Colorado Podiatry Board: News



Recommending Medical Marijuana

Marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, and recommendations for medical marijuana are not prescriptions.

Article XVIII, Section 14 of the Colorado Constitution, and Section 25-1.5-106 of the Colorado Revised Statutes authorize qualified physicians and advanced practice practitioners with prescriptive authority to recommend medical marijuana if they determine that the patient suffers from a debilitating or disabling medical condition and might benefit from such use. The recommendation is submitted to the Medical Marijuana Registry with the rest of the patient's application. If all other application information is complete and correct, the patient will be issued a registry identification card. The prescriber's recommendation for medical marijuana cannot be "filled" as a prescription at a pharmacy.

Please review this information for more details about the difference between prescriptions and medical marijuana recommendations.



New Rules Effective January 30, 2021

New rules for the Colorado Podiatry Board went into effect on January 30, 2021. These rules were adopted to implement: 
Colorado Senate Bill 19-079, concerning the requirement that certain practitioners prescribe controlled substances electronically; and 
Colorado Senate Bill 20-102, concerning required disclosures to patients regarding formal actions based on sexual misconduct.  

To view the details of this rulemaking project and track all rule changes, follow Tracking Numbers 2020-00854 and 2020-00855. The Board encourages all licensees and stakeholders to read the published new rules 300 and 310. Please direct any questions to  


New Disclosure Required

On May 14, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 19-1174 Out of Network Healthcare Services. The bill includes provisions for how health insurance carriers will reimburse providers (doctors, hospitals and other health care providers) for out-of-network emergency and non-emergency care. The new law went into effect on January 1, 2020, and also requires healthcare providers to develop and provide consumer disclosures about the potential effects of receiving emergency or non-emergency services from an out-of-network provider, and the possibility of “surprise billing.” As part of the implementation of House Bill 19-1174 Out-of-network Surprise Billing, the Division of Professions and Occupations is providing a sample disclosure form. Please feel free to use your own form if you prefer.