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Getting a Medical Card in Connecticut

Updated on November 19, 2021.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Getting a Medical Marijuana Prescription in CT

As of November 2021, Connecticut had 54,000 patients registered in the statewide medical cannabis program. The communities with the highest number of registered patients are New Haven (13,116), Fairfield (12,171), and Hartford (11,923). 

Patients with a medical card do not pay a special cannabis excise tax. Each purchase of medical cannabis is subject to a 6.35% retail tax. However, residents purchasing for adult use can expect to pay about 20% taxes on all cannabis products if they don’t have a medical card. 

Medical Marijuana in Connecticut (2021 Update)

The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) announced that the monthly amount of cannabis a patient can purchase in CT had been increased. A move to both help patients and cultivators in Connecticut. 

Effective October 15, 2021, the Drug Control Division’s Medical Marijuana Program in Connecticut allows the use of up to 3 ounces. Previously patients were limited to purchasing 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana per month. Patients who have been approved for less cannabis per month by their physician will still be limited to the prescribed amount. 

The DCP Commission Michelle H. Seagull indicated that the adoption of adult-use legalization may pose some challenges for cultivators. The first priority is to provide cannabis and products for patients in Connecticut. 

By increasing the purchase amount, it may reduce the frequency that patients visit a dispensary. This can help cultivators get used to the increased demand in Connecticut, now that recreational (adult-use) cannabis sales are increasing. 

FAQs

Who qualifies for medical marijuana in Connecticut?

A patient with a qualifying health condition aged eighteen (18) years or older may apply. The patient cannot be an inmate of a Connecticut corrections facility.

Patients over the age of eighteen years may apply if they have been diagnosed with:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord Damage (Neurological Pain or Intractable Spasticity)
  • Epilepsy
  • Cachexia 
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sickle Cell Disease 
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy
  • Severe Psoriasis including Psoriatic Arthritis 
  • ALS
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Type 1-2)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury with Intractable Spasticity (Irreversible)
  • End of Life Care (Terminal Illness)
  • Intractable and Uncontrolled Seizure Disorder
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Post Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Hydrocephalus (With Intractable Headache)
  • Neuropathic Facial Pain
  • Muscular Dystrophy 
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta 
  • Interstitial Cystitis 
  • Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS)
  • Vulvodynia and Vulvar Burning Symptoms 
  • Intractable Neuropathic Pain (Unresponsive to Conventional Treatments)
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain (Lasting Longer Than Six Months)
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Caused by Chronic Pain)
  • Chronic Pancreatitis 
  • Huntington Disease 

Connecticut Medical Cannabis Qualifying Conditions for Minors

Some states have a separate and smaller list of qualifying health conditions for minors. That is because new clinical studies suggest there may be a cognitive development risk for children under twenty-one. 

In Connecticut, a minor may apply for access to medical cannabis if they have one of the following health conditions:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury (With Intractable Spasticity)
  • Severe Epilepsy
  • Terminal Illness (Compassionate Care)
  • Intractable Seizure Disorder
  • Muscular Dystrophy 
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Intractable Neuropathic Pain 
  • Tourette Syndrome)
  • Chronic Pancreatitis 

Both minors and adults applying to the medical cannabis program must formally diagnose the qualifying health condition. Minors are also required to have a designated caregiver registered with the CT medical marijuana program. 

If the diagnosis of a health condition changes or symptoms subsides, a patient may not be approved for medical card renewal. A practitioner or physician health evaluation is required annually to review symptom management needs. 

What Medical Marijuanas are Available in CT?

Like other states that have legalized adult-use, there is a wide variety of cannabis products available for patients as well. If you have a medical card, you can visit a medical or recreational dispensary. 

No matter where you buy your cannabis, if you have government-issued photo identification and your medical card, you will not pay the excise tax on your purchase. 

Dispensaries have the following products available:

  • Smokable cannabis (whole flower) 
  • Cannabis oil vapes 
  • Edibles
  • Concentrates and Extracts
  • Pre-Rolls
  • Topical creams, gels, and ointments
  • Tinctures

When you visit a medical cannabis dispensary for the first time, make sure to schedule an appointment. Many medical dispensaries in Connecticut have an online form and appointment booking on their website. 

Dispensaries will consult with you, create a patient profile, and suggest strains and cannabis products that may help. Assistants at the dispensary can also discuss different intake options for you.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Get a Connecticut Medical Card?

Patients must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to get a Connecticut medical card. Minors under the age of eighteen require the consent of a parent or legal guardian. And caregivers must be designated for minors to access medical marijuana in Connecticut. 

Do I need to create my own MMJ patient profile?

Before applying for your medical cannabis card in Connecticut, make sure you have a primary care provider. If you do not have a family doctor, you will be required to register one. And that can slow down the application process. 

After you have received your physician certification letter, you must complete the application process online. The Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program provides a chart that lists the steps to complete the patient application. The cost of registration and annual renewal is $100 for patients. Proof of identity is required, but as of 2019, patients do not need to provide a passport-quality picture. 

Can I register my child for medical marijuana?

Yes, you can if you are a parent or legal guardian of a child with chronic health conditions. Minors have a limited list of qualifying health conditions compared to adults. 

How can I become a caregiver for MMJ in CT?

Before a minor may be issued a Connecticut medical card, the caregiver must be designated. The Registration Certificate for cannabis use is provided only after the caregiver has been registered for the patient.  Adults may also require a caregiver. If a patient applying is not a minor but still requires a caregiver, the physician will indicate that on the letter of referral. 

How do I renew my Connecticut medical card?

