Registering for medical marijuana

WTNH–  The state has announced that four firms have been selected to grow medical marijuana for seriously ill patients. Some patients may be wondering if they qualify for medical marijuana grown at those locations or how they go about obtaining a license to use it.

According to the Department of Consumer Protection, a patient may qualify for medical marijuana if they are being treated for the following conditions:

  •     Cancer
  •     Glaucoma
  •     Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  •     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
  •     Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

If you believe there is another debilitating condition that should be added to the list, you can petition for it by clicking here.

For a patient to qualify for a registration certificate, they must:

  •     Be a Connecticut resident.
  •     Be at least eighteen (18) years of age or older.

To register for medical marijuana, the Department of Consumer Protection has made it into three simple steps:

  •   The physician initiates the registration process by logging into a secure, online system and certifying their patient.
  •  After the physician electronically submits a valid certification, their patient can access the online system to complete the patient portion of the application.
  •  If the physician certifies the need for a primary caregiver, the caregiver can log in after the patient, and complete the application.

You can also click here for more details on the process.

If you qualify for medical marijuana, then 2.5 ounces is the maximum allowable amount, unless your physician indicates a lesser amount. The Board of Physicians will decide if changes need to be made to the allowable amount.

Once you receive your medical marijuana, there are only certain places you can use it.

The following places are prohibited by law:

  • A bus
  • A school bus
  • Any moving vehicle
  • In the workplace
  • On any school grounds or any public or private school
  • A dormitory, college or university property
  • In any public place
  • In the presence of anyone under 18.
  • Any use  that endangers the health or well-being of another person

According to the Department of Consumer Protection, as of January 28th, there are 1,684 patients using medical marijuana in Connecticut.

  • For the number of patients by county, click here.

The marijuana will be produced in  highly secure facilities and is expected to be available by the end of summer.

The following were the firms selected to produce medical marijuana:

  •     Connecticut Pharmaceutical Solutions, LLC (Portland)
  •     Curaleaf, LLC  (Simsbury)

For more information on Connecticut’s medical marijuana program, visit the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection’s website.


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