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Medical cannabis provides many people experiencing chronic, persistent, or debilitating symptoms of various medical conditions with relief that allows them to lead better lives. Connecticut became the 17th state to authorize the use of medical cannabis for its residents. Despite having an active medical marijuana patient program and recreational use laws, many residents are unaware of how to become medical patients. This guide offers a bird’s-eye view of the entire process and more.

Connecticut residents interested in becoming medical marijuana cardholders must be at least 18 years old and provide a copy of the following as proof.

  • State identification card
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport

Minor patients must have a parent or guardian complete their CT medical marijuana card application online.

Medical patients must also provide proof of state residency. The following documents are accepted:

  • Statement from a utility provider
  • Credit card statement
  • Printed W-2 or check stub
  • Mortgage statement
  • Medicaid, Medicare, or SSI benefit statement
  • Property tax bill
  • Pension or retirement benefit statement
  • Car loan or financing statement
  • Voter registration card
  • Rental, lease, or mortgage statement
  • Handgun permit
  • Car or truck registration 

Residents must upload their proof documents online and pay a registration fee in order to submit their applications for processing.

Potential patients, such as minors or those who require assistance with their medical marijuana treatments, must also designate a caregiver on their application for processing. Applicants with medical marijuana certifications that indicate the need for a primary caregiver will not be able to complete their registration with the CT Medical Marijuana Program until they comply.

Medical cannabis contains beneficial properties, such as terpenes and cannabinoids that alleviate pain, nausea, insomnia, fatigue, and other debilitating symptoms commonly associated with severe, chronic, and terminal medical conditions.

Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Program is managed by the Department of Consumer Protection and is responsible for regulating the list of qualifying medical ailments and symptoms for medicinal marijuana treatment. Connecticut residents interested in using marijuana for medical treatment must have at least one of the qualifying medical conditions listed below.

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis 
  • Damage to the Spinal Cord Nervous Tissue with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Cachexia
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy
  • Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Type 1 and Type II 
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder
  • Spasticity or Neuropathic Pain Associated with Fibromyalgia
  • Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Post Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Hydrocephalus with Intractable Headache
  • Intractable Headache Syndromes
  • Neuropathic Facial Pain
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain Associated with Degenerative Spinal Disorders
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • MALS Syndrome (Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome)
  • Vulvodynia and Vulvar Burning 
  • Intractable Neuropathic Pain that Is Unresponsive to Standard Medical Treatments
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain of at least six months duration associated with a specified underlying chronic condition refractory to other treatment intervention
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Associated with Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Movement disorders associated with Huntington’s Disease

Connecticut’s medical cannabis treatment program is not just for adults. Adolescents and children under the age of 18 or minors with certain medical conditions who may benefit from medical marijuana are eligible if their afflictions include any of the following debilitating medical conditions.

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity 
  • Severe Epilepsy
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Intractable Neuropathic Pain
  • Tourette Syndrome for patients unable to benefit from standard medical treatment
  • Chronic Pancreatitis pain that’s resistant to standard treatments

The medical cannabis program for minors requires the participation of a qualified caregiver. An authorized parent or legal guardian must apply on behalf of the minor. Additional program participation criteria include certification for medical marijuana treatment from a minimum of two qualified physicians; one is the minor’s primary medical provider, and the other is a board-certified specialist.

In Connecticut, the fee for medical marijuana certification cards is $100 for new and renewing patients. The cost for caregivers is $25. Connecticut’s medical marijuana card fees are among the lowest across the country. Many patients find it easier to use an all-in-one medical doctor referral service like Marijuana Doctors.

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Details About the Medical Marijuana Process in Connecticut

Now that prescription cannabis is available in Connecticut, many residents who rely on store-bought pain relief and pharmaceutical medications to manage their symptoms, have a more viable and effective treatment option with cannabis. However, not everyone with qualifying medical conditions can apply. 

There are exclusions, such as incarcerated applicants and those with certain criminal histories are barred from Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Program. Applying to become a patient is relatively straightforward, yet many remain unclear about how to start or which doctor to see.

Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Marijuana in Connecticut

Becoming a medical marijuana patient in Connecticut is quick and convenient, but there are some common concerns that many residents and patients encounter along the way. Below are some questions and answers to help clear up any confusion or uncertainty.

How to Find a Reputable Medical Marijuana Doctor in Connecticut

Despite availability and accessibility, knowing where to go for medical cannabis recommendations is not easy. Connecticut is home to over 1550 registered cannabis medical providers, so there’s no shortage of physicians. 

To make it easier for applicants to get their marijuana certifications and learn treatment recommendations, Marijuana Doctors maintains a comprehensive cannabis doctor network for Connecticut residents to find a medical provider that best meets their needs. Need to see a doctor near you? Click the Find a Doctor Locator to find one in seconds.

How Long Are Medical Marijuana Recommendation Cards Valid?

Connecticut medical marijuana and caregiver cards expire one year after the certification date listed on the cannabis prescription recommendation. Upon expiration, cards are no longer valid or usable. New cannabis prescription cards are issued upon recertification approval.

To maintain access to their cannabis treatments, patients must renew their medical marijuana certifications yearly. Renewing patients must complete six certifications, update their personal information, and satisfy all other program requirements before paying the $100 renewal fee. 

Caregivers must satisfy all program requirements, update their information, complete five certifications, and pay the $25 caregiver application fee. Because delays and issues are common, patients should recertify their status at least 30 days before their current card expires.

Does Connecticut Allow Recreational Cannabis Use?

Adults over 21 are allowed to possess up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana. Recreational sales at state-licensed dispensaries are expected to begin by the end of the year (2022).

How to Replace Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Marijuana Cards

Lost, stolen, or damaged cards are common. Medical patients can fill out a form to get a replacement, stolen, or damaged marijuana card and pay the $35 replacement fee. 

Connecticut Marijuana Patient Limits on Different Types of Medical Cannabis Products

Cannabis treatments are available in the form of flower, edibles, concentrates, topicals, tinctures, and flower. The maximum allotment for medical marijuana patients is 3.5 ounces a month. Some patients may be prescribed more or less based on their certifying physician’s recommendations. Patients don’t have to purchase their entire monthly dosage all at once. Dispensaries can dispense lower portions that don’t exceed 2.5 ounces and the rest, up to the remaining 3.5 ounces, at different times or transactions within the 30-day allotment period.

What Is a Caregiver?

Adults over 18 are allowed to become caregivers as long as they can pass a background check and satisfy the following criteria:

  • Must be listed as a primary caregiver on a qualifying patient’s application
  • Patient certification must state the need for a primary caregiver
  • Provide the state with a valid email address
  • Provide a current phone number
  • Have acceptable documentation of residency and identification

Applicants must complete their registration online and pay the $25 caregiver application fee for processing.

Locate Connecticut Dispensaries

Currently, medical patients can visit any dispensary in the state to get their medical marijuana treatments and the marijuana products they need. Use our Connecticut dispensary locator to find the closest medical marijuana treatment center nearest you. 

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Becoming a medical marijuana patient in Connecticut is easy and affordable. Not only do patients have access to some of the best marijuana products in the country, but the medical providers are also friendly, knowledgeable, and vested in providing the comprehensive care and support cannabis patients need.

Marijuana Doctors is here to help you start your medical cannabis journey so you can experience its powerful and life-changing benefits for yourself. Contact us today!

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