Updated on May 4, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Connecticut has 41309 patients registered in its medical marijuana program, according to the state’s web portal. To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a Connecticut-licensed physician as having a medical condition that is specifically identified in the law. Patients also have to be at least 18 years of age and be a resident of Connecticut. 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.
In 2012, Connecticut enacted a medical marijuana program. One of the fortunate aspects of medical marijuana facts for Connecticut is the program covers a relatively broad range of conditions when compared to other states.
For example, while many states limit cannabis consumption to those suffering from severe epileptic seizures, Connecticut’s program covers cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, AIDS and several others. Registered patients, however, are only able to obtain a maximum of 2.5 ounces a month, and the only way to be able to legally obtain more is to get a recommendation from the state’s Board of Physicians, which was established by the Commissioner of Consumer protection. Here are some Connecticut marijuana facts you may not be aware of.
The state prohibits the use of marijuana in any type of moving vehicle or any public place. It also prohibits use in the presence of anyone under the age of 18.
Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection can’t require any hospitals or doctors to recognize that cannabis is an appropriate treatment for any specific patient or to recognize it in general. It also can’t refer people to physicians who may be in support of medical marijuana. It treats all information it receives regarding doctors who either have certified patients for medical cannabis or will in the future with complete confidentiality.
According to the website of the Marijuana Policy Project, a poll conducted in 2015 found that pot legalization is supported by 63 percent of voters in Connecticut.
The Connecticut legislature was expected to consider legalization of weed and tax it in a similar manner to alcohol during its 2017 session.
In addition, the Board of Physicians was considering adding new medical conditions to the state’s medical marijuana program. These include osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, severe emphysema/COPD, eczema, peripheral neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia and others.
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