delightful, but one thing I miss is being able to get plain old hash! I travel to Denmark quite a bit and get my fill, but why can’t I get that same old hash here?
Hashman Gary

Dear Gary: Because we silly Americans love shiny new things, and unfortunately for you, that’s not plain old hash. Solvent-run concentrates can get near 90 percent THC and taste and smell nearly identical to the flower they’re blasted from if extracted correctly. Once dab rigs and coil vaping came around, the endangerment of bubble hash, kief, finger hash and other old delicacies was inevitable. More dispensaries would carry them if people asked, but the demand just isn’t there anymore.

I’m on your side, man. Bring back the old stuff! Not only is ice-water hash clean of dangerous solvents and way less messy to play with, it’s also actually legal to make in your home — unlike butane hash oil (BHO) and CO2-run concentrates, which can give off harmful gases and carry explosive risks. But there are still some shops out there that will sell you the old stuff — Good Chemistry, Infinite Wellness, Alternative Medicine on Capitol Hill, L’Eagle and the Joint, off the top of my head.

Have a question for our Stoner? E-mail marijuana@westword.com or call the potline at 303­-293­-2222.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.