Patients in the Connecticut Medical Cannabis Program will receive an email about 30-45 days prior to the expiration of the medical card. That is to remind patients to schedule their health evaluation and renew their cards.

If a medical card expires in Connecticut, the patient must apply again. The option to renew is not available. The cost of an annual CT medical card renewal is $100.

What if I lose my medical card in CT?

If you have lost or damaged your Connecticut medical card, you can request a replacement if there has been no change to your legal name or address. 

Patients must complete a form and then send it to the DCP Medical Marijuana Program within five (5) business days of misplacing the card. There is a $10 fee for replacement. 

Delay in reporting the loss of a medical card can result in suspending the patient’s registration certificate. Or in some cases, the certificate can be revoked by the CT MMJ authorities. 

Where do you get medical marijuana in Connecticut?

Medical cardholders can purchase cannabis from any dispensary in Connecticut. Patients must provide a valid CT medical card and government-issued photo identification. 

Minors who are registered to the Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program may not enter a dispensary. However, caregivers can seek consultation, purchase and administer cannabis products to the minor. 

There are five licensed cannabis delivery service providers in Connecticut. Since July 2021, patients have ordered online for home delivery of medical marijuana products and supplies. 

When did medical marijuana in CT become legal?

On June 1, 2012, then-Governor Dannel Malloy signed HB 5389. The new laws made Connecticut the 17th state in America to provide a medical cannabis program for patients. 

The History of Medical Marijuana in Connecticut

Connecticut has been progressive about cannabis decriminalization. But it took some time to legalize medical and then adult-use cannabis in the state. 

June, 2011—Then-Governor Dannel Malloy signed the first decriminalization legislation for Connecticut. Lower penalties were provided for marijuana possession of smaller amounts. And for possession charges that did not involve distribution or a violent crime. 

Source Web 2021: portal.ct.gov

April 2018—A narrow vote by the General Assembly of 27-24 in favor propelled legislation to legalize adult-use (recreational) cannabis in Connecticut. At that time, three separate cannabis legalization bills were drafted and prepared to be sent to the General Assembly for review in October 2018. The bills did not progress. 

Source Web 2021: natlawreview.com 

August, 2018—Eight new conditions were approved by the Connecticut Legislature Regulations Review Committee. It brought the number of chronic symptoms and qualifying health conditions to thirty (30). And it helped expand patient access to CT medical marijuana. 

The new conditions included spasticity, post-herpetic neuralgia, severe rheumatoid arthritis, hydrocephalus, neuropathic facial pain, and intractable headaches. 

Patients under eighteen (18) years were provided two new qualifying health conditions; muscular dystrophy and osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease). Today, Connecticut has more qualifying health conditions than other states permit. 

Source Web 2021: portal.ct.gov

July, 2021—Senate Bill No. 1118 is called “An Act Concerning Responsible and Equitable Regulation of Adult-Use Cannabis,” becomes law. Nine years after medical cannabis legislation was first adopted in CT. 

Source Web 2021: cga.ct.gov

 

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Department of Consumer Protection (DCP)
Medical Marijuana Program
165 Capitol Ave
MS# 88MMP
Hartford CT 06106-1630
Phone: (860) 713-6066
Toll-Free: (800) 842-2649
Email: dcp.mmp@ct.gov
Website: Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program

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Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program: Possession and Cultivation Regulations

In the state of Connecticut, the maximum monthly amount allowable, is 2.5 ounces, unless indicated otherwise by the patient’s physician. Under Connecticut law, cultivation is NOT permitted.

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services Online

The State of Connecticut has a legalized telemedicine program, which allows patients to receive care from a physician online. However, it is still prohibited for physicians prescribe Schedule I drugs, like medical marijuana, using telemedicine.

Since the Connecticut medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Connecticut medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Connecticut medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following Connecticut medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of Connecticut’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in Connecticut.

Connecticut Qualification

A patient must be in the process of receiving treatment from a state-licensed physician for a qualifying condition to be eligible to participate in the Connecticut medical marijuana program. Unlike some states that have severely restrictive programs, Connecticut allows patients suffering from a wide range of conditions to gain access to medicinal cannabis. These include ailments common to programs in several states, such as:

MarijuanaDoctors.com offers a definitive guide on Who Qualifies for Marijuana in Connecticut. We’ll keep you updated regarding any changes to this list.

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Laws

While Connecticut’s medical marijuana program is one of the more compassionate in the United States, penalties for non-medical users remain relatively harsh. For example, while a first offense for possessing less than half an ounce is a civil infraction of $150, a subsequent offense involving the same amount will draw a $500 fine.

Possession of a half an ounce up to four ounces is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. However, a second or subsequent offense for the same amount is considered a felony that carries a penalty of up to five years in jail and a fine of as much as $3,000. MarijuanaDoctors.com offers a comprehensive look at Connecticut’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws, so check back with us often.

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Card

To legally possess medical marijuana in Connecticut, a patient must suffer from a qualifying condition as well as obtain a registration certificate. The patient must be a resident of the state and cannot be confined in a state correctional facility.

We provide detailed information on how to obtain a Connecticut Medical Marijuana Card so you will be as informed as possible regarding the process.

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Facts

Proponents of legalized marijuana often point to the potential growth of state revenue. According to an editorial that appeared in the Feb. 12, 2017 issue of The Hartford Courant, legalizing weed in Connecticut could generate an estimated $100 in state taxes as well as millions more dollars to municipal governments.

Colorado, which legalized pot in 2012, saw nearly $1 billion in marijuana-related sales in 2015 alone. Check out our section on additional Connecticut Medical Marijuana Facts if you are interested in learning more about the issue.

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