05/26/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Colorado Medical Marijuana Application Deluge Prompts Process Change At Health Department

Inundated with medical-marijuana patient applications, Colorado's health department has changed one way it handles the flood of paperwork.

Starting April 1, health department workers will no longer review applications submitted at the department's walk-up window to make sure they are complete before accepting them. In a news release, the health department said that practice unfairly gave walk-up applications priority and contributed to a backlog of mailed-in applications.