Updated on November 9, 2018. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
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.
All told, there are 31 conditions that have been approved for medical marijuana use among adults, and 8 that were approved for patients younger than 18 years of age. There were 15,115 patients using medical weed in the state, with 591 doctors registered to certify medical cannabis patients as of January 2017.
One of the marijuana facts for Connecticut that advocates of legalization point to is that the state’s Office of Fiscal Analysis estimates that the legalization and taxation of pot could bring in more than $30 million during the first year.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy supports Connecticut’s medical cannabis program and decriminalization of the plant, but is not in favor of legalizing it for recreational use.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Connecticut faced a budget shortfall of $1.5 billion in 2017.
If you are looking for marijuana facts for Connecticut or any other state, or you want to learn more about physicians in Connecticut who will certify patients for medical cannabis use, turn to MarijuanaDoctors.com. We want you to be as well informed as possible regarding your options, so we update our site on a regular basis.