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CT Marijuana Qualification

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Connecticut

House Bill 5389 was signed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, on May 31, 2012, effectively allowing a qualifying patient to register with the Department of Consumer Protection, prior to engaging in the palliative use of marijuana, thereby protecting the patient from arrest or prosecution, or being penalized in any manner, or denied any right or privilege.

The maximum amount allowed by Connecticut for patients per month is 2.5 ounces — unless otherwise directed by the evaluating physician.

A qualifying Connecticut patient shall not be subject to arrest or prosecution, penalized in any manner, including, but not limited to, being subject to any civil penalty, or denied any right or privilege, including, but not limited to, being subject to any disciplinary action by a professional licensing board, for the palliative use of marijuana. Additionally, a qualifying patient is not permitted to be an inmate confined in a correctional institution or facility under the supervision of the Connecticut Department of Corrections.

What Ailments Qualify For Medical Cannabis in Connecticut

Patients in Connecticut diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the Connecticut Medical Marijuana law, as per House Bill 5389:

* Effective March 14, 2016, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, announced additional qualifying conditions:

* Effective October 01, 2016, the following debilitating medical conditions, will also qualify for medical marijuana, as per Connecticut medical marijuana law, for patients over 18 years and older:

*Effective August 2018, according to the Regulation Review Committee:

Spasticity or neuropathic pain associated with fibromyalgia; postherpetic neuralgia; muscular dystrophy; severe rheumatoid arthritis; neuropathic facial pain; hydrocephalus with intractable headache; osteogenesis imperfecta; intractable headache syndromes

For patients under the age of 18 years, the following conditions will effectively qualify:

  • 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; Osteogenesis Imperfecta; Muscular Dystrophy

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How to Become A Medical Marijuana Patient in Connecticut

  1. Patients must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Patients must be a Connecticut Resident with a valid Connecticut I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have a Connecticut I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.
  3. The qualifying patient has been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition and has obtained medical records showing the diagnosis of that condition — *Learn how to request your medical records
  4. Obtain written documentation from a physician licensed in the state of Connecticut stating that, you are a qualifying patient. Be sure to bring your medical records with you to your appointment — *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Connecticut
  5. Once your physician has registered you with the DHSS as a qualifying patient, you must obtain a Medical Marijuana Card from the state of Connecticut.

For more information, check out this resource on the process of certification through Compassionate Care Center of Connecticut.

Medical Marijuana Registration Guidelines

Under Title 21a-408-6 of the Department of Consumer Protection’s Guidelines for Palliative Use for Marijuana, there are guidelines set forth for patients and primary caregivers looking to complete medical marijuana registrations. In order to register, the law states that a patient must submit:

  • Written certification issues by physician
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of qualifying patient’s age
  • A photograph of qualifying patient that is currently, passport-sized, taken against a white backdrop, at least 2″x2″ in size, and taken no more than 30 days before application submission
  • Caregiver form (if necessary)
  • Caregiver’s proof of identity
  • Proof of caregiver’s age
  • Photograph of caregiver
  • Payment of appropriate fees
  • Name, address, and telephone number of the dispensary facility from which the patient will purchase medical marijuana

For more information about this law, please check out this resource on registration guidelines and qualifying materials for application.

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Physicians Board

The Department of Consumer Protection established an eight-member Board of Physicians consisting of physicians or surgeons, who are board-certified in one of the following specialties: neurology, pain medicine, pain management, medical oncology, psychiatry, infectious disease, family medicine or gynecology.
The board is required to recommend additional medical conditions, medical treatments, or diseases to be added to the list of medical conditions, to the Department of Consumer Protection. Such recommendations require approval by the Department and are implemented by the adoption of a regulation.

Medical Marijuana Access in Connecticut

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana doctors in Connecticut will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

According to Connecticut medical marijuana laws, the maximum monthly amount allowable, is 2.5 ounces, unless indicated otherwise by the patient’s physician. The state of Connecticut does NOT allow for the purchase or sale of medical cannabis.

Finally, a helpful & informative website! answered all of my medical marijuana questions and helped me schedule an appointment with an accredited doctor in my area.~Susan - Denver, CO