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Connecticut Medical Marijuana Card

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Card Program

Starting October 1, 2012, qualifying patients will be able to apply for temporary registration certificates from the Department of Consumer Protection. The department shall issue a registration certificate to the qualifying patient and to the primary caregiver and may charge a reasonable fee, not to exceed twenty-five dollars, for each registration certificate issued under this subsection. Any registration fees collected by the department under this subsection shall be paid to the State Treasurer and credited to the account established. 

During the period beginning on October 1, 2012, and ending thirty calendar days after the effective date of regulations adopted, a qualifying patient who would be determined to be eligible for a registration certificate, may obtain a written certification from a physician and upon presenting the written certification to the Department of Consumer Protection, the department shall issue a temporary registration certificate for the palliative use of marijuana.

How To Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Connecticut

  1. To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law:
    Cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn's disease or post-traumatic stress disorder.
  2. Patients also have to be at least 18 years of age
  3. Patients must be a resident of Connecticut.
  4. An inmate confined in a correctional institution or facility under the supervision of the Department of Correction will not qualify, regardless of their medical condition.

What is a Connecticut Marijuana Card?

Physicians will not “prescribe” marijuana in the same way other medications are prescribed to patients. Rather, the Department of Consumer Protection will develop a form that a physician may use to issue a written certification that a particular patient has been diagnosed with a disease that makes the patient eligible for the palliative use of marijuana and can then receive a "Connecticut Marijuana Card", based on a medically reasonable assessment of the patient's medical history and medical condition, the potential benefits to the patient from the palliative use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks. This assessment will have to be made in the course of a bona fide physician-patient relationship. In addition, the physician will have to explain the potential risks and benefits of palliative marijuana use to the patient or their legal guardian.