"Marijuana… that works for me. It puts me in a better place mentally," says Charles Krushinski, who has multiple sclerosis which has caused complete paralysis in his right leg. Krushinski, 52, doesn't like the side effects that his other prescribed pain medications give him, so he uses medical marijuana as a substitute. 

"Marijuana… that works for me. It puts me in a better place mentally," says Charles Krushinski, who has multiple sclerosis which has caused complete paralysis in his right leg. Krushinski, 52, doesn't like the side effects that his other prescribed pain medications give him, so he uses medical marijuana as a substitute. 

Medicinal

Voters in the state of Colorado passed Amendment 20 in 2000, legalizing limited amounts of medical marijuana for patients and their primary caregivers. According to the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry, patients with "qualifying, debilitating medical conditions" can obtain identification cards for legal access to the drug. Despite the passage of Amendment 64 in 2013, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana, many patients are still renewing their medical licenses.

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Zane Tumia smokes a pipe specially made for burning butane hash oil. Tumia, 22, broke his finger playing basketball, which resulted in having to undergo two surgeries and extensive physical therapy. He still can't bend his finger. As an avid writer and basketball player, he uses marijuana to treat the pain associated with the old injury. 

Zane Tumia smokes a pipe specially made for burning butane hash oil. Tumia, 22, broke his finger playing basketball, which resulted in having to undergo two surgeries and extensive physical therapy. He still can't bend his finger. As an avid writer and basketball player, he uses marijuana to treat the pain associated with the old injury. 

Andrea Sobel has been working in the medical marijuana industry for six months and is in the process of getting her own medical marijuana license to treat her depression. Combined with exercise, she claims that marijuana is the best anti-depressant that she has tried, including various combinations of prescription medication and therapy. Sobel, 22, works at the Terrapin dispensary in Boulder, Colo. 

Andrea Sobel has been working in the medical marijuana industry for six months and is in the process of getting her own medical marijuana license to treat her depression. Combined with exercise, she claims that marijuana is the best anti-depressant that she has tried, including various combinations of prescription medication and therapy. Sobel, 22, works at the Terrapin dispensary in Boulder, Colo. 

Doris Foster has pain in her knees caused by pinched nerves in her lower back. Foster, 94, takes drops of hemp oil on her tongue from a strain of marijuana with none of the psychoactive THC, but is high in Cannabidiol (CBD). This allows her to benefit from the pain relief of medical marijuana without experiencing the typical effects associated with a smoker's high. Foster lives in an independent living facility in Boulder, Colo., and has had her medical marijuana license for five months. 

Doris Foster has pain in her knees caused by pinched nerves in her lower back. Foster, 94, takes drops of hemp oil on her tongue from a strain of marijuana with none of the psychoactive THC, but is high in Cannabidiol (CBD). This allows her to benefit from the pain relief of medical marijuana without experiencing the typical effects associated with a smoker's high. Foster lives in an independent living facility in Boulder, Colo., and has had her medical marijuana license for five months. 

Kyle Raddatz is the general manager at Green Dream Health Services dispensary in Boulder, Colo., which caters predominantly to 30-50 year olds. Raddatz, 27, has been working at the dispensary for almost two years and has a medical license himself to treat back pain from two herniated disks. 

Kyle Raddatz is the general manager at Green Dream Health Services dispensary in Boulder, Colo., which caters predominantly to 30-50 year olds. Raddatz, 27, has been working at the dispensary for almost two years and has a medical license himself to treat back pain from two herniated disks. 

Doctor of Osteopathy Joseph Cohen gives recommendations for medical marijuana treatments to patients with a wide array of medical disorders. Even though recreational marijuana has recently become legal and available to the public, Cohen says that he has seen no decrease in medical marijuana license applications.

Doctor of Osteopathy Joseph Cohen gives recommendations for medical marijuana treatments to patients with a wide array of medical disorders. Even though recreational marijuana has recently become legal and available to the public, Cohen says that he has seen no decrease in medical marijuana license applications.

Leigh Collings is a geriatric care manager and a medical marijuana caregiver. Collings, 67, has a special license to purchase and transport medical marijuana for a homebound client, but she does not use marijuana herself. 

Leigh Collings is a geriatric care manager and a medical marijuana caregiver. Collings, 67, has a special license to purchase and transport medical marijuana for a homebound client, but she does not use marijuana herself. 

Ryan May has had his medical marijuana license, or "red card," for two years. He uses marijuana to treat the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as acid reflux, which include nausea and loss of appetite. May, 26, sits in the Terrapin Dispensary waiting room in Boulder, Colo. 

Ryan May has had his medical marijuana license, or "red card," for two years. He uses marijuana to treat the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as acid reflux, which include nausea and loss of appetite. May, 26, sits in the Terrapin Dispensary waiting room in Boulder, Colo. 


